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Luthiers: Question regarding Neck Attachment

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Saint, Sep 22, 2002.

  1. Saint


    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    I am in the process of building a fretless from Warmoth bass parts (Jazz Neck, P-Body, no pickguard). I have already successfully drilled the neck bolt holes and the neck fits snugly in the pocket. The fretboard extends about 2" beyond the point where the neck attaches to the body.

    My problem is that the fretboard extension does not sit flush with the front of the body. The neck sticks out from the body, and consequently there is about a 1/4" or more gap between the freboard extension and the body.

    3 questions:

    a) Is this abnormal

    b) Does it matter?

    c) How do I remedy if it does matter?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    If I understand you correctly, then it's quite normal and it doesn't matter.

    At what fret does the neck end and the "extension" start? It seems a little weird that the extension is 2" long.

    The only things you need to worry about is a solid neck joint and that the distance between the bridge saddles and the nut is equal to the scale length.

    And that the bridge is high enough for the strings to pass cleanly above the fingerboard...
  3. Saint


    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    Thanks very much for the response!