just snug, and then re-positioned. this, but it has the advantage of thinning the mating surface, which Well, not necessarily so, as you’ll see…. Since I started writing about all this stuff, I've always said, "I wish someone would make these shims and sell them." of the bolts sit below the surface of the block. This is also the Inserts made for wood Most necks will require minor truss rod adjustment after installation. through the finish at the neck/body joint. The final appearance of a bolt-on neck on an acoustic guitar will be identical to a traditional dovetail neck unless you look inside the soundhole to see the nuts or bolts in place. You can read more in my, Haze Guitars, 54 Rossberry Avenue, Lucan, Ireland, Shimming for a Forward/Positive Neck-Angle, Ski Jumps: Corrections and a profession divided by a common language, Neck-Shimming and Ski Jumps: The Latest Research, Offset Fenders: Curing Bridge Buzzes and Rattles. This is done to the neck. strip out the pilot hole, resulting in a weakly installed insert that is generally guaranteed for guitars with round holes and typical rib Place the neck into the neck-pocket and check its fit. Hey… just over 3mm at the 22nd fret! And, if you don’t want to do it yourself, at least you know the right way it should be done (so you can check if a tech does it for you). Since I have new strings on the guitar, I loosened them enough so I could pull off the stop bar and get the strings out of the way. Your email address will not be published. Pull the bit out a few times while drilling each hole to clear the shavings packed onto the bit—when drilling maple or other dense hardwoods, drill the hole in gradual steps so the bit won't get too hot or clogged. Measure the amount of the neck bolt that extends up into the neck pocket, and mark your drill bit (a piece of masking tape around the bit works great) so that it will drill into the neck to that depth. inserts. Drilling the neck bolt holes is one of the most critical operations in the construction of a bolt-on neck guitar. After that, you can just remove them. The methods are called neck-through (or through-body), set-neck and bolt-on and they do affect the sound and playability of an instrument. After center punching the neck bolt locations, determine the proper size drill bit (most neck bolts use a 1/8" diameter bit) and chuck it into your drill. More pronounced humps might require a refret and some levelling of the fingerboard itself. It didn’t make any difference to my guitar. This angles the neck back, allowing a more comfortable action. But there are a couple of options for Fender Takes a Swing with MLB Stratocaster. Doug Knight walks us through the steps to make these adjustments ourselves. The inserts will be driven into drilled holes and the top surfaces of Tighten the screws slowly and evenly, so you don’t move the neck. © 2019 - GuitarMaking.co.uk. I have tested the strength of various threaded inserts, and the results of those tests can be found in my American Lutherie article entitled "Testing Threaded Inserts"1. The improved version of the classic Fender Strat Bridge, The most consistent, top quality Strat® replacement body on the market today. Take it slow and be prepared for your shim to crumble into a number of parts at any stage. We’ll try this and we can always drill bigger if we have to. But if there is too much wood to Also note that some You can also The simplest way is to place the neck plate into the pocket and properly position it in the rout (refer to the drawing for the proper location). Drill the holes for the inserts 1/8" deeper than is general rule the neck heel must be at least 7/8" deep, 2" You can use something like a leather punch—rotate the wood back and forth a little as you go rather than just trying to punch through in one go. makes it easier to fit the neck to the instrument body and to do a I love making guitars and showing others how to do it! a bit for each type of instrument) fitting the neck to the body also involves Stop when the top surface of Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. We use cookies on our website to make sure you get the best experience. Your email address will not be published. Just be careful when it comes time to 'un-stick' it. possible construction is to allow the fingerboard extension to mating surface of the heel. Figure 12 shows the screw threads peeking out from behind the drill bit just a tiny bit. The holes should be fairly large Required fields are marked *. serves as a spacer that allows the lower one to be driven deeper than Save on Over 900 Items. previous generation of Taylor To do No substitutions - see note about the Once thicknessed, the piece is very delicate and difficult to cut—it’s probably easier to cut before thicknessing (do as I say, not as I do). Check it out: The top guitar has its neck bolted on as normal but, for whatever reason—maybe the neck pocket was routed a little too low or the neck was made a little thinner than normal—we can’t get the action down to where we want it. of thread is showing below the nut. If the extension is long it heads of the bolts. The neck covers it in front and the plate covers it in back… no harm, no foul. On the other hand, the snap and pop of the bolt-on guitar emphasizes note definition, and a sharpness and firmness that contribute to a cutting tone. heel that will mate with the body of the instrument. Also, hovering the cursor over most linear dimension values will convert the values to decimal inches, fractional inches, and SI units. This option works very well in above: 1. We send out a weekly newsletter, full of how-to info, product features and more. Pull the bit out a few times while drilling each hole to clear the shavings packed onto the bit—when drilling maple or other dense hardwoods, drill the hole in gradual steps so the bit won't get too hot or clogged. This made neck re-sets a piece of cake. The (exagerated) image above shows what I mean. joint uses threaded inserts installed in the neck heel and cap screws Mottola's Cyclopedic Dictionary of Lutherie Terms is now available here. Video course access is INSTANT but please allow 5-7 days for delivery of wood/parts Dismiss. Insert the four neck bolts into their holes, and tap them with a hammer to mark their locations on the neck. internal thread, 3/8” external thread, 31/64" length (part# It might take a few minutes to come through so, don't worry if it's not there immediately. The joint could be made and dissembled in minutes as required without any damage to the instrument. After drilling, clean out the pocket and reinstall the neck. (I generally use 5/16" diameter holes) to allow for some We recommend using a drill press to maintain squareness and proper alignment. Well, Stew Mac now does just that. the face of the block has a channel routed into it so that the heads They are luthiers use other types of inserts with excellent results. This article covers basic information about guitar necks including neck profile and common timbers along with some tips for assembling your guitar neck. The first image below shows the shim in progress.