Well, a guitar like this can’t have a plain old neck, but needs something a bit more spectacular, so since the alder body is topped with quilted maple, the neck will be flamed maple 🙂
For this neck I’m going to use one of the very first boards I ever bought. Its a piece of flamed hard maple. I’ve made several really nice flame top guitars from it, but down to the end of the board where there is a live edge that decreases the width to a point that its just not wide enough to get any more tops out of. This piece is more than wide enough to make a neck, though. Its been in my basement for 8 years so its very well seasoned 🙂
Of course its also way too thick so next its onto the band saw to “resaw” the board down to a more usable thickness. I’m not actually taking it all the way down because once you start removing wood, even when its as well seasoned as this board, it can bow/warp/twist etc. So I’m leaving it about 1/2″ too thick and will gradually reduce that by planing, allowing it a day or two to “settle” in between. Any bow that develops can be flattened as it happens so once its down to its proper thickness of about 3/4″ it will be dead flat and will stay that way.
Finally I’ll trim the end to shorted it to the right length
I use my router table to route channels for the truss rod and the carbon fiber rods. Leaving the board nice and square makes this process a lot easier.
Once all the channels are routed I glue in the carbon fiber rods using medium viscosity CA glue
I attach a routing template to the neck, and install a spiral carbide pattern bit into the router table
The bearing on top of the bit rolls along the edge of the template and cuts the neck to the exact shape of the template.