Craft a Set Neck for the Solid Body Electric Guitar with James Macdonald June 17-21, 2019


$825 tuition, $150 material fee payable to James
Key Points:
*Slot the neck blank and install an adjustable truss rod
*Taper, bind, locate and attach the fretboard to the neck blank
*Create a tenon joint in the neck blank
*Bandsaw the neck profile, make profile templates
*Hand-carve the neck using hand tools
*Presentations on fretting and making a bone nut

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $300.00 per item


The trend in the world of guitarmaking is to rely more and more on CAD design and the CNC for cutting and carving parts. In this class, James will turn back the clock and craft a mahogany neck using hand tools and the light machinery which are typical in most home woodworking shops. A set neck is one that has a tenon on the end that is received by a mortise in the guitar’s body and is glued in place. Students will be provided a mahogany neck blank, a pre-slotted fretboard and a truss rod. Through the week, students will install the truss rod, then taper, bind and attach the fretboard to the neck. Students will create the tenon, bandsaw the neck profile, then move on to hand-carving the neck using drawknives, spokeshaves, planes, rasps, scrapers and sandpaper. The emphasis will be on learning how to do each task safely, efficiently and end up with quality results.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.