March 22nd, 2007, 10:32 AM
I have recently purchased a Glendale .104 stainless steel neck plate. I ideally want to attach the body to the neck with spax wood screws, as the bite in the neck/body is a little worse for wear. Anybody use these in their tele's and if so, do they do as good a job as advertised and what size length/diameter would I need?
Thanking all in anticipation,
March 22nd, 2007, 07:03 PM
I have never heard of "spax" screws. Must be a european thing. The screws needn't grab the body, just the neck. How bad are the neck screw holes? If they are not too bad, you can run some really thin superglue/CA in the holes.
Just a little bit to seal the "threads" in the wood. It's not a bad idea for any neck.
Threaded inserts are another option, if you take the neck off a lot.
March 22nd, 2007, 10:40 PM
Frankly, I wouldn't use them.
For our American fellow TDPRIers: SPAX is a German brand of screw specifically intended for fiber-board, they have kind of serrated edges on their winding, which prevents them from getting loose, and makes them cut easier through fiberboard; in my experience, you really ruin the screw-hole if you mount- and unmount them a couple of times, I'd only use them for something I'd intend to mount permanently, and I'm sure this isn'T the last time you are taking off your Tele neck.
July 17th, 2009, 11:47 AM
Sorry to resurrect an old thread (especially where RomanS pretty much put the idea to bed already), but I just noticed that the Spax description on the McFeeley's site (great catalog, by the way, for sandpaper as well as screws) warns that you can't adjust things once they're set in place with Spax screws. They're meant to go in and grab once and they warn that you can't really back them off and tweak the location of whatever you're fastening - that's something you really need to do with a guitar neck. Besides I'd wonder if the little cutting nubs under the heads would act as stand-offs against the countersink in the neck plate so you wouldn't get full contact there - or worse if they would cut into the neck plate.
July 17th, 2009, 12:36 PM
They'll act as stand off alright, in Canada they are known as "nib" or particle board screws - they have a smaller root diameter but use the standard outside diameter, they therefore have a "deeper" thread and it is cut very coarsely - they are used extensively up here in the millwork and cabinet industry.
The smaller root diameter makes them slightly weaker and the small stand-off "nibs" under the head are there to make them self-countersinking, so they are no good when used on a neck plate.
Actually they no good anywhere on a guitar IMO, poor zinc plating is about the best finish available so not only do they not work properly for this application, they don't look good either.