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Oct 26, 2021 - 9:18:56 AM
2 posts since 5/20/2015

I’m a long time player and a first time builder. (Open back). Q? Is neck relief (bow) achieved by building the fingerboard and frets level, then getting relief by string tension and truss rod adjustment? Or is relief built into the fingerboard and frets?
Keith Berg

Oct 26, 2021 - 12:22:42 PM



11826 posts since 2/7/2008

It can be done either way. It is easy to build flat and let the strings add relief which can be reduced with a one way truss rod. Or build flat with a 2 way truss rod and dial in the relief you like.

With a one way truss rod, occasionally the neck bows with a hump in the middle, some builders prebuild in relief with the truss rod tight which can then be released to remove the hump.
For a first time build, buy a $10 low profile 2 way truss rod on amazon. Simple to install and removes minimal wood with a round nose 1/4" router bit. If you don't have a router or a table saw you can glue in a 1/4" lamination at the depth of the truss rod and have an instant slot.

Two Way Rod Type Guitar Truss Rod Steel A3 9 X 460mm Blue 2pcs

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