The neck for this guitar is made from a single piece of maple so there are a few aspects of this type of construction that I will take advantage of. The neck was planed square, the headstock angle was cut and a channel was made for the truss rod. I am using a Stewart Mac "Hot Rod" dual action truss rod for this guitar. I purchased a spiral cut router bit that was exactly the same size as the truss rod width so the fit would be perfect. A dovetail was cut into the end of the neck to connect it to the body.
The fingerboard extension was something that I thought about long and hard. The plans call for cutting a 5/8 inch rabbet into the end of the neck and then trimming away about half of the material to thin it out enough to allow the neck to sit low enough to allow a distance of 3/4 of an inch to be obtained if a straightedge is held over the fingerboard and extended over the body to where the bridge sits. The problem with this way of attaching the neck extension is that you remove a perfectly cut dove tail with the rabbet and then have to re-cut that dove tail into the bottom of the fingerboard extension and this entails carving into a blind corner. I thought about this and came up with this alternative. A dovetail could be cut into fingerboard extension instead and this strong joint could be used to attach the extension. This would allow you to fit the neck into the body and remove the fingerboard extension for frequent trimming of the extension to get the fit just right. This is what the neck and fingerboard extension joint looked like. The truss rod is also in place.
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