May 17th, 2010, 08:42 PM
Getting the itch to build a Tele. But I remember experimenting once years ago with a neck replacement - tried to install a new undrilled neck on a body and screwed it up! How do you properly drill a new neck? More specifically, how do you hold a new neck in the neck pocket so it will not move to drill the holes? This is really a pain from what I remember. I used a big padded c clamp but the neck still moved and my holes were off! Experts? RSlim
May 17th, 2010, 08:54 PM
This is something I want to know too being as how mere minutes ago I was lining up a noname neck in a reddirt pine body.
May 17th, 2010, 09:32 PM
Clamp the neck, line it up using string/nylon though the E and e strings, clamp tighter - then using a screw or a punching device of sorts, mark the hole positions by going up through the body holes and marking the neck.
Make sure the neck is seated back against the heel too before you make the hole positions.
Then remove the neck and drill the holes - making sure you have the depth set on your press ... you wouldn't be the first to turn the neck over and see holes in the fretboard.
Remember to take into account the thickness of the plate when calculating your depth stop - and that the hole should be equal to the length of the screw because rock maple really hates undrilled screw penetration.
May 17th, 2010, 10:33 PM
Here is a recent thread on neck alignment