Guitar Neck

Decorating By kimbordeaux Updated 1 Jun 2011 , 9:33pm by SammieB

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kimbordeaux Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 2:29am
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Okay, I've fried my brain trying to figure this one out! I am creating a full size/life size acoustic guitar to be delivered this Friday. I figured this was going to be fun easy since I play guitar and have a few around the house. Well, I have plenty of models and making the body I feel is going to be easy and accurate because I've traced one of my real ones to use as a template. My problem is what will be most realistic way to create the neck and then attach it the body. I thought foam. So I found some 1/2 inch sheets at Lowes. Well, cutting the neck shape out was horrible, then I tried a hot knife. Worked a lot better. Anyway, now I think that the foam will not hold the weight of fondant. Not with the length I have to get. I see others say they used foam for neck. What foam are they using? I'm thinking about trying foamboard tomorrow. After I figure out how to make the neck I need to figure out how to attach it. Oh, I'm traveling 45 mins to an hour with cake. I plan to use silver blending fillament for strings. I'm thinking that before neck dries I will insert a dowel vertically under neck to help support neck against cake board. Still confused as to how neck is going to attach to cake. The neck will have a few inches on top of cake.
If anyone has any suggestions please tell!


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SammieB Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 2:45am
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For mine I used a small 1/4"x2" strip of plywood about 2" shorter than the guitar neck. I covered that in RKT, then smoothed the bumps with modeling chocolate. I put the fondant over that. I just made 3 supports out of a dowel as the neck, then stuck a dowel out of the neck into the cake. It's hard to explain, bu maybe you could look at my pics and figure it out. I used my husbands acoustic as a template. We traveled 45 minutes as well and it held up ine! HTH. If you want pics or need more details just msg me and I'll see what I can scrounge up.

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kimbordeaux Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 12:05pm
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Thank you SammieB! I'm told I try to hard. I just want cake to be perfect. How did attach neck to body? The acoustic guitar I'm using does not have the cutout, the cutout at top of body by neck.

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SammieB Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 9:33pm
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I try too hard too. I have to remind myself that I will more than likely never think it is perfect, even if other people think so. But I'm still very much an amateur too, hehe.

I of course had to cut away part of the cake and the fondant to get the neck attached, and my neck had a support going to the cakeboard up by the body. So it was supported vertically by the body, in the middle of the neck, and at the end by the keys. I used two bamboo grilling skewers and shoved the sharp end into the RKT, and the blunt end into the cake, so there was a good 10" of wood holding it on in 2 places, and the cake wasn't having to actually support the neck at all.

For the keys at the end of the neck I used modeling chocolate with toothpicks to attach it, and then threaded my "strings" through there and twisted it, just like if you were actually tuning a guitar.

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