The raw neck is now complete. It must be shaped and be brought to the correct dimensions for mounting to the guitar body
The top of the neck must be perfectly flat for the fretboard to be attached. Here the neck top is sanded on a granite sanding surface
The general shape of the final neck is cut out on a band saw. The cut is made well outside the cut lines to allow for final shaping later.
A channel must be cut into the center of the top of the neck for the insertion of a truss rod. This rod can be adjusted to compensate for any bowing of the neck that might occur when the strings are installed or general bowing over time.
The truss rod is installed. It will be left loosely in place with the fretboard glued right over it. It is adjusted from an opening