12 Fret Anniversary New World part 3

Joining neck and body

Here the body and neck are shaped ready to fit together. Glue is applied and the neck inserted into the body cutout and the red strap around the body is tightened, holding the neck firmly in place. When I’m absolutely sure the neck is in the correct position I apply glue to the prepared wedges and drive them firmly in.
This pulls the neck hard against the guitar body and holds it there. The glue not only ensures the wedges will not move, it also lubricates and eases driving them in.

Strap tight and wedges driven in

Wedges all trimmed flush

Next the fingerboard will be glued in place and the neck carved.