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Neck pocket without any routing?

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Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby Rob Carty » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:07 pm

Okay, I'm at my wit's end here. Years ago, I saw a video of a guy who fashioned perfect neck pocket without cutting or carving anything. Honestly, I think it may have been here on MIMF -- but I'll be darned if I can find it.

Long story short, the guy fashioned the neck joints by gluing the body pieces together in such a way as to leave a perfectly-sized pocket to accept the neck. I failed to bookmark it. Dozens of searches on this forum, on Google, and on YouTube have yielded bupkis.

If this rings a bell to you, would you mind pointing me in the right direction? I feel like Mr. Magoo over here. :oops: THANK YOU!
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Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby David King » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:36 pm

Rob, this sounds like a pretty simple process to undertake. Start with a neck shaft that's tapered and long enough to pass all the way through the body. Pin the neck blank and your body wings on either side of the shaft into the back slab. Cut the neck shaft in two at the back of the desired neck pocket and glue up your body. Typical bolt-on neck is 3/4" thick (not including the fingerboard thickness of 1/4") and the typical pocket is 5/8" deep. Since the typical body is 1-5/8" thick your back plate will be 1" thick and the wings will be 5/8" thick.
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Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby Rob Carty » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:29 pm

Oh I agree, I could probably figure out my own way in a jiffy! But there was something about the way this guy did it that I meant to bookmark (but failed to). Hence my desire to track it down.

I wish I could recall his name. All I can recall is he was older, probably on the far side of middle age, but still a mite cocky. And apparently he was known for this technique, so he's not totally obscure. I'm hoping this message in a bottle will help me find that video. Thanks again!
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Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby Jeff Highland » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:16 pm

I recall seeing that video too. Can't remember the name, but it was a guy building fairly high priced basses
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Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby Rob Carty » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:23 am

So I'm not crazy after all. If any clues occur to you, please let me know!
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Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby Jeff Highland » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:16 am

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Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:47 am

This construction more or less restricts you to "neck through looking" designs, wouldn't it?
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Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby Jeff Highland » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:15 pm

Yes, it all seems to be based around a fear of routing.
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Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby Beate Ritzert » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:34 pm

Well, it should allow to make better use out of wood resources, shouldn't it?
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Re: Neck pocket without any routing?

Postby Rob Carty » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:03 pm

Jeff -- By Jove, that's it!!

I bow to your Googling skills; this video has been eluding me for over a year. I've now bookmarked this video and hereby thank you profusely! Awesome! :D
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