Replace neck plate with recessed screws (and maybe chamfer heel..!)

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  1. JimDiGritz

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    Hi, I'm working on my second build (this time a strat) and am considering modifying the stock strat body (bare wood) to use recessed screws instead of a backplate. Similar to the Ibanez all access neck joint

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    Has anyone done this? I'm worried that there just ins't enough wood on the outside of the screw holes. Since I'm finishing with stain I don't want to have to drill and fill new holes...

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    I'd also like to chamfer the heel of the body (vertically, eg still retaining the 'square' profile) to make higher fret access a little comfier - can this be done to a stock strat body without losing neck joint strength?

    Any input appreciated!

    Jim
     
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    I would move the two top holes slightly closer together (and closer in to the body) so that they weren't in line with the other two. That would be stronger.
     
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    Thanks guys, good advice!
     
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    If you're 100% sure the neck is never leaving the body, glue it. W epoxy , it's stronger than the wood.
    I sanded the pocket end into a perfect 1/8 sphere for a guitar, it was ultra strong Cocobola. If you want to stick with just screws, you can do similar w-out taking away from the screw hole thickness w almost any body wood.
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    I like that look.
    Foggy memory tells me there's somebody who recessed a strat jackplate and trem-plate on back side.
    Maybe one of master Ron Kirn's builds?


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    I worked on a Jagstang for a friend and he wanted the neck heel contoured a bit. That wasn't hard and you can certainly counter sink your screwheads and reinforce them with some bushings. One thing of course to be concerned with is that you'll end up with different length screws - make sure to choose the right length

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    Hello Jim,

    Assuming you don't want to fill and drill because it will show through the finish. You could try this:
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    Plug your holes and drill the recess holes for the bushings so that they will cover the plugs.

    Emiel
     
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  10. John Nicholas

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    I do this on my builds... you may have to relocate the one screw hole depending on how much material you want to remove. And like Freeman says you will need different length screws, make sure you put the right length in the correct hole!!

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