Alder Body Blank :: Minimum Neck Tongue Thickness?

swipesy

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Hi all! I'm working on an alder Warmoth routed body blank and have a question.

What would be the minimum neck tongue thickness to retain structural integrity? I was thinking 5/8" or 3/4", but I want to be sure about that. It's a symmetrical body shape with little side support and I'll be using a metal neck plate to mount the neck.

Thanks!
 

Rick

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Also remember you are going to use screws to secure the neck, so plan accordingly. I'd use the countered heel on the warmoth website as a guide, and do nothing less than what warmoth uses. You'll probably need enough meat to accomodate a 38mm screw. I'd get the screws first, and make sure they wouldn't poke into the fretboard. That would make you cry.
 

swipesy

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Oh yes it would! You wouldn't happen to know how thick the end of a countered heel is would you? I couldn't find that info on Warmoth's site.
 

Rick

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If you do a search here you might find the length of the screws necessary for a countered heel. Probably the best bet is to call warmoth directly and ask them about the length of thier screws, and buy a set, and then when you get a neck just make sure when you're shaving off heel wood you leave enough on to accomodate the screws. That's what I would do, but I find the countour nice, but unnecessary so that's one worry I'll never have.
 

triple jim

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Here's the description of neck screws for the coutoured heel from the Warmoth site. I got chrome plated screws for mine, so I have the 1-3/8" long screws, and they worked as they're supposed to.

Details​


  • Includes 4 screws
  • Phillips Oval Head
  • Length of long screws is 1-3/4" (45mm)
  • Length of short screws is 1-3/8" (35mm) (*Stainless Steel short screws are 1-1/2" (38mm))
  • Available in Chrome, Stainless Steel, Black, and Gold
 
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