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For almost one year, guitar luther Rick Andrews answered your guitar repair questions. After recieving over 500 questions we put together the most popular questions and answers. Today, we are involving other great guitar builders and will continue to expand this area in the future. This section will no longer be interactive but you should find most of your guitar building and repair questions have already been answered in this section.

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  •  Question= electric guitars
    From: "dog boy"

    thanx heaps dude your a life saver. my first question is, what is the difference between a one or more piece neck and how does this effect the guitar?
  • Ricks Answer to - what is the difference
    between a one or more piece neck?

    From: "Rick Andrews"
    To: "dog boy"

    One piece neck verses multi piece necks: Well, necks made of one piece are just fine as long as they are made from good quality very hard woods and are properly cured. They can be flatsawn or quatersawn. Flatsawn means the board is cut where the grain is horizontal and is good in one piece necks. Quatersawn means the wood grain is vertical and this works well in one piece necks and also more than one piece necks.

    The main diffefrence in multi piece necks is that two or more boards are glued together laminated vertical so they act more like a multi layered beam. This is much stronger than a one piece neck obviously and much more expensive. The more layers the more strength. These are usually more stable especially years ago with the older style truss rods but today's truss rods are so much better and more accurate and stronger so the one piece necks are becoming more common. The more glue seams and wood layers the stronger it really is but again with the proper better rods of today a one piece neck is good. Some custom luthiers are actually making one piece necks and putting in graphite strips rather than multi layers of wood.

    Generally the sound of a one piece neck would be a little more warmer tone delivery whereas a 3 or 5 ply neck would give a more tight brighter tone.

    Most acoustic guitars will have a simple one piece neck. Gibson was big on making multi ply necks especially in their jazz guitars and some solid body guitars of higher cost. You will notice the solid body Fender Strats and Teles are one piece flat sawn maple. Personally for jazz guitars I like quater sawn one piece fiddleback maple with the stainless double rod. I like the strength, the beauty, the rod, and the tone.

    A flatsawn one piece mahogany neck like a Martin acoustic guitar will deliver a much warmer tone. That is more ideal for flat top acosutic guitars for that purpose. It really is more of what the individual likes.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar

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