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Eric
PostPosted: 05/24/2010 at 6:32 PM    Post subject: Aluminum Neck for an Epi Les Paul

Hello all! I was just introduced to metal guitars recently and was blown away. I have built a few wooden guitars including a tele, strat, and LP. I have an Epi LP custom that is a project guitar that I have done a lot of work to and it plays great. However, I would like to fit an aluminum neck to it. Hopefully someone on here can help me out.

1. Who can build the neck for me?
2. Who can install it onto my LP?
3. Do active pickups affect the tone on an aluminum neck?

Thanks for the help! After this I think I will then look into getting an entire guitar.

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deathfaces
PostPosted: 06/03/2010 at 07:10 AM    Post subject: RE:Aluminum Neck for an Epi Les Paul

you should talk to greg bailey, http://www.baileycustomguitar.com/

as far as active pickups, i've never heard of them having any effect on an aluminum neck.

welcome to the cult!


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deathfaces
PostPosted: 06/03/2010 at 07:13 AM    Post subject: RE:Aluminum Neck for an Epi Les Paul

whoops, looks like he's not making necks anymore. if i come up with another idea i'll post.

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Eric
PostPosted: 06/03/2010 at 09:48 AM    Post subject: RE:Aluminum Neck for an Epi Les Paul

Thanks for the help! I contacted Electrical Guitar Co but I have not heard anything back yet. On his site he states that he will make necks but needs to see the guitar first. I don't mind paying the shipping to send it to him either.

Let me know if you come up with something else.

Thanks!

Eric

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Tone
PostPosted: 06/06/2010 at 11:02 AM    Post subject: RE:Aluminum Neck for an Epi Les Paul

Welcome Eric,

One thing to consider right off the bat is if you are talking about a set neck guitar, the bonding process for aluminum to wood has some issues. At least I have had some problems and have yet to develop a solution that I am sure works long term. Some things look promising but I am still in test and research mode. Bolt on... no problem.

I am currently considering an SG style project that may end up with an aluminum neck within the next nine months. Keep in touch. maybe we can solve some problems together.

Tone

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Eric
PostPosted: 06/30/2010 at 06:37 AM    Post subject: RE:Aluminum Neck for an Epi Les Paul

Thanks Tone! I can see the issue now. I wonder if there is a way to set it but utilize some form of bolt on system.

For example, route out the neck pocket a little more and install some type of "cradle" that screws into the body. Then have some set screws through the cradle that would attach to the neck. Just something off the top of my head and not sure it would work tonewise, but I do see the issue with bonding aluminum and wood.

On another note, I built a telecaster that would be another option to have a neck made for. Any suggestions on who could do this for me? This was actually my first build. I cut and routed the body myself, but purchased the neck and bolted it on. I am not up to the skill level of building a neck just yet.

Here is a picture:

[IMG]http://i171.photobucket.c.....92/osueric27/IMG_0959.jpg[/IMG]

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Tone
PostPosted: 07/04/2010 at 10:58 AM    Post subject: RE:Aluminum Neck for an Epi Les Paul

Hey Eric,

Sorry for the delay getting back to you but I wanted to do a little research first. Unfortunatly my research only confirmed what I already thought.
If you haven't seen these from moses:

http://www.mosesgraphite......bin/moses/NT-27T?r3w9FybQ;;16

I think theyr'e worth a look.

Tele-style necks are one of the most Ideal designs to make from aluminum. The narrow headstock allows for a more narrow billet which is cheaper but will also remain more stable during the machining process.

I'm sure I could pull one off but as a hobbiest builder there is a lot more "hand" labor involved than for someone with plans to make hundreds or thousands of pieces and the cost starts getting out of hand.

How handy are you? What I'm getting at is pretty much the only parts of the process I use heavy machines for is cutting out the basic shape and hollowing for weight reduction and milling for flatness which should be done last. There is also a period that I let the metal "stabalize" before I cut that final flat for a fretboard. The rest of the shaping is basiclly sanding filing and polishing. It's not as hard as i seems to get a good result but it is a lot of work.

Food for thought anyway.

Tone

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