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Neck-thru blank sources?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by joe thomas, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. joe thomas

    joe thomas

    Jun 1, 2005
    Hi all,
    I'm just getting back into building guitars since the late 80's and was looking for sources of bass neck-thru blanks. It appears all my old sources have disappeared. :(

    I'm looking for either pre cut blanks (angles, paddlehead)or semi finished blanks (fingerboard & truss installed, shaped neck, paddlehead). Anyone know of any sources these days?

  2. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    I only know of carvin who makes them
  3. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    You might ask them if they will do longer blanks.

    Also Larry at Gallery Hardwoods has done glued-up blanks in the past. See his forum here at TB.
  4. Pilot, I have never gotten THOSE people to even give me the courtesy of a reply email. I've emailed directly, I've emailed them through their system, and I've done 2 quote requests using their online forms. Nothing.

    So as far as I'm concerned they don't exist. :spit:
  5. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Bummer. I was all excited for a second. :(
  6. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    As was I, seeing as one of Chris Benevente's basses was on the buckeye burl page :(. I figured if it was good enough for Benevente, it's good enough for me.
  7. teacherguy


    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    I came across these folks when browsing Project Gu*tar.
    I emailed the guy about possibly building a thru-neck for a 34" scale 4 string bass and he said he could, no problem.
    I don't know about his quality but haven't researched it enough.
    He only advertises gu*tar necks but I'm seriously going to look into a bass neck from Soul Mate for my next project (I just need to finish my first...)

    I'm just glad I came across another source other than Carvin (no slam against them at all).

  8. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    huh...anyone have any experience with this guy? Those neck through blanks are exactly the type of thing I have been looking for. His prices seem quite good.
  9. joe thomas

    joe thomas

    Jun 1, 2005
    Wow times have changed. Spent the good part of the day searching for sources and didn't really find any except Neal Moser and Stew-Mac (who only had gu*tar neck blanks). Looks like everything from scratch these days :D. I just didn't want to have to buy a jointer for the fingerboard angle (hello Delta...).

    Thanks to everyone who posted, if anyone does find a source for neck-thru paddlehead blanks please let me know. :meh:
  10. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I could be totally wrong about this, but I had heard that... uhhh.. the lumberlady had... err... passed on.

    Don't quote me on that. There's wood dust where some of my synapses should be.
  11. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    I believe she did. I remember a post a good while back about it.
  12. Well, OK, that's too bad. :meh: My condolences to the family...

    But how do you have some whopping big site with employees and stock and bills and all that and just stop commerce dead in it's tracks? Even estates carry on after the fact - to the point of settlement. I know, I know, these are rhetorical questions at best but someone's paying for the bandwidth of that site and has been for a long while. :confused:
  13. LajoieT

    LajoieT I won't let your shadow be my shade...

    Oct 7, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    Actually it may be just that whoever is hosting the site just hasn't cleaned house. I have a family page I put up on my ISP when my first son was born (he's 7 now) that is still up, but I haven't used that ISP for nearly 5 or 6 years.
  14. Mashedmeat


    Apr 11, 2008
    hmmm, so looks like there's no place other than carvin to get blanks...? i'd rather have more than one option for this major purchase... you'd think that there must be SOMEONE that sells neck through blanks regularly.

    if anyone knows the best way to build a neck from scratch let me know!

    - loren
  15. Wow.....3 year old thread.

    FWIW Doug at Soulmate Guitars does first-class work. Since his neck blanks are custom items you'll wait longer than with Carvin, but the results are very nice indeed.
  16. jackn1202


    Feb 14, 2018
    Austin, TX
    And now it's a 13 year old thread :smug: Don't want to drop the money on a Carvin neck, and the Soulmate site isn't working for me right now. Anybody else know of a place to get a neck through blank for around $200 or less?
  17. I saw on a recent live feed from Keisel that they are considering not selling parts any longer, they don't want parts orders to get in the way of their building capacity. He said they were close to capacity and when they get there they won't sell parts.
  18. jackn1202


    Feb 14, 2018
    Austin, TX
    Any other options?
  19. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    A century ago, Stew Mc Donald used to sell them. The neck from my main bass came from them.
    Out of the ones that pop up randomly on eBay, Carvin Kiesel is your best bet and they are not expensive. It is after all a very uncommon part that will lead to an expensive project.
    You can however buy body+neckthrough from Ed Roman's shop. Don't expect it to be cheap.

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