Scarf joint! Which electrics have it?

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  1. Howzaboppin

    Howzaboppin Member

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    That thread about "improving" the Gibson headstock got me thinking... if Fender has one-piece necks, and Gibson too, which (electric, mass-produced) guitars do have a scarf joint?

    I mean, I don't think they're such a bad idea*, and classical guitars always had them since the beginning of time. If they are good enough for Andres Segovia...

    * Except for the part where the scarf joint interrupts the crystal lattice of the mojo forcefield.
     
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  2. Benz2112

    Benz2112 Supporting Member

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    I am pretty sure PRS does this on S2, CE, and Silver Sky.
     
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    Many of the guitars under the Godin label use a scarf joint neck as well as Ibanez, Jackson....Actually, the list is quite long.
     
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    Because of the dimensions of most of the wood blanks used for necks, just about any headstock angle more than twelve or thirteen degrees will probably entail joining it with a scarf joint. We (Pinter Instruments) eliminated it when we went to a ten degree headstock tilt.
     
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    Epiphones, PRS SE and S2 models, Gretsch Electromatic. I'd assume my Reverend has a scarf joint, but it's not a natural finish so I can't see it. I'd say there are probably more angled headstock guitars with a scarf joint than without.
     
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    My Kauer Banshee.
     
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    My Malinoski has a scarf joint and it’s beautiful
     
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    jmontgomery Silver Supporting Member

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    I’m pretty sure my Majesty has a scarf joint.
     
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  10. Scary Uncle G.

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    My Epi “Amos” Flying V has one. Still could likely break if dropped just right. In my experience scarf joints aren’t about eliminating breakage as much as they’re about saving on wood-allowing the neck to be made out of a thinner board. I’ve seen scarf joints fail too.
     
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    Lots of Ibanez.
     
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    My Gretsch Electromatic has a scarf joint
     
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    I think it’s easier to assume a guitar has a scarf joint unless otherwise noted
     
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    Very prominent on cheaper guitars...
     
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    I'm curious if it's actually cheaper for Gibson to continue with one piece necks due the sheer volume of wood they have vs the labor cost of constructing scarf joint necks.
     
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    My MotorAve BelAire has one.
     
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    My Peerless Wizard archtop has one.
     
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    All Warmoth tiltback necks utilize scarf joints. They are seen here (and by many others) as an improvement over one-piece.
     
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    Not necessarily because the guitars are inferior or more cheaply built, but because the wood yield is much higher. Not as much getting thrown away.
     
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    I have a beater First Act Sheena that has a scarf joint due to its oversized, back break headstock. It’s among the best, most stable necks I’ve ever encountered. I seem to recall one on-line music biz was moving them at $50 shipped a few years back.
     

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