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Why do luthiers tend towards a neck graft?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by ricobasso, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. ricobasso


    Jan 18, 2007
    UK, South East
    Can anyone see why this repair had to turn into a neck graft?
  2. The neck set was $#!+ so something had to be done, and existing repairs to the old neck justified all that work?
  3. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    The existing neck (IMO) looked too thin, especially for 5 strings. On top of that, there was evidence of a lot of repair at the bottom of the pegbox. A scroll graft keeps the character of the instrument intact while adding strength of a new neck; the overstand can be altered as well if needed.
    arnoldschnitzer and robobass like this.
  4. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    In response to the thread title, most luthiers I know don't find a neck / scroll graft to be a particularly enjoyable task. It requires skill, precision, takes a lot of bench time and can be stressful. They are not the ones who choose it- the customers do 95% of the time because it is a cheaper option than getting a whole new neck made for a damaged bass. The secondary benefit is that you get to keep the original maker's scroll and vibe.
    dhergert likes this.
  5. Carl Hillman

    Carl Hillman

    Jan 1, 2010
    4-to-5-string conversion? Necessitating a thicker neck and wider fingerboard?
  6. I doubt that. If there is not the room for a fifth peg, making new holes makes the pegbox very weak.

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