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Tips on lining up bridge with neck?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by skycricket, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. skycricket

    skycricket TDPRI Member

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    I'm about to bolt on the neck and I was wondering what's THE best way to make sure that sucker is lined up with the neck to avoid strings hanging off of neck??

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  2. nadzab

    nadzab Friend of Leo's

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    Assuming nothing was botched in the earlier phases of construction (and you've already drilled the holes in the pocket and the neck), this is an adjustment that I fine-tune after the guitar is strung up. Loosen the mounting bolts slightly, and you can bring the neck a bit left or right until the alignment is where you want it, then re-tighten.
     
  3. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

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    If you clamp the neck to your exact position, you can hold two straightedges (I like metal yardsticks for this) against each side of the neck. At your point of intonation, stick some masking tape to the face of the body and draw (lightly) two pencil lines to give you both edges of the neck (extended). Split the distance between those lines at the bridge location, and you have established your center line. Armed with a center line, two outer lines, and an intonation line, you have many points of reference with which you can locate your bridge.
     
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    u-design-it Banned

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    you can use a laser
    works fine fore me
     
  6. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity

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    From a thread I did a while back on how to install threaded inserts. This applies to your question. If you don't want to use threaded inserts. Just drill the pilot holes in the neck at 1/8".

     
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    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    +1

    Best method I've found. Unless you do have a laser. :grin:
     
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    braderrick Tele-Afflicted

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    If the bridge and nut are already installed, I just use a clamp like posted above and run one long piece of thread through one of the E string ferrules, through the nut, from that E tuner hole through the other E tuner hole, back down through THAT nut slot and down through the opposite E ferrule.

    You can tighten the thread and tie the ends together if you want at the string ferrules. Then move the neck back and forth until you are happy with the string path and lock the clamp in place. I then use a drill bit to mark the neck for drilling.
     
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