G&L's latest neck construction is the result of intensive research and
development, using our latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) efforts,
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technology, special diagnostic
functions of our Plek Pro machine, and of course, the skilled hands, eyes
and ears of our craftsmen.
Our latest construction methodology uses a one piece neck blank with
the truss rod installed underneath the fingerboard. In the case
of an all-maple neck, a layer of the maple neck blank is sliced
off, and this slice becomes the fingerboard, ensuring a consistent
appearance of a solid, one-piece maple neck.
Truss rod technology has evolved over the years, and G&L has carefully
studied design options before finalizing its latest design. This contemporary design incorporates a secondary, flat-sided rod which bows away from
primary rod. Unlike a vintage truss rod, this design does not
compress the neck longitudinally in order to function; compression contributes to distortion of the fingerboard curvature. Operation
is both fluid and accurate with the articulation of the neck,
the "relief", being very consistent across the length
of the neck. Unlike
similar rods available today, G&L's rod has an additional
anchor for the heel end of the neck, to help ensure long-term
stability and ensure that the rod will never shear through the
adjustment end of the neck. Finally, the channel for the rod is
also carefully designed to provide a snug fit for the rod while
ensuring free and complete articulation.
While we at G&L maintain great respect for the innovative bi-cut
design pioneered by our founder, Leo Fender, he would have expected
that we continue to improve G&L instruments to better serve
musicians. To fulfill this expectation, it means that we must
be unafraid to change something that we had once viewed as state-of-the-art.
However, there is but one certainty about state-of-the-art; it
changes as improvements are made.
Below: Presentation of the Bi-Cut design
Bi-Cut neck design was another revolutionary patent granted to
Leo and G&L. The traditional method of truss rod installation
involves routing out the back side of the neck, installing the
truss rod and covering the route with a rosewood stripe commonly
referred to as a skunk stripe. Alternatively, a traditional
installation puts the route for the truss rod from the face of
the neck, covering it with the fingerboard.
The Bi-Cut method involves cutting the neck blank in half longitudinally,
making a route on the inside, inserting the truss rod then gluing
the two halves together. The new completed neck blank is then
put in a Taylor press with approximately 350 pounds of pressure,
assuring a nearly invisible truss rod installation. The design
goal that the Bi-Cut method achieves is exceptional resistance
to warping and twisting, because the centrally located glue joint
is actually stronger than the wood on either side.