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“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Steel String Carved Bolt-On Necks

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Slot-head neck

All our pre-carved Honduran Mahogany necks are CNC'd (computer numerically controlled router) from quartersawn wood and come with an oversized peghead which allows the builders to customize their peghead thickness and shape. The pegheads on all these necks have industry standard glued wings on the peghead. See "Carved Neck Comparison Chart", below.

If we have 2nd grade necks, they are downgraded for relatively slight imperfections. They might have a small nick on the peghead, or some slight discoloration of the wood, but typically something that will be barely noticeable.

Most necks are available with a Diamond at the peghead base. The diamond is decorative, but also adds a bit of mass at a structurally weaker section of the neck. It can be easily removed if it is not desired (See neck "Diamond" closeup).

 

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LMI steel string carved Necks video 
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PL29 PLAN NOTE: If you are ordering a pre-carved slot-head neck to use in conjunction with the PL29 parlor guitar plan, please be aware of the following: Our PL29 plan features a guitar with 24.5" scale and the pre-carved neck that we offer is a 24.9" scale neck. As on the old Martin O-shaped guitars, many of the small sized guitars being made today (Goodall, Santa Cruz, Charles Hoffman) use a longer scale length. Doing so locates the bridge nearer the center of the soundboard, thus "sweetening" the sound. Be sure that you place the bridge (and bridge plate) according to the 24.9" scale length on your guitar and not according the placement shown on the plan!

SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
NKHMBSHLS Martin™ OM-style, Diamond, heel incl., inserts installed
Yes $182.50
NKHMBSHSS Martin™ 000-style, Diamond, heel incl., inserts installed
Yes $182.50
NKHMBDHLS Martin™ D-style, Diamond, heel incl., inserts installed
Yes $182.50
NKHMBSHSSSL Slot-head neck, Diamond, heel incl., inserts installed
Yes $182.50
HBHMBSH Martin™ OM-style, heel only for OM or slot-head necks
Yes $16.10
HBHMBDH Martin™ D-style, heel only, pre-drilled, for all D-style necks
Yes $16.10