Cutting Neck Thru Guitar Down & Re-Bodying...

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  1. JimF

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    Daydreaming at work here.
    (Please note this isn't a "I've got a Les Paul but I want a BC Rich Warlock" thing)

    I remember the old Carvin neck through blanks. Essentially a finished, fretted neck & headstock, ready to attach your body.

    I was thinking if you had something non-rare, non-collectable, like a recent neck through Chinese Jackson, and ran it through the bandsaw but left the pickup routes/trem cavity intact, that would leave you with something similar to the above blank.

    Then you'd just dowel & glue some matching wood to it, end up with a big square blank, and then rout it to shape with templates, and sand the top level etc.

    Has anyone done anything like this? Suppose its no different from a neck through build. I'm just much more proficient at woodwork than fretwork! :D
     
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    I guess the main thing to consider is you've already got the contour of the cutaways and heel there that you'll have to work off
     
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    A lot of production neck-throughs don't have the neck blank wide enough for the pickup/floyd routes to be fully encompassed by neck wood. So, you'd either have to have thin strips of body wood left attached to your new neck blank, or you'd have to do a bit of routing once you've glued the body wings on.
     
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    Sounds like a great way to ruin an existing neck-through guitar. :lol:

    It's totally feasible, and I've seen really good examples of it IRL, but unless the donor guitar is super cheap, I don't see the value if you're already confident at wood working.
     
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    :lol: Yeah this all seemed like a better idea in my head!
     
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    Warmoth?
     
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    They only make bolt-on stuff, basically. If you made it headless, you might be able to get away with using their 34" long neck blanks for a neck-through, though.
     
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    Someone turned a Kiesel into Chiesel. What’s the story with this one? I bet it sounds like poopers.
     
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    He bought a Vader with this in mind, and cut the sides off. He ordered it with the pick up routes, but no control cavity (he cut in his own.)

    " I wasn’t going to post anything publicly until the whole project is finished. But since the the cat is out of the bag, might as well let you know the rest. The second half of this is a fretless version of the same thing, and together it will be a compact modular double neck guitar. This is actually the reason why I haven’t ordered a double neck osiris, because this is even more customized to my liking. "

    A link to a video, but you might have to be a member of the Facebook group to see it.
    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=288837615655149

    Other angle:
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    jesus at that point he should have found a local luthier to build him double neck headless...
     
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    As long as he’s having fun it’s fine, imo.
     
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    KnightBrolaire only the dead have seen the end of GAS

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    a guitarist and his money are easily parted
     
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    I keep looking at Warmoth as a simpler way to do a parts build but it always comes out super expensive. I suppose I'm in the UK so there's the taxes, import duty and shipping to consider.
    If there was a European based equivalent of similar quality I think I'd have no money!
     
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    I also feel like that about Warmoth. One can easily go the rabbit hole of options here and there and when it's time to pay the bill... it's as much as a custom...
     
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    All things Carvin/Kiesel courtesy of Spud! Thanks man.
     
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    Same thing with Kiesel/Carvin here in the EU: it's just not worthy unless you buy it already built or second-hand but finding that with the right specs is not easy... Even less for the right money: people buy custom guitars with weird specs that later they don't like and expect to sell them for almost the same money... We complain even for signature guitars being done to the specs of the guitarist and not us! How can you expect that I will like YOUR guitar? :lol:

    I have always wanted a Warmoth because I am completely sure that their standard thin or however it's called neck carve is perfect for me but... I guess I will never know.
     
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    how about using one of these ?

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    Gearformusic have quite a few own brand neck thru guitars on there ebay B-Stock page that go for pretty cheap (like 50-60% off RRP) a lot of them are discounted because of cosmetic finishing flaws.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:

    I don't need my headless lust to resurface!
     

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