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Hanika Neck-to-Body Joint

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Do Hanika guitars have truss rods? Or are they built like Spanish guitars? Or something else…?

PM, USA, 6th April 2021

They don’t have truss rods – although the necks are reinforced for stability; the neck is not joined to the body in a “Spanish Heel” so the answer is “something else”.

The body is fitted with a neck block which is rebated in 3 dimensions to take the heel extension and the block attached to the underside of the fingerboard. Here are a couple of pictures –

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Incidently, you can see the neck reinforcement – in this model a rectangular cross section piece of ebony – running down the back of the neck and into the heel extension.

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Some advice on using a rest

I have very much been enjoying the guitar [Hanika 50PF]. I was hoping you might be able to give some advice on using a rest.
I have an Ergoplay. Unsurprisingly given the [matt/natural] finish of the guitar, the suction cups will not attach to the guitar body. There are some bits of film (which came with the rest, see link below) which can be attached to the guitar to help with this, would it be a good idea to give these a go? J

J 10/2/21

Glad to hear you are enjoying the guitar.

My understanding of the pieces of film (sometimes referred to as “suction cup protectors”) are that they are there to prevent the suction cups creating “rings” on the finish of the guitar. but that they do this for gloss finish guitars. in fact, on gloss finish guitars, I always thought that they reduced adhesion somewhat.

Because of the various difficulties of suction cups, an alternative is to use a support which attaches to the body of the guitar by light pressure, soft-ended clamps. I happen to have just one of these on my desk which is waiting for me to evaluate. All I can say so far is that they are precision engineered and considerably more pricey than the Ergoplay models.

Not sure how far this gets you…

Yours sincerely,
Nicholas Mahoney