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Jan 18, 2021 - 5:46:12 PM
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Ash and cherry plywood lamanate i made 4 months of drying shaping it into a neck. Ash peg head and maple fretboard


Jan 18, 2021 - 6:29:16 PM

1080 posts since 1/9/2012

Maybe show it end-on from the heel?  Are the side pieces so thick that they'll hide the laminations?  (Maybe I'm missing the point.)  What decided which way to laminate?

I hope I can get a comment in right away to preempt someone saying, "If the Lord meant for necks to be plywood, S.S. Stewart would have made them that way." Actually, Martin has been making them for a while. I overheard one of their reps saying that you could drive a truck over it. There's nothing wrong with plywood innovation. Your wiggly ply neck blanks reminded me of the work of Charles Eames, who pioneered compound curves in plywood for the Navy during WWII (

(I loved your other videos.  Too bad I'm in the banjo divestiture stage of my life.)

Jan 18, 2021 - 8:11:32 PM



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The Martin Stratabond neck I have has vertical plies, but these seem to be horizontal, which I would think would not be as strong. Is there a truss rod?

Jan 18, 2021 - 9:35:46 PM

19 posts since 6/18/2018

Horizontal wavy ply and hot rod low profile truss rod.

Jan 18, 2021 - 9:40:29 PM

19 posts since 6/18/2018

24.5 inch scale so shorter neck. Made 1/8 inch wider than a standard neck its an experiment one for myself. This is my 2021 player I'm hoping

Jan 19, 2021 - 12:18:02 AM



94 posts since 3/8/2006

Framus often used laminated wood for banjo, guitar and mandolin necks. This one stood out well for almost fifty years by now.
Good luck with your project.

Jan 19, 2021 - 1:14:32 AM
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13430 posts since 8/30/2006

Kokosing River Banjo I've been a member here since 2006 and nobody has done this, so your work deserves notice and encouragement in a positive way.

I notice everyone showing lams at 90 degrees to your orientation because that's the way it used to be. And has been successful for them.

I have a Stamm neck from the '60's which uses a single piece of flatbar stood up on its side and embedded under the fingerboard. It's non-adjustable and still straight after these many years.

My bamboo #001 has an Jatoba truss rod stood up on its edge for 11 years.

I like the low profile truss rods that you are using.

I like the alternating laminations which should subscribe to extra strength and "resonance."

Here's my bamboo neck with 45 laminations, and yes they are also horizontal with vertical bamboo which has been turned 90 degrees. The vertical bamboo only expands vertically, so rotating 90 degrees means it always expands horizontally and that is why it works. No lecture about my stuff intended, just more info.

I would like to hear what the knock note on this one says.

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