MUTATE prototype 3: the neck
Maple back with matching maple inlays on a katalox fretboard.
This part of the project was very important in that it allowed me to test a few critical features that are less common in the guitar building industry. They needed to be tested to determine a) if it creates a better guitar, and b) if it is practical to manufacture.
First, the aluminum neck to body joint is the main differentiator of a 5J5 guitar. It has required by far the most development of any of the components in the design. This is a work in progress and has already been improved. More to follow... Second, the neck profile is asymmetric and consists of a flat section for thumb support, inspired by the masterful work of both Ola Strandberg and Rick Toone. This feature requires more feedback from players to determine whether it is successful.
Third, CNC was used to cut blind fret slots, meaning the slots don't reach the edge of the fretboard. Additionally, before installation the frets are cut/filed to length, shaped, and polished. By doing this, the fret ends can be offset slightly from the edge of the board, creating a more comfortable playing experience and an aesthetically supperior product.
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