Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Neck Profile?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by count_funkula, Oct 15, 2004.


  1. How do you guys keep your neck shape consistant across each bass? Each time I have built a bass the back of the neck is close but there is a different feel each time. How can I ensure each one feels the same?
     
  2. make some check guages.

    take your reference neck, make some templates,

    check and recheck your next neck.
     
  3. tdogg

    tdogg

    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    do you make like plywood templates or do you use a radius guage (i think thats what theyre called)
     
  4. T. Brookins

    T. Brookins Supporting Member

    You could make a radius key from clay.
     
  5. I use a contour gauge to copy the first profile. I make some templates from that, and use those to check the new one as I shape it.
     
  6. I don't. I shape each neck based on the customer's specific request.
     
  7. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    I don't.
    I improve.
     
  8. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    I do the final shaping of each neck by hand, and it's done when it "feels right" to my hand...
     
  9. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    A little off topic but not too much. What do you guys use to remove the bulk of the back of the neck?
     
  10. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    I start with a bandsaw, make it sorta "baseball bat" shaped... then I move on to rasps/surforms/microplanes (lately I've been using a microplane "drum" chucked into my 1/2" drill for neck shaping and some body contouring... LOVE IT).

    I then use my random orbit sander to clean up the chatter, and finish with sandpaper in my hand, until it feels "right", comfortable to touch and play.
     
  11. 1. rough taper thickness on the bandsaw
    2. cut 45deg on each side to remove the bulk on the bandsaw
    3. final taper on the safe-t-planer
    4. rough shape on the stationary belt sander (idler drum)
    5. final shape on the pneumatic drum sander
     
  12. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    You just recently started with that pneumatic drum sander, didn't you, Wilser? How are you liking that?
     
  13. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Yes more info on the drum sander! I might need a saf-t-planer too.....t
     
  14. i to it all by hand...using rasps, files and loads of sandpaper, mostly by feel, though i must say the asym neck idea that tobias has is great
     
  15. Skelf

    Skelf Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2005
    Moffat D&G Scotland
    Builder AC Guitars.
    I do it by feel. I carve an asymmetric neck and stop when I think it is comfortable.
    Alan
     
  16. Loving it! almost as much as my safe-t-planer. I'm also starting to use the pneumatic drum sander to smooth out the tummy cut and forearm contours.