There are three main types of flush trim router bits, which are used in slightly different ways and can be right for different occasions. They all consist of a shaft, a straight blade and ball bearings. They will always have the same diameter for the bearing and the blade. They differ in the diameter of the shaft, the length of the blade, and the position and number of the bearing/s.
A compound radius neck is a neck that has one radius at the nut and a different, larger radius at the heel of the neck. This is meant to give a better playing experience for both rhythm playing towards the nut side of the fretboard, and soloing towards the heel side. The change in radius is gradual and will usually be something like a 10” radius at the nut and 16” at the 22nd fret.
A Scalloped Fretboard or Fingerboard is one where the material of the fingerboard between the frets is filed and removed to create a concave surface and large space beneath the strings. With light to medium pressure on the strings the player can play a clean note without ever touching the fretboard.
Neck Through or ‘Neck Thru’ guitars are said to be stiffer and more warp resistant than other types of necks and have better sustain. They will also allow for designs which allow easier access to the very high note frets. We’ll take a look at all these claims and try and understand the pros and cons of having a through neck in your guitar. Are these claims true or just subjective impressions? Is it harder to construct or would actually make life easier for the aspiring guitar builder?
Truss rod adjustment is really not that scary or dangerous to your guitar if you understand how it works and how to be careful with it. In this article I will try to answer all the questions you may have concerning truss rods. I will also cover the principles of both truss rod installation and adjustment
what’s all the ‘buzz’ about frets? If you are building an electric guitar you should understand a bit more about the subtle nuances that can make a big difference to the character and playability of the guitar. The type and size of frets you use may have a very fine effect on the sound but may have a much bigger influence on the way it feels and the way it is played.