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Stripped neck screw hole

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Gene O., Oct 10, 2018 at 7:19 PM.

  1. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    A friend is going to give me a maple neck from a 2011 Am Std Tele, but he said one of the holes nearest the pickup is stripped. I have no idea how that happened because he said he had only hand tightened when he removed and re-attached the neck, so maybe it was that way from the factory. Anyway, the obvious solution is to hardwood dowel the hole and re-drill, but is that really necessary? Would just adding a toothpick or wood glue be sufficient???
     

  2. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    I use whittled down chopsticks tighter fit. Let it dry good before retapping.
     
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  3. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Never thought about chopsticks as a raw material to use. What kind of wood are they typically? Bamboo?
     

  4. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    Elm, maple or hickory as far as I can tell.
    Plus the excuse to get sweet and sour.
     
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  5. knockeduptele

    knockeduptele Tele-Meister

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    i keep some slightly over sized neck screws around for just this problem
     

  6. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    Most toothpicks are maple.
    I've just put in a couple drops of yellow glue then driven as many flat toothpicks as possible.
    Put on the neck with the other three good holes and use the fourth body hole as a perfect drill guide to center your new hole.
    Hope that makes sense.
     

  7. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    But wouldn't the countersink on the neck plate be too small?
     

  8. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Makes perfect sense!
     

  9. Festus_Hagen

    Festus_Hagen Tele-Meister

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    I have a dowel the same size as the holes. I use a piece of that, glue it in, and cut it off flush with an exacto knife.
     
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  10. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's

    +1

    - D
     

  11. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I have some dowel material, but it's probably softwood. Would you suggest using a hardwood?
     

  12. knockeduptele

    knockeduptele Tele-Meister

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    surprignly not - bout 1 mm bigger dia on the screw thread and neck plays arent usually that tight
     

  13. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I just use wood filler. Put a little dab and work it into the hole with your finger. Let it dry overnight. Re-drill a small hole for the screw. Done. More solid than toothpicks and such.

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  14. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    The only difference is that I have toothpicks and wood glue on hand, where as I tossed out the last tube of wood filler I had because it became unviable after 10 or 15 years (I don't have much regular need for it). But damn if I don't have 3 tubes of lithium grease. :lol:
     
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  15. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    ...however, for as many pickguard holes as I've repaired in the last few weeks, maybe a tub of wood filler would be a worthwhile investment.
     

  16. Festus_Hagen

    Festus_Hagen Tele-Meister

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    Either will work. After you drill the hole, screw the screw in, then put some wood glue in the hole (a small amount) , just to turn with the screw and make a sort of "glaze" of the wood glue along the threads to make them stronger.

    Wood filler will not have any holding power. It's just for covering holes, not a good stress point.
     
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  17. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I would think that if I filled the hole completely (i.e. stuffed it in with a toothpick) it would hold adequately.
     
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  18. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I use tooth picks for some holes but on a neck I want a dowel ..
     
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  19. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

    Dec 29, 2010
    Illinois
    Wood filler has very little screw holding strength, and really has no place around musical instruments.

    I use the glue and toothpick method for this kind of repair. Chopsticks are also good. Dowels aren't a good idea because you're driving screws into end grain.
     

  20. jimbo735

    jimbo735 Tele-Holic

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    Plug it like a man with a dowel like StewMac does it!:)Theres a video!
    Its best way Ive seen yet,Ive done all the others and they give up the ghost eventually,Your choice theres many ideas.
     
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