The neck is an essential part of the pedal steel guitar. The neck also provides a place to put fret markers or fretboard. Necks can be made in a variety of different materials, such as:
- Cast aluminum (sand casting or investment casting)
- Machined aluminum (CNC milled)
- Extruded aluminum
- Stamped aluminum
- Combination of wood and an aluminum pickup-mounting plate
The use of different neck materials and construction techniques affects the sound and tone of pedal steel guitars.