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Neck Joints

Weber uses two approaches to neck joints: the traditional dovetail on all Yellowstone and Heritage instruments and the Weber Mortise and Tenon on Bitterroot and Gallatin instruments.


This is the most traditional neck joint for stringed instruments. The body is hand routed into a female slot and the neck’s male end slides tightly down into the dovetail cavity. This provides for maximum wood to wood contact for sound energy transmission. It is a snug and sturdy joint that maintains the neck angle for ideal string set-up heights and sound.

Mortise and Tenon

Similar to a dovetail, there is cavity in the body, but it is shaped as a rectangle. The male end of the neck is inserted into the cavity with glue and a bolt is affixed to secure the neck to the body. This approach has proven to be successful not only with Weber, but with many other premium instrument builders.

Fingerboards & Frets

Radius Fingerboards

We build our instruments with a 10-inch radius.


Our standard frets are nickel/sliver and are .080, so they wear well and make it a little easier to feel your way around the fingerboard. Smaller frets (.050) are available, they are smooth to play and nice for sliding, but they wear more quickly.

Fingerboard/Fret Care

Our fingerboards may need a LIGHT coat of fingerboard oil once in awhile to prevent them from drying out. We use boiled linseed oil or walnut oil. Be careful though, since too much oil will soften the wood and loosen the frets.

The fingerboard and frets are subject to wear over time and will eventually need work or fret replacement. Normal wear and tear on fingerboards and frets are not covered under the Limited Lifetime Warranty. Any reputable luthier/repair person should be able to do a plane and refret, however their work, or any damage caused by this work would not be covered under the Weber warranty. We are happy to do this repair work on your instruments (our pricing is very reasonable).