1) A two piece neck is not inherently more stable than a one piece, a three piece, etc.I may be naive since I'm not a builder but the process seems straightforward and even converts flatsawn wood to quartersawn, somehow.
Any technical or tonal drawback to doing this?
Insightful stuff Terry, thanks. I'm curious, how do you make stored energy intentional or unintentional?1) A two piece neck is not inherently more stable than a one piece, a three piece, etc.
The idea behind a two piece neck being that the tendency of one side to move in a direction is "cancelled" by the opposite piece wanting to move in the opposite direction. It's a valid idea and in practice can work, but each piece needs to have exactly the same properties and this is seldom the case.
What makes for a rock-stable neck is a huge topic! Having said that, one of the key elements resides in what sort of stored energy (stress) resides in the neck. There are two types: a) Intentional (good) and b. Unintentional (very bad).
A neck made of any number of elements can carry with it either "good" or "bad" stored energy.
2) Vertical grain and true quarter sawn wood are not the same thing. This is because flat sawn wood can be laid on edge, thus presenting vertical grain..but it is still flat sawn wood and will act as such. If vertical grain is desirable true quarter sawn wood reigns supreme.
1) Unintentional stored energy= internal stress that has not been allowed to relieve itself during the course of the neck build. This will come from unrelieved stress that occurs naturally...to some degree..in virtually every piece of wood. The cure for this involves the neck recipe and the exacting nature of the build process....and of course the use of the proper materials. I think that Ive discussed this here in the past to greater length.Insightful stuff Terry, thanks. I'm curious, how do you make stored energy intentional or unintentional?
I haven't heard about a game show involvement, but who knows.Weren't TCM guitars featured on a game show at one time?
You're doing something correctly, I found this:
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I've seen this on some inexpensive electric guitars, too. Might not be a good aesthetic choice, but seems structurally sound.[snip]
I have seen many acoustic guitar makers using separate pieces for the heel and the tilted-back headstock. Big chunks of Mahogany are pretty expensive these days.