So I'm looking at the headstock on my '69 Les Paul Deluxe (gold-top) admiring the lacquer cracks when BAM, it hits me, there is no scarf joint!
Did Gibson or any other manufacturers steam bend their neck headstocks? I think I have heard of this somewhere but googling reveals nothing. This neck is a 5 piece mahogany jobber, 3 for the neck plus 2 for the headstock wings.
The grain is visible and clearly runs parallel down the course of the neck and bends at the transition to the headstock, and is parallel to the headstock as well.
The gears are turning, I am envisioning an old coffee maker, some ball screws, and clamping fixtures. Maybe a large inductive heater.
Please help me get this out of my head!