Set-Through (Set-Thru) Neck – Best of 3 worlds!!

Courtesy & Credit to Wikipedia

Set-through neck (or Set-thru neck) is a method of joining the neck and the body of guitar (or similar stringed instrument), effectively combining bolt-on, set-in and neck-through methods. It involves:

  • A pocket in the instrument’s body for insertion of neck, as in bolt-on method. However, the pocket is much deeper than usual one.
  • Long neck plank, comparable to the scale length, as in the neck-through method.
  • Glueing (setting) the long neck inside the deep pocket, as in the set-neck method.

The result is usually told to have combined advantages of all these methods, mostly eliminating their disadvantages. Luthiers frequently cite:

  • improved tone and sustain (due to deep insertion and body made of single piece of wood, not laminated as in neck-through),
  • brighter tone (due to set joint)
  • comfortable access to top frets (due to lack of hard heel and bolt plate),
  • better wood stability.

The main disadvantage is relatively complex construction that leads to higher manufacturing and servicing costs. Another cited disadvantage is the inability or relative complexity of adding a double-locking tremolo to the guitar, as the routing for cavities would interfere with deeply set neck.

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