New neck advice

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  1. Vernon805

    Vernon805 New Member

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    I am in the middle of making my first neck. The neck has been roughed out, head stock veneered and bound, fingerboard attached and bound. Unfortunately I have some relief (backbow) in the neck. I realized I didn't check the flatness of it before I attached the fingerboard. I have tightened the truss rod with no effect, which I am thinking is because the neck is not shaped yet and there is too much material for the truss rod to deal with.
    At this point I am reluctant to continue if I won't be able to get this thing straight ultimately.
    Is this an unusual situation?
    Should I continue and expect the truss rod to make the required adjustment?
    Should I pull the fingerboard and try again?
    I will try to post a picture.
    Any advice is appreciated!
     
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    Vernon805 New Member

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    Vernon805 New Member

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    I am seeing close to 1/16" relief!
     

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  4. aeleus

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    It sucks to take it apart, but better now than later. I've never had to fight against that much back bow - interested what others think.

    Don't forget that you'll be putting even more force in the wrong direction when you install the frets. That neck may never come around.

    I like to build my necks with relief already in them so they have a very slight curve (in the proper direction) even with a loose truss rod and no strings attached.
     
  5. Duplex Dave

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    Yep, take it apart while you still have a chance. Not sure how Aeleus does it but I glue my fingerboard on with a curved caul, no tension on the rod. It pre-loads the neck with relief. No chance of this being an issue again, and no reason to use a 2-way rod.
     
  6. Vernon805

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    Thank you so much for the replies. I didn't waste any time and went right at it. Pretty amazed how well the steam iron technique worked. Came off very clean with the binding and all.
    The question now, is there any reason I shouldn't reuse the fretboard I removed?
     

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  7. Duplex Dave

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    Nice job! Heck no, use that fret board! Clean the glue off (both pieces) real well, if the FB is warped just heat it up real good, clamp it flat and let it sit overnight. Maybe even steam it a little with a wet paper towel under the iron if its brittle.
     
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  8. Vernon805

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    Thanks! I'll let you know how it works out.
     
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