by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  November 4, 2022

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Set-through neck (or Set-thru neck) is a method of joining the neck and the body of guitar (or similar stringed instrument), effectively combining bolt-on, set-in and neck-through methods. It involves: A pocket in the instrument’s body for insertion of neck, as in bolt-on method. However, the pocket is much deeper than usual one. Long neck plank, comparable to the scale length, as in the neck-through method. Glueing (setting) the long neck inside the deep pocket, as in the set-neck method. The result is usually told to have combined advantages of all these methods, mostly eliminating their disadvantages. Luthiers frequently cite: improved tone and sustain (due to deep insertion and body made of single piece of wood, not laminated as in neck-through), brighter tone (due to set joint) comfortable access to top frets (due to lack of hard heel and bolt plate), better wood stability. The main disadvantage is relatively complex construction that leads to higher manufacturing and servicing costs. Another cited disadvantage is the inability or relative complexity of adding a double-locking tremolo to the guitar, as the routing for cavities would interfere with deeply set neck.

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