3D Neck Coupling Design Update
v8.x (Production 2016 - Current):
Same as v7 but with a 2.25" heel width. Progressive Asymmetric Neck Profiles got a tad skinnier. Also, part of the v8 revision, the necks match with a new ergonomic body heelblock for all models. Makes for a better access as the block is tighter with a contoured/beveled edge.
v7.x (Production November 2014):
Well, it seemed nobody likes necks as thick as what v6 could handle so we reduced the size of the heel block back to v5 dimensions. We left the v6 enhancements like deeper headstock break angle and tighter shelf along the edge of the body.
v6.x (Production February 2014):
Deeper neck pocket and updated surface profile. Deeper in the center, very slightly shallower on sides.
- Allows use of thicker profiled necks (ala boat necks)
- Thicker stock is used on the necks, so the headstock surface is lowered allowing more break angle across the nut (ala Eric Johnson Strat®) virtually eliminating string trees
- The heelblock shelf is tighter to the neck profile as well as the body contour (less protrusion from body) resulting in a tighter look
v5.x (late 2012 to February 2014):
Same is v3.x with updated dimensions. 2.225" at heel and 1.650" at nut.
v4.x (No Production - experimental only):
Trying out some new ideas and mounting techniques. Mostly insert related. Wood Screws, different bolt and anchor systems, etc.
v3.x (2012 Production):
v3 was our first real production run. Standardized the pocket shape on all models (S, T, XKE, etc). Improved the connection method with custom T inserts. (At this time we also started dialing in the Progressive Asymmetric neck profiles and are very similar to the latest profiles we offer.)
v2.x (Very low production):
Our first experiment into 3D neck coupling. Very good results. Very few of these on the street as well. Different bolt types were used on each subversion. About 10 of these are in existence.
v1.x (Very low production):
Our first 2 bolt method of neck coupling. Featured a flat pocket. There are around 7 guitars out there with this construction. Started with our Rock-Rite model and moved into the standard classics.