Neck-Through-Body Guitar Construction

Neck Joint on Neck-Through-Body Neck Joint on Neck-Through-Body Neck Joint on Neck-Through-Body Neck Joint on Neck-Through-Body
Back of Neck-Through-Body Body Blank

Shown above are four different neck-through-body guitar neck joints and a neck-through body blank. Notice that the center neck piece of wood extends from the headstock all the way through to the tail. Notice also that there is no heel. The no-heel feel of a neck-through guitar usually allows better fret access to the upper register and the complete lack of any neck joint normally enables superior sustain and tone.

Neck-Through-Body construction is virtually indestructible: it means that the neck extends all the way through the guitar instead of being either bolted on (Bolt-On) or glued into (Set-Neck) the body.

The "body" of the guitar is actually comprised of "wings" that are attached to either side of the Neck-Through section of wood. This guitar construction method provides the least resistance to the vibrations produced when the instrument is played, resulting in a rich, thick tone and extended sustain.

You will likely spend more for a neck-through-body guitar because they are more expensive to build. Examples of neck-through-body guitars are the high-end Jacksons like the Solist, Ed Roman's Abstract Guitars, and Ibanez makes a nice X series neck-through model.