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Neck throughs and bookmatch to center

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Lonnybass, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Hi ya'll-

    I'm gearing up on a new bass and I'm curious to hear what workflows and processes have succeeded (and what didn't!) for bookmatching an exotic top over an underlying neck through core. A few past threads have turned up some decent info and a couple of explanatory photos, but not as comprehensive as I had hoped. So let's see'em!

  2. Never tried one myself, but I would imagine you just rout away the thickness of the new top on the neck blank. You should be able to make a nice little jig to do it well. I would suggest doing it before the fingerboard and wings are glued on though.
    Personally if I'm doing a neck through I want it to show. ;)
    Good luck,
  3. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Yep. Just cut away the neck material:


    And carefully cut the top to fit around the neck:

  4. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    That will make one very nice warlock.
  5. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Mikeys suggestion is probably the most straightforward approach, and if done properly, will look stellar. If you have the tools, the cleanest application is to cut a fitted rabbit into the central core the thickness of the top and recess the top into the neck section below where the fretboard crosses the body plane.

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