I already had installed & removed my vintage-type tuners, which he had on his previous neck, as well. One other thing I find helps tremendously is to put a lubricating agent on the screws before their initial installation. To begin with, there are two kinds of guide-holes. I put new tuners on a new maple neck after drilling pilot holes for the tiny screws. Nov 18, 2011 #1. awfulguitarnois Tele-Holic. Works great. A properly drilled pilot-hole should be the same diameter as a screw’s “root” or “minor” diameter. This is primarily because the manufacturer has no idea which wood-screws you intend to use. Thank you for the clarification on the neck holes–clearance vs. pilot holes. Below: Tools needed: Drill, mounting screws, neck ferrules, bar of soap, 15mm bradpoint bit, 4mm bit, 1/8th-inch bit, countersink 45-degree chamfer bit. a. We will gladly drill 4 mounting holes in the neck you choose. http://www.stewmac.com/tradesecrets...m_medium=email&utm_campaign=ts0031&clk=119011, Okay, I Admit it, I Don't Get Bill Frissell. It’s also important to use a proper sized hand screw driver. Now take your hand held drill with bit ......... clamp or screw the block with the line to a second block with the line close to where you want to drill the hole. He called yesterday and informed me he had cracked the neck installing them. So be careful when using it on unfinished wood that you plan to put a finish on. But, like most things, StewMac sells a tool for that: http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Routers_and_Bits/Bits/Guitar_Screw_Rescue_Kit.html. This is the center core that runs the length of the screw within the threads. Yeah I don't mind the gaps, what I'm asking is how to know where to drill the holes, the neck is undrilled. On soft woods, I pilot, screw in the screw, to make the treads in the hole, then remove the screws and put a small drop of superglue in the hole and then reinsert the screw with wax on it. A pilot-hole is used when a screw will be driven into a single piece of wood. Let’s talk about how to do this properly. One small cut ,lengthwise, along shaft of the screw, turns it into a thread cutter. It was about 6-8 bucks at the hardware store. It's a brand new neck so I may just bring it in for some fret leveling as well. Using the e strings, line the neck up straight with the bridge; IOW, get the strings straight along the edges of the fretboard. Obsessed? With this tool I made a small dent exactly where I would drill my pilot hole. Then fit the neck in the neck pocket and mark & drill the new neck holes in a drill press (or clamp the neck and body together and drill the neck holes with a hand drill using the body holes as a guide to keep the drill bit straight). Excellent write up. Roasted Maple, for example, requires larger pilot-holes than standard Maple. Should I attempt this with a regular drill or should I bring it to the pros? With machined screws, its hard to judge the tightness of the bolts, as you dont get the same resistance that you get with woodscrews. Maybe. If you feel too much, stop and reassess the pilot-hole size. But the screw is so tiny and the soft wood easily damaged, I’m afraid to do anything. I got the body and neck and they are gorgeous! JW out. All this takes is patients, and you can produce excellent guitars. Just plug the neck holes with dowels & wood glue. Yep…gotta be careful with Roasted Maple. I chuckle about the whole experience now, but at first, I thought the world was over. Without a pilot-hole, this pressure puts the wood at risk of splitting or cracking, usually along the grain lines. I’m using a set of Gotoh oval knob tuners (the pegholes on our replacement necks are 10.5mm, to match most sealed-back tuners). Ugh. It should mount right up if they are both fender, or licensed by same. OK let me get this straight, the body holes don't line up with the neck holes and bind the neck in the pocket so you can't tighten it down? I had learned a lot of this stuff intuitively through experience, but it’s nice to see some of the theory behind it. Also, I use soap (the soft stuff from the bottom of the bar after it sits in a soap dish) as a lubricant for wood screws. Mark this depth by wrapping a small piece of masking tape around the bit. Fixing a Hole . Snake Head Neck Custom Build Select options; OEM Neck Custom Build Select options; MKW Neck Custom Build Select options; 7 String Neck Custom Build OEM Neck Custom Build When it reaches the surface of the wood, your hole is the correct depth. As you learn and gain experience, it is always useful to practice on scrap wood. Gold Supporters see zero ads! ). I always use my caliper to measure both the screw and the bit. The neck joint of a “bolt-on” style electric guitar is a perfect example of both clearance-holes and pilot-holes. Also, don’t forget to take into account the species of wood you are drilling into, and its properties. I have looked everywhere for an answer to that one as I wasn’t sure if the body needed clearance holes or not. stewmac.com and read the free tutorials section. Then with the neck flipped over, fretboard down, I put a straight edge against the tuner bodies to make sure they were all in line and turned them all slightly until they were perfectly straight. The only other configuration we offer for mounting holes is 2″x 1-1/4″, which would fit with the old style vintage narrow-hole Kramer neck plates. One such step, often skipped by the impatient or the inexperienced, is properly drilling the guide-holes for all the wood-screws that must be used. It is also important to know the screw’s “thread” or “major” diameter size, or the outermost diameter of the threads. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! Nice trick. We drill for standard Fender specs with a spread of 2″ x 1-1/2″. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register. How about disaster stories? I can’t believe this email came today. Some other things to consider: If the wood you drilled your pilot-hole into has a hard finish on it, you’ll want to chamfer the edges. I’m now repairing the neck tonight with hide glue and clamps..Dale Latimer. Trying to join two pieces of wood together without a clearance-hole in one of them usually results in a gap between them. 3. I wanted to install the tuners in a way that gave a professional look that I could be proud of. Below: Centerpunching holes where the holes will go. You just dip the screw into the wax before screwing it in. Then fit the neck in the neck pocket and mark & drill the new neck holes in a drill press (or clamp the neck and body together and drill the neck holes with a hand drill using the body holes as a guide to keep the drill bit straight).