|Dovetail noun \ˈdəv ˈtāl\
01:09A "Dovetail" is a classic woodworking joint and is the traditional method of neck attachment for fine steel string and acoustic guitars and mandolins. It is also a joint often found in furniture and higher grade cabinets and is integral to the art of woodworking. It's also a pretty cool wood joint.
A dovetail joint consists of two parts, the dovetail, a tapered, wedge-shaped male side pared to a "pocket," a mirrored shape carved into an end block, which receives the dovetail.
The tapered dovetail joint of some guitars (such as Martin, for example) is so strong a design that it can be assembled without glue, and the guitar strung and played. Once glued in, the dovetail joint is one of the strongest attachments a neck can have.
There are some who think that a dovetail neck joint makes an instrument sound better. However, there is probably no correlation between the method of neck attachment and tone, as long as the neck is securely mounted, whether by dovetail, dowel, mortise or bolts. All these methods can achieve a securely mounted neck.
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