Oooops. On my latest project.

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by reddy2300, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. reddy2300

    reddy2300 Tele-Meister

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    I'm building the USMC tribute Telecaster.

    When I cut the neck pocket, I didn't have the neck. I routed it to "specs". I put the neck and bridge on last night and discovered that the neck sits too far up out of the pocket and the strings fret out from front to back. (Yep, it's bad. Lol.)

    Is the solution to the problem to re-rout the neck pocket on a painted and polished body?
     
  2. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    Have you measured your neck dimensions to be sure? If it is indeed too thick (should be 1" at the heel to the apex of the radius), you could fix it a couple of different ways.

    1. Scribe a line on the neck heel to the proper dimensions and remove the material to make the heel the correct height. You'd have to be careful to remove material evenly to keep from introducing an angle.

    2. Go ahead and rout the pocket deeper. Just tape down thin cardboard on the body top to keep from mucking it up with the router base. If you do this, though, you'll have to glue more wood in if you ever swap necks.
     
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    Yes it can be routed deeper. You can get a stewmac bit or similar. These are 1/2" deep. Then the router bit can follow the neck cavity to go deeper. I'd suggest you make an auxiliary base to keep the router from tipping. Other methods would be to use a forstner bit and chisel to remove the material. You want 5/8" deep for a 1" neck.

    http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tool...s_and_Bits/Bits/Ball_Bearing_Router_Bits.html


    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=281835894541
     
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    That bearing bit is what I have. I have the 1" version, as well. The 1/2" is what I use to rout pockets and PU cavities. The 1" does body sides.

    When I did the first Tele I built, I actually "overshot" the depth and went to 11/16". It turned out to be perfect for the neck. I guess I'm at it again.

    Do you mean thin cardboard like from a cereal box or something? Would it be enough to put a layer of masking tape on the body to protect the finish?

    It just seems "risky" to go back and rout a "finished" body. Lol. I wanted to be sure I wasn't going into nutjob territory.
     
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    with such a small amount of wood to remove use a sharp chisel
     
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    Wouldn't that be difficult to maintain a consistent depth?
     
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    This seems like an easy fix...
     
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  8. R. Stratenstein

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    That would be my main concern with a chisel. As Roger pointed out above, basically your two choices are to thin the neck heel or deepen the neck pocket.

    Of the two, with slight additional risk to your finish, using a router on the flat body's surface to achieve a flat-bottom neck pocket, is the easiest, and most likely successful approach. The risk to the finish on the top is minimal, and controllable to nearly 100% confidence, with careful planning, and even more careful execution.

    And yes, thin cereal-box type cardboard, not thick corrugated, would be good protection for the body top. If you are certain of the paint job quality, such that there is no worry about pulling paint up with tape adhesive, multiple layers of say, 2" wide masking tape would serve to protect the finish, also. Make sure your router base is clean and smooth, and that your guitar body is well secured to the bench top when you attack it.
     
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    I've cut a few pockets to 11/16 but my homemade necks are fat.

    +1 on the router recut approach.
     
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    It sure would for ME!
     
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