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Old August 20th, 2009, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to align neck and body

Hello guys, I'm about to start to build my first bass.
But I'm struggled on how to align the body and neck properly?
How do you guys do it, do you guys trust only on the body cavity
and neck width or is there some trick to do that?

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Old August 20th, 2009, 02:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The method below can be used to align the neck if the bridge is installed or align the bridge if the neck is already installed. The neck mounting holes in the body should be large enough to allow the mounting screws to pass through easily. This will allow slight angular movement of the neck.

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There was a really good meathod I heard of recently for aligning a set neck design, but it should work for anything. Put a piece of masking tape on the body marking your center line, then put a strip on the nut of the neck, and another one at the bottom. On the two pieces of tape on the neck mark the horizontal center. Now get a laser level and see if the center line on the body aligns with the bottom and top of the neck strait through.
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jwells's method works well, have used the same method for years.
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once you are through, if the neck is a little "off" it can be corrected by de-tuning to reduce tension, loosen the neck bolts and give the neck a bump laterally to correct... Even a guitar with a dead snug neck/neck pocket fit, it will still move a crack, it only takes a few thousandths movement at the nut to move the strings 1/16 at the 20th fret...



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jwells, what are you using in the pic. regular string or elastic or something?
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