I'm converting a bolt on neck to a set one (pics inc. and opinions needed)

cowie86

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Hi everyone. I'm building a Les Paul Custom. I have the solid mahogany blank and a CNC machine to cut it on, but haven't got round to that yet.

When I started this project, set mahogany necks with a 24.75" scale and tilted headstock were almost impossible to come by in the UK. Ones with an ebony fretboard (Custom remember) were literally impossible to find.

So I bought a bolt-on mahogany neck and removed the binding/fretboard. I did some measuring, got a spare piece of mahogany, bonded it up nice and tight with the right adhesive (my dad is a joiner/cabinet maker).

Then I shaped out a tenon, sanded the heel approximately so the add-on followed the existing heel shape and cut the 4 degree angle required for the tilted neck.

The neck is going to have a long tenon when it's finished, but at the min itself not been cut to length, so that's why it looks ridiculously long.

There is slightly less wood around the heel of my neck than on Gibson Les Pauls. Given the long tenon, does anyone think this could still translate into less sustain or a weak joint? I now have somewhere that I can get a neck with a more traditional heel from, but I don't wanna throw away all my hard work if this neck will work 99% as well. On the other hand, this build has currently cost me £700, so I don't wanna spoil it with a bad neck.

Any opinions are welcome and appreciated. Thanks.

P.S I've not finished blending the heel in yet obviously, so no comments on that please!

Thanks again
 

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The answer will lie in how it fits the body. Sustain is probably as much about contact as anything. You wouldn't be the first person to do this, so I'd proceed as planned. I mean, at the worst case scenario, you buy another neck, right? The recommended glue is something that will "steam separate", so make sure you focus on getting the finish, "seamless" as you should be fine.
 

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will that truss rod get in the way of routing the neck pickup?
 

cowie86

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will that truss rod get in the way of routing the neck pickup?

The truss rod finishes around the 20th fret. I just held my fretboard against it to measure.

I've already fitted the nut and headstock overlay to this neck. I want to make sure it's not gonna be a problem before I glue down the ebony fretboard, because there'd be no easy way to salvage the fretboard if they neck didn't work out for some reason.
 

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