This week it’s been all about a neck and fingerboard for the Model L baritone, and not just any old neck and fingerboard, this one has been a little tricky. First off, its multiscale, that is to say that the scale length changes from string to string, from 28.25” at the 6th and 27” at the 1st. Why is this important? We’ll save that for another blog post!
We end up with a fanned fret arrangement, all of the slots for the frets have to be accurately cut by hand for perfect intonation, its quite time consuming and you can bet I stuck to the old adage, ‘measure twice, cut once’ (or in this case, measure at least 5 times).
The neck itself comes from some beautiful reclaimed antique Brazilian Mahogany, some of the most glorious mahogany I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. The colour is an extraordinarily deep nutty red-brown, super tight, straight grain, dense and very stiff, perfect for a stable and resonant neck.
Once the materials for the neck have been dimensioned and the rough shape established, its time for the all important neck set, a crucial step to ensure perfect playability and tone. I hope to have the neck carved and onto final sanding next week.
Have a wonderful weekend!