To glueset or not ?

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  1. 3dmac

    3dmac Senior Member

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    I'm building my first kit (prs ce style). The neck tenon is long, extending through the neck pickup cavity and is bolt-on.
    My view is that with this much wood surface and the joint is a good fit, gluing would give better sustain compared to just bolting on the neck. ( Gluing full neck to body surfaces for a solid sound transfer)

    What is your thought ?
     
  2. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    The key words here are; "I am building my first kit"

    Bolt it together, don't glue. This way If something is up with the neck angle you can just unscrew it and adjust. Glue is not so forgiving.

    Besides, there are plenty of bolt on neck instruments that sustain like a MFer!
    cheers
    Roman
     
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    Build it up and get it finalized. After a month or so, if you don't need to adjust anything, glue it up.
     
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    drewbertca V.I.P. Member

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    I like this option too...I was thinking of getting one of those cheap kits (LP style and Bolting and gluing it....
     
  5. Csharp

    Csharp Senior Member

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    Some have said that they believe screwed joints provide better sustain (see Roman's comment^) because there is pressure on the neck/body joint, rather than a static bond. I happen to believe this applies only with perfectly mated surfaces. Once you start adding shims to correct the neck angle all bets are off. If a kit is well engineered, or you know how to make it better, you're likely to end up with a nice guitar.
     
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    Thanks all :)
    Checking the alignment out ,all is cool and straight. I was really surprised at how well the neck and neck joint were made. 32nd" gap either side of tenon not bad !.
     
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    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    Too much gap.

    NO gap is perfect. Anything more than that is too much.
     
  8. Roman

    Roman Master Luthier V.I.P. V.I.P. Member

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    That's why god invented veneer! :)
     
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    In......deeeed!!!!!
     
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    Even Gibson shims the sides of the tenon. I noticed that when I was watching the 'How Gibson Les Pauls are made' vid(a few posts down). I checked mine when I had the pickup out, and sure enough, maple veneer on the treble side of the tenon.
     

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