Guitar Making Tip No. 618

Guitar Making Tip Number 618 is about making the neck from a denser species to help control vibration loss. The neck is one of the largest sources of vibration loss in the entire guitar system. Here is an easy way to reduce it.

How the Guitar Neck Loses Vibration

guitar making tip number 618The body and the neck of the guitar are interlocked, and they create the distance between the nut and the saddle. This sets the length of the string, and then tension is added.

When the string is played, the neck has to hold on tightly to keep the string vibrating. The more wobble the neck has, the more vibration you lose.

The neck is also at a huge disadvantage mechanically. Think about trying to hold a door open while someone else is trying to close it.

If you hold on from the inside edge closest to the hinges, you will not be able to overcome the force of the door closing. You have no leverage. However, if you push from the edge farthest from the hinges, now you have more of an advantage, and it’s easier to do.

The guitar neck is the same way. It’s only holding on by the inside edge, and it hangs way out into space, which makes it hard to keep it from losing vibration energy. There is however something you can do to make it lose a little less energy… Read more “Guitar Making Tip No. 618”