Thread: Neck Joints
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:53 PM
LouieAtienza LouieAtienza is offline
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Originally Posted by Bruce Sexauer View Post
When I was following contemporary "state of the art" industrial woodworking (free magazine for many years) I learned that threaded fasteners WILL eventually back themselves out in a stressed vibrating application, which sure sounds like a guitar to me . . . Oh, we're talking about a Taylor . . .

I have been called upon a few times to tighten loose bolt-on necks, but it may not be the rule. While I am a dovetail guy and have no intention of changing, I do not mind what others choose to do. A bolt on may or may not be as good as an HHG dovetail, but I am as certain as I am of anything that it is not better where aesthetics and performance are concerned.
I do like McPherson's solution, where a brass dowel in the heel receives the bolts from the body, which have Belleville washers, I believe rated at 250lbs force each, which allow movement of wood while still retaining their hold.
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