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I've never made a violin, but I've set lots of necks.  It seems to me that one advantage of gluing the top first would be easier neck setting.  The neck can be set without worrying about fitting it to the back button and then it is planed flush with the block.  Some makers do it this way.

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1 hour ago, Brad Dorsey said:

I've never made a violin, but I've set lots of necks.  It seems to me that one advantage of gluing the top first would be easier neck setting.  The neck can be set without worrying about fitting it to the back button and then it is planed flush with the block.  Some makers do it this way.

In theory there is an advantage, providing that you don’t need to push the ribs around a bit, to get the correct overhang. Otherwise, your carefully set neck is going to have a very different reading by the time it’s all together.

With the body assembled first, you are setting the neck to a stable structure, and have greater control over the outcome.

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2 hours ago, Wood Butcher said:

In theory there is an advantage, providing that you don’t need to push the ribs around a bit, to get the correct overhang. Otherwise, your carefully set neck is going to have a very different reading by the time it’s all together.

With the body assembled first, you are setting the neck to a stable structure, and have greater control over the outcome.

Definitely.

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