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Making an aluminum neck

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PostPosted: 02/26/2002 at 5:20 PM    Post subject: Making an aluminum neck link

I am going to try to make an aluminum necked guitar, and I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge on what's inside those 'Beans. I saw the patent drawings on another site, and those were very helpful in planning, but I'm trying to get as much information as I can. Have any of you seen what's underneath the fingerboard? I'm trying to figure out how much metal I'm going to have to rout out of there. Also, if any of you have any pictures of what the neck looks like when it's off the guitar, or what the neckjoint looks like without the humbucker there, or if anyone could provide neck thickness measurements at specific frets, it would be very, very helpful. -Fran

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PostPosted: 03/03/2002 at 9:06 PM    Post subject: RE:Making an aluminum neck link

Did you ever get any information on this? If so, could you post here.

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PostPosted: 03/05/2002 at 11:47 AM    Post subject: RE:Making an aluminum neck link

I just found out that the original beans were made out of an aluminum alloy called 6061-T4 and the new beans were going to be made out of 7075-T5 I think. Travis said in an interview that he just got a block of aluminum and "whittled it down" to make his first aluminum neck. I think they used a lathe to make them in production.

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PostPosted: 03/10/2002 at 6:22 PM    Post subject: RE:Making an aluminum neck link

There is some information regarding the neck and fingerboard at this link:

I hope this helps

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PostPosted: 03/21/2002 at 9:09 AM    Post subject: RE:Making an aluminum neck link

Hi! I also had the same idea, even got very close to actualy build the neck. I wanted combination of aluminium neck and plexi body(or any other hard plastic material) and ebanol fretboard... didn't work out, the factory that should've provide me with 'alusil' and the CNC machine was shut down... anyway, 6061/7075 is the code for the 'alusil' material, a mixture of aluminium, silicon, copper and magnesium (AlMg2SiCu if I remember correctly). T4/T5 designates the thermal processing on material (don't know if it's before or after the neck is being shaped). Some people say that there is thin aluminium between the fretboard and the neck. I havent seen that on my guitar when the fretboard was glued off (500). There is info on the neck/fretboard widths available I saw it somwere... That info can give you any bean owner, but then-again why not make a neck that fits you the best... after the neck is built/machined any luthier can make you the fretboard and the body... hope I've helped, let us know if/when you have built it.

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PostPosted: 04/28/2002 at 3:28 PM    Post subject: RE:Making an aluminum neck link

Did you ever get what you were looking for? If you are interested, I have a few pictures of a bare Messenger neck/receiver unit. As you may know, this is one of the few alloy neck guitars that pre-dates TB. The guitars were actually thinline semi-hollow bodies (like an ES335), but the one piece neck/receiver is similiar to the TB design. The pictures are not of the highest quality; I copied them from ebay. The owner was selling the neck because the rest of the guitar was destroyed in a fire. If you are interested, write me at "ardenj at" and I'll email them to you.

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PostPosted: 05/18/2002 at 12:06 AM    Post subject: RE:Making an aluminum neck link

You should check out these links: There is a lot of good info there--you've probably already seen this by now! At any rate, as the article notes, later beans had the more of the neck and body part of the neck hollowed out, and the designs kept changing. I think the changes actually improved the tone and design... I too was wondering where you can get an aluminum neck made with exact or similar dimensions to the TB neck. If you know of any place or this can be done, please post! Is it as simple as going to a factory with a CNC and providing them the specs? I've wanted to build a guitar with a Bean neck, a black walnut (for darker tone), and maybe 3 single coil lace sensor 6K pickups...

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