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Neck Shaping Templates for Mandolin

Neck Shaping Templates for Mandolin

1923 Gibson F-5

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Neck Shaping Templates for Mandolin

About This Item

Build an iconic neck, just like the original
The mandolins of the 1920s are still considered the best ever made, and customers continually want their timeless features on new builds. Now with our neck shaping templates you can finally build that iconic neck with pinpoint accuracy.

We've been meticulously measuring the necks of some of the most amazing and timeless instruments ever made to create these super-accurate shaping templates. Each template is laser cut from hard plastic for a lifetime of use in your shop.

Everything you need to make perfect reproductions of sought after necks. These templates have the exact contours of the back of the neck from the 1st, 4th, and 7th frets, and several heel shapes. We also measured the thickness of the neck from the bottom of the fretboard, and etched the measurements on the tool. You've got all the dimensions right in hand to get your neck exactly right.

More than just the neck profile, we also exactly copied the shape of the heel, heel front profile, and heel side profile. You can finally recreate every detail of these amazing necks exactly.

Each template has 6 laser-cut contours for extreme accuracy.

    Templates include:
  • Exact neck profile at the 1st, 4th, and 7th frets
  • Neck thickness dimensions at the 1st, 4th, and 7th frets (to the bottom of the fretboard)
  • Heel shape
  • Heel front profile
  • Heel side profile

If you're a custom builder, you'll love being able to offer customers neck profile choices that have been recognized and loved by generations of players.

Check out the iconic neck you can make!

1923 Gibson® F-5
A cannon of a mandolin, just like Bill Monroe's! This Loar Era F-5 has everything you want in a mandolin neck: hard "V" shape, fast and comfortable size, and very playable width.

    Partial dimensions included:
  • 1st fret - Width: 1.069". Thickness: 0.631"
  • 7th fret - Width: 1.271". Thickness: 0.737"

First time building a neck? We've got everything you need.
From Curly Maple neck blanks, to Ebony, Indian Rosewood, and numerous other exotic fretboards, we're here to help you make any neck you can dream of. With countless sizes and materials of fretwire, inlay, and binding options—we've got thousands of combinations for you to choose from.

And—our tech support team is always ready (and just a phone call away) to answer any question you have when building your custom neck.



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Great Reference for Future Builds

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I've built three mandolins now based on the Gibson Army/Navy design. As I move on to carved-top instruments, this is a perfect reference for neck profiles to match the classic early Gibson F and A series. Someone else has gone to the trouble to make this template based on real instruments, where the best I could ever do would be to work from a set of drawings, for that one example, and then cut out my own. It's nicely done, and economical enough to just keep as a reference.