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scarf joint practice

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by godoze, Jan 15, 2003.

  1. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    well, i am at it again.

    I have been practicing scarf joints on some old mahogany floor boards that i have -figuring i should get it down as best as possible before starting a new neck. I'm in no rush...

    i've noticed that scarf on many different places on the neck.

    My MTD has the scarf about 1/4 of the way up the headstock. My Smith has the scarf almost right at the angle of the neck, and my taylor has the scarf in the neck itself.

    does one area provide better stability than another or is this up to the luthier ?
  2. HannibalSpector


    Mar 27, 2002
    The best position for the scarf IMO would be where the headstock meets the neck.( same as your Smith).The purpose being that the headstock is made from separate piece of timber with the grain running full length of the headstock , this maximises its strength . An optimum length of a scarf would be minimum 6 x thickness of whatever timber you are joining

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