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Need pics of Neck thru's with complete back laminates.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Linas, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    It seems that everywhere i look, i see neck thru basses without full back laminates. They usually just do the body wings. Or if they do do a full back lam, they do it in 3 pieces. I want to see pics of either single or 2 piece back laminates on a neckthru, because i am going to try and pull it off, but i dont see many pics of them.
  2. I've done a 3-piece back lam...but what's to see? 2-piece? 1-piece? All you need to do is find the right slab of wood.

    One thing you should do, though, is to cut out any and all cavity covers with a scroll saw before you glue the back lam down. Once the back lam is down, then you can use the cutouts as templates to rout out the cavities themselves. Covered with grain-matched covers, it is a nice touch.
  3. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    Now i have major gas for a nordstand bass! Erik, do you mind posting a pic of the back of your bass (the one in your avatar). Im just trying to see how people execute the transition from the body lam, to the neck. Nordstand achieves this transition with style!!!
  4. Marchlewski:

    more Nordstrand:

  5. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    This bass is so damn beautiful. He does a set neck right? But how does get that little black wave in there. Is it a piece of ebony laminated to the back of the neck while still square?
  6. tribal3140

    tribal3140 Banned

    Nov 9, 2004
    near detroit...uh
    its done by using the "heel block method"
    they use a set neck of a 4/4 piece of wood to do the neck. requiring a scarf joint at the headstock heel.
    to raise the 4/4 to the 7/4 most basses are that block is added to add thickness to 6/4 or 7/4 to the back laminate.
    My oracles and scd have them too.
    that camphor burl nordie has the ebony block at 3/4 and another black limba on top of it (or below) nitoce the black limba grains are different in the body wing and the section below the ebony heel block (2 pc block)
  7. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Don't forget to look at JPbasses.com and Elrick, when you consider NT heels.

    Then, having seen a lot of different approaches, you will need to decide what you want: a true NT heel (JP), an 'almost BO' heel (Nordie), or something inbetween.

    By playing, I have reached my opinion, that something inbetween, but more to the JP, is my liking. YMMV, of course...
  8. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    Everything on this page except the Marchlewski looks like a set neck to me.
  9. Wolfehollow


    Jan 21, 2003
    Pensacola, FL
    You are correct sir!
  10. +1

  12. true, and SN's will probably be the majority of basses with full back lams too...

    but they still look hot. :D
  13. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    It's not much more difficult to do a full-width back for a NT than for a set neck. The top is a different story. I think that's why you see more set-necks with full-width tops and backs.

    I think it tends to look strange on a neck-through. Maybe I should try it again.

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