In the next few blogs I’ll be writing how I made the neck and headstock. I’ve been working on these for a while but haven’t written anything about them yet, so it’s time to catch up a bit.
First, the headstock. Most headstocks are sawn off the neck blank at a 15 degree angle and glued ‘under’ the neck. The result looks something like this:
I’ve been taught a different method where the headstock is glued ‘over’ the neck. The advantage of this method is that when the fretboard (the black bar in the sketches) is glued down, it adds extra strength to the joint:
The length of the resulting headstock is the same in both pictures, as measured from the start of the tilting angle. But, it’s clear from these drawings that the ‘over’ approach means the length of the wood used for the headstock is longer than the ‘under’ approach. The remaining wood for the neck is thereby shorter. Overall of course, you use the same amount of wood for both approaches.
I’m not experienced enough to judge the effect of this method, but it makes sense to me and I can’t see any drawbacks.
Here are some pictures of the work in progress: