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Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster is made from quarter-sawn solid mahogany. The quarter-sawn grain orientation produces superior strength and resonance, and is preferred in the necks of high-end acoustic guitars.
The angled, classical-style peg head and mahogany neck work together to provide exceptional tonal richness and sustain from the neck, while the deeper bridge placement—a result of the 12th fret neck/body joint—increases the guitar’s overall sonic depth.
The guitar’s neck is carved to a custom Keb’ Mo’-designed sculpted V profile.
When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
The Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster’s glued-in neck is attached with a compound dovetail joint, positioned at the 12th fret. This neck/body joint results in a bridge placement further into the center of the guitar’s rounded lower bout, which perfectly hits the top’s “sweet spot”, for improved resonance and sustain.
Headstock Shape and Angle
The guitar’s headstock is carved in the style of Gibson’s Advanced Jumbo with tapered edge, and is pitched at the vintage-correct 17-degree back angle.
Gibson’s traditional truss rod, found in most all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
The Gibson logo is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of the Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster’s headstock, which also carries the traditional mother of pearl crown inlay.
Fingerboard and Nut
The Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster’s neck carries a fingerboard of East Indian rosewood. Rosewood is both hardwearing and sonically superlative, adding sweetness and depth to the guitar’s overall sound.
The fingerboard carries 18 frets, 12 of which are clear of the body.
Each Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster uses Gibson Montana standard fret wire constructed of nickel alloy for high tonal clarity.
The Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster is built to a 25” scale length, and it’s fingerboard has a 12-inch radius. Combined with its 1.805” width at the nut, these dimensions offer plenty of room for popular traditional and contemporary blues playing styles, with a string spacing that finger-style players in particular will appreciate, and no “dead” or “choked” strings during blues bends.
The Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster’s fingerboard is inlaid with vintage-style 1/4” mother of pearl dot position markers.
The width of the nut on the Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster is approximately 1.805”, the preferred width for flat-top blues guitars.
The Keb’ Mo’ Bluesmaster has a genuine bone nut, for optimum resonance and sustain.