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Old January 29th, 2007, 10:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What Size Drill Bit For Neck Screw Holes?

I need to drill holes in my neck for the neck screws. What size drill bit do I need to use. I'm using standard Fender neck screws. Any, and all help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old January 29th, 2007, 11:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Duchossoir Strat book has a blueprint of a Strat neck. The holes are 0.125 in. dia X 0.875 in. deep.

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Old January 29th, 2007, 11:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Jwells393, thank you very much for your help.

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In looking at that drawing above, keep in mind that .815 dimension to the first holes is measured from a 22 fret fingerboard overhang. On a 21 fret Telecaster neck the first holes should be 0.625 in from the end of the neck.
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Old January 30th, 2007, 12:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I just drilled holes for my neck and used 9/64" or even 5/32. Just a little bigger than 1/8". The maple neck is very hard, so a slightly larger bit than the shank of the screw makes the screw thread easier. Also some soap on the threads.
If you're using brass screws, thread the hole with steel screws first, then put in the brass.
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Old January 30th, 2007, 09:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I use 9/64 also....and in addition, do Rob Ds trick of the water thin Superglue..wicked into the threads first (let dry first)..then a little beeswax on the screws.
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Old January 30th, 2007, 10:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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...a suitably short one!
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Old January 31st, 2007, 01:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Right! Wrap a piece of tape around the drill bit at the depth you want the bit to cut, so it looks like a flag. Just as the flag wipes the shavings from the hole, you're deep enough.
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Old January 31st, 2007, 08:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you, to everyone for your very helpful answers. Hopefully, this weekend I'll have my tele project up, and going.

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Old January 31st, 2007, 11:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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When tapping sheet metal screws into hard wood, any pilot hole that is smaller then the minor diameter of the screw, just begs for trouble. The only thing you are accomplishing with a smaller pilot hole is distressing the wood, resulting is enough torque to damage the screw. You can get by with smaller or no pilots in the soft woods, but I don't even like to do that.

I've found that most sheet metal screws' minor diameter to major diameter ratio is 0.75. The neck mounting screw for the Tele is a #8 (0.164" dia). So, 0.164" x 0.75 = 0.123". This makes a 0.125" bit a decent choice. 9/64
would be a good choice too.

What I'm trying to put forth here is...If you don't have a good dial caliper or digital caliper to measure the minor diameter of the screw, 75% of the major diameter will get you in the ballpark.

If you don't have the standard screw sizes in your head, just remember the arithmetic progression for screw sizes.

DIA(mils) = 60 + 13N

Where N is the screw #.

i.e for a #10 screw, 60 + 130 =190 mils or 0.190"
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If you don't have the standard screw sizes in your head, just remember the arithmetic progression for screw sizes.

DIA(mils) = 60 + 13N

Where N is the screw #.
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Old February 4th, 2007, 03:58 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I installed the neck on my Tele project guitar today. Everything went very well. Thank you, again to everyone for your help.

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