Thread: Neck Joints
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:23 AM
MC5C MC5C is offline
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Owning two guitars where the traditional dovetail joint failed, albeit after 70 years, and having the repair on one fail and have to be redone, I am using bolt on necks with a tightly fitting mortise and tenon. Things made of wood and glue that are under constant stress fail with enough time, it's what they do. Just because I won't be the guy fixing it 70 years from now doesn't mean, to me at least, that I shouldn't design the thing so it can be fixed or adjusted easily and neatly.

I have a dozen antique chairs - circa 1900 to 1930's - in my house that are in constant use. Every single one of them has failing joints. In a lot of cases it's the wood itself that has failed, but the wood is part of the joint...
Brian Evans
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