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Maple veneer shims

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Stan Martin, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Stan Martin

    Stan Martin Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Where would I get a small piece for my neck pocket?
     
  2. trev333

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    A 1/2" slice off a regular business card is a good place to start.... either end, depending on what you are trying to correct....

    a full length wedge shim isn't going to make a lot of difference. IMHO... let alone trying to make one so thin and flat/level....;)
     
  3. Stan Martin

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    Biz card

    I have one in there just to raise everything up a bit as The saddles were too low. I kept hitting the side rails on the ashtray. That.s why I didn't shim just for break angle purposes. Heck it plays great now, I was looking for a material that would compress so much over time.
     
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    OK, you want to raise the whole neck up, flat.... as if the pocket is cut a bit deep?...
     
  5. Stan Martin

    Stan Martin Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    exactly

    like I said, the business card works just fine, but I'm looking for something that won't compress as much. Heck I can keep replacing the card when that happens, but a more "permanent" solution would be a wee bit better.
    Or maybe I should address my neurosis first.:lol:
     
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    Could you cut one out of a margarine tub lid? I haven't tried it (yet :) ) but it seems like it would be about the right thickness.
     
  7. Stan Martin

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    will

    the margarine lid fatten my tone:rolleyes:
     
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    Business cards can be a bit squishy. I used to use paper more like a magazine cover and just fold over enough layers to get the thickness I want. It doesn't compress as much and you can get any thickness you want.

    You can get maple veneer in many places though you may find it's actually too thick.
    http://www.woodcraft.com/product/158814/maple-veneer-3-sq-ft-pack.aspx
     
  9. Doug 54

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    Feeler gauges or thin brass or alimuniun sheets from 1/64th up, cut to dimension. Found those in hobby sections of stores

    Cut to size.
     
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    You could cut the side rails down, as long as you don't use the ashtray. Leave about 1/8" to maintain rigidity and keep the tone from leaking out.
     
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    Like so
     

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  12. Stan Martin

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    thanks

    everybody. A piece of veneer is on its way. I do like the cutting back of the top side rail. I have the bottom cut as I do use pick and fingers.
     
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    I once had to add a shim under a 3 saddle half bridge and used a piece of single ply pickguard material cut to perfectly match the bottom of the bridge. I cannot discern any noticeable difference in tone at all.
    I couldn't raise the saddles high enough in this case, and it seemed a better fix than a fat neck shim.
     
  14. Bartholomew3

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    Won't make any difference to anything. Leo's factory originally used little pieces of thin plastic in my 68. Have used cardboard, business card and sand-paper. Sandpaper is my favorite as the layers can be built up.

    Once a material is squished in there under pressure of the neck screws it won't compress more than it already has.
     
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