Filling in bad neck pocket

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  1. highwaycat

    highwaycat Tele-Holic

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    This is a squier se, worst neck pocket I’ve probably seen.
    What if I filled the pocket with some sort of auto body filler then level it with my checkering files?
    Any tips?

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    Telekarster Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Yeah.... I've got a 70's body that, as the story goes, the strat was basically thrown out the 3rd story window by a PO'd girlfriend in the mid-80's and it has a pocket similar to yours. I haven't started working on it yet, but I was planning on using some wood filler to level it out. Maybe some of the experts out here might have some better suggestions.
     
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  3. Timbresmith1

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    I might use an epoxy wood-dust blend with a packing-tape caul to press it flat. Body filler can do weird stuff- it might eat into the finish or off-gas over time (?)
     
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    That gives me an idea so sometimes the neck pocket shatters when the guitar falls over.

    These guitars come with the neck mounting screw holes threading into the body and neck, so people like to drill the squier’s body holes bigger so the neck mounting screws only bite into the neck heel.

    But this might if left the factory like this, who knows.

    I heard guitars with the threaded neck inserts can shatter the neck pocket if the guitar falls over. Maybe same for how the body holes are drilled from the factory?
     
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    If you are skilled with a wood chisel, you could shave down the worst of it and glue in a maple shim to fill it. Otherwise, epoxy should work.
     
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    Had the same problem, bought a guitar from cash converter, cheap and nasty just something to muck around with, trying to pull it apart some d/head glued the neck into the pocket, as it was a Strat style guitar i eventually worked it loose , but the problem was part of the pocket went with the neck leaving crater, had a mate who was a carpenter, he filled it with bog and routed it out I'd say 99.9% perfect, the neck however was a different story
     
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    Instead of regular 2-part epoxy, I would probably use a 2-part epoxy called fairing compound. Easy to mix and spreads easier than peanut butter.

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    Almost looks like the neck was painted and still wet when the neck was mounted. Later, someone removed the tick neck and t pulled the wood away.

    It won't really make a bit of difference but, you can fill with bondo or even some 5 minute epoxy which will self-level. Just squeegee either material as smooth as possible before it sets up to minimize the sanding.

    I wouldn't bother and would just lightly sand the inner corners of the pocket to get a clean mating surface and not worry about the chipout.
     
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    As long as the neck seats properly there's no reason to do anything with that neck pocket.
     
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    Are the "high spots" creating a flat surface for the neck to rest on?? (3 points define a plane)
    If so, play it. My 98 MIM Strat is my #1 guitar, but it ain't pretty in there either!
     
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    The depth and angle of the neck pocket is somewhat critical for getting the geometry of the guitar right. If I was going to repair that I would route the pocket deeper and flat, then glue in a shim the correct thickness to bring it back to spec. Most of the other suggestions will work too.
     
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    I would'nt over think it. Epoxy, JBweld...anything that is good and solid and doesn't compress. Fill it flush, block sand it flush, measure for same depth all around & good to go.

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    I agree. Yes, one could just leave it alone, but it will be a "softer" neck joint since there is about half of the usual material there to stabilize the neck. The existing wood could have a tendency to squash under pressure/twisting. I agree with replacing the wood with a maple shim, but any hard filler would be better than nothing. Regardless, it would also be a good idea to FIRST get rid of any appreciable finish build-up in the pocket, then fill the damage and adjust the pocket if needed.
     
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    titebond and sawdust - in glue and dust we always trust
     
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    The cleanest job would be to route it deeper, glue in a thicker shim and route it to specs, as others have suggested
     
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    Is there a problem with the way your neck is aligned when mounted?

    If not, then leave it alone.
     
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    It looks to me there’s simply some wood damage when the body was made and being a cheaper guitar, it passed QA. If it plays and sets up OK, I would leave it.

    Otherwise, I add a vote for wood filler/glue and sawdust of some description should do. If the idea is just to give it a touch more stability, I’d look to something easy to work and clean up. Anything too hard to sand and you could find yourself overworking the pocket.

    But I can’t see it being that unstable.
     
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    This and only this, unless you have OCD that won't allow you to sleep at night because your thoughts will be consumed by what lies UNDER the heel of your Squier's neck :D
     
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    It isn't even my guitar and I have had trouble sleeping...
     
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    Or use a router.
     
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