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My neck is too big!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by adamp824, Jan 15, 2021.

  1. adamp824

    adamp824 Tele-Meister

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    Hi guys, looking for a bit of advice here.

    I'm building a parts caster mainly using odd bits I have lying around, so I'm not looking to buy new parts. However, the neck that I have is slightly too big for the body that I have. The neck pocket measures 55.6mm (2.19") and the heel of the neck is 56.5mm (2.22"). So it is slightly too big.

    My question is this: am I better of sanding the neck heel or the neck pocket in order to make it fit? And will this badly affect the allignment?

    Thanks!
     
  2. AJBaker

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    So the problem is 0.9mm? So 0.45mm on either side (assuming the alignment is ok).

    I'd sand the neck pocket, and it may suffice to just remove the paint.
     
  3. guitarbuilder

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    I'd say keep intact which is the more valuable part. The body sounds like it could be the correct size. 2-7/32" +/-

    If they are both cheap parts, then the neck cavity would be the one to enlarge as a couple strokes of the chisel could do it followed up with a block and some abrasive stuck to it.

    The problem is that they can't be swapped out with other parts easily after you modify them. That is only a problem with bolt on necks though...
     
  4. E-miel

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    According to fender spec your neck pocket is right (2-3/16" = 55.56mm). I would sand the neck heel.

    Edit: What Marty says.
     
  5. Peegoo

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    Rule #1 (or #12...I can never remember) is

    Never ever sand the neck heel to fit a screw-on neck to a body.

    Always modify the neck pocket in the body.
     
  6. tubedude

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    Plane the neck.
     
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  7. adamp824

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    So that’s 3 votes to 2 for modifying the neck pocket? Is it just a personal preference thing? Or are there hard and fast rules about this sort of thing?

    i just don’t want to attack with tools and then the intonation is forever out, or the alignment is forever off. Even if they are cheap parts.

    Thanks for the suggestions so far!
     
  8. guitarbuilder

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    Raise your hand if you have actually built guitars and know what's involved and know what can be messed up quickly........( my hand is up) :).
     
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    Cut back on the shrugs?
     
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    Same.

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  11. Ghostdriver

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    Another vote for modifying the pocket, and yes, I have built more than ten guitars.
     
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  12. adamp824

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    Not me!

     
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    All I can think of now is that cartoon video: “My spoon is too big. I am a banana.”
     
  14. E-miel

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    If there is even the slightest chance you might swap the neck in the future, I would make the neck to spec. Because your body is.

    That said, adjusting the neck pocket is easier imho. But I have build only a few guitars.
     
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  15. Collin D Plonker

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    Pocket. BTW, 1 mm is nothing. Lightly sand 400 grit until you have to firmly push it in. If you can pick it up without separating the two, it's good.
     
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    Just WIDENING the neck pocket or SANDING the neck heel (my preference) will NOT affect intonation, that would require the neck going deeper or more shallow to do, sigh
     
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    I’m in the same situation. A neck which fits my other guitar fine is slightly too wide for the project body pocket, and the project pickguard too. I was just using the neck to check fitment, and have the neck that I ordered for the partscaster on its way. If it’s too wide as well, I’ll check it against a known body, then sand the project body’s neck cavity till it fits. I’m not messing up a neck.
     
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    I'm with the "modify the pocket if you must" crowd but have one other thought. how much clear is on the neck? I've seen some necks that have way thick clear coats. you may be able to at least gain on it some by sanding down the clear coat. I wouldn't go all the way to the wood. I'd leave enough to compound back to gloss. you need .035" and have 4 faces to sand
     
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    I would carefully measure both the neck and the pocket and compare with the Fender specs. Make the one(s) that isn't/aren't to spec so they are. Then you can move either one where ever you want to put it in the future.

    You can get the specs off of the TDowns drawing at the top of the page.
     
  20. TenaciousP

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    Can the neck heel be sanded without going through the finish? If it can, that would probably be what I would do since it sounds like the neck is the one that is oversized. However if you go through the finish on the neck, that would be the more unsightly outcome versus sanding the neck pocket. Or perhaps sand a little off both so you don’t go through the neck finish and don’t make the pocket excessively wide either.
     
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