StewMac Deadblow Neck Rest Video

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See how this dense, flexible neck rest conforms to fit any instrument on your bench, and solidly absorbs hammer blows during fretwork.

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Matt Brooker: Check this out. This is the Deadblow Neck Rest for guitars, basses, mandolins, anything. You could tell this was designed by a luthier because the bag is dense but also flexible. That gives a really solid support that conforms to fit the profile of the neck. I apprenticed [on-screen text reads: Matt Brooker, StewMac Tech Advisor] with the luthier who designed it, Gene Imbody. He worked up a lot of prototypes before he got the size and density just right, and he finally nailed it.

It's called a Deadblow Rest because it's filled with shock-absorbing pellets. That makes this the best way to support a neck when you're hammering in frets. There's no bounce back, and there's no chance of marring the back of the neck. Unlike other neck rests, this one works great for the super wide neck on this six-string bass, but it works just as well for something tiny like a ukulele. I don't have a uke in the shop right now, but check this out, a mini Strat. Dan Erlewine actually sprayed that vintage sunburst years ago.

You can use this thing any way you want it, lay it flat, prop it up, fold it in half. Whatever gets the job done is the right way to use it. Use it to weigh down a body while you position it in the neck jig, or use it to prop up a body in the playing position for doing a setup. Whether you're building, repairing, or just changing strings, the Deadblow Neck Rest makes a great addition to your bench.



Matt Brooker

StewMac Guitar Builder and Tech

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