Introduced in 1999 and a standard feature on Taylor guitars since 2001, the patented New Technology (NT) neck was designed by Bob Taylor and his team to accomplish the primary goal of building a straighter, more stable guitar neck. While some necks may bend in the face of humidity and other factors, the NT neck stays stable and straight.
Don’t all guitars have straight necks? The answer is often yes, but the real question is will they stay that way?
Since its inception, the acoustic guitar had a major design flaw. The fretboard lacked sufficient support to remain truly straight because of top movement caused by changes in humidity. All guitars experience this phenomenon, often resulting in a slight bump at the 14th fret, but not all guitars respond to it in the same way.
The Taylor NT neck® is built from a continuous piece of wood that supports the ebony fretboard all the way up to the 19th fret. Traditional necks lose that support at the 14th fret, relying instead on a “floating,” unsupported fingerboard extension that’s glued directly to the constantly-moving top. As a result, other necks may bend, literally hinging at the 14th fret. But the NT neck remains perfectly straight and stable.
The NT neck sits securely in a custom-fit pocket that is inset with laser-cut spacers. There’s a perfect neck angle for each Taylor, and our precision spacers create it. We’re talking about measurements in the thousandths of inches. The NT design ensures that every Taylor neck is straight, the action is where it’s supposed to be, and the intonation is accurate.
Adjustability is another major advantage of the NT neck. Since the NT neck angle is created by spacers and requires no glue, adjustment simply requires a repair person with a new set of spacers and about five spare minutes. Altering the neck angle of a traditional neck assembly can require invasive surgery to remove wood and relocate the bridge.
The bottom line: The NT neck gives you the industry’s most stable, easy-to-adjust neck and remains the gold standard for playability.