Screw It! (why Are They So Hard To Find?)

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by buffalohunt, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. KevinB

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    I do know that Gibson uses a #6 screw for the upper bout mounted strap screw, and a longer #8 screw at the butt end.

    The reason is that during finishing, Gibson screws a hook into the butt end to allow the guitar to hang.
     
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    How about the USA vs MIM vs Korean? All the same, or some metric thrown in?
     
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    Good question.

    USA and MIM both use imperial. MIJ, MIK, MII, MIC are not made in Fender factories so all bets are off with fasteners. Assume metric.
     
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    Don't just search fastener supply, search industrial supply as well. The industrial supply places are like a DIY'er's candy store: "Oooh, I could use that to make xxx and this to make yyy."
     
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    Does anyone know why fastener companys do not sell a #3 3/8 stainless round head,they go from #2 to #4 totally skipping #3
     
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    I just reported this post in the hope that it will be made a STICKY.
     
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    Nice find thx,I assume the #3 3/8 are nickel plated steel?Have you tried them?
     
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    I would assume they are made of steel, yes.

    I have not tried them, got that link of this site years ago. I usually just buy a complete set on the 'Bay or the 'Verb. Costs more but then I know I have what I need.
     
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    I've been getting all my hardware from Lowe's and plus 1 on the sheet metal screws. You can get chrome or Stainless Steel. Don't get the brass screws unless you like removing broken screws from the wood.
     
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    Callaham and Glendale sell sets, slotted or Phillips....that’s what I’ve been doing.
     
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    Well, if this thread makes it as a sticky, I'll add this once more - here in Europe, guitar screws are the DIN 7983, a.k.a. ISO 7051. Easy to get a hold of from fixing/fastening suppliers, and available in stainless steel. Chrome is harder to find but you can stick'em in your cordless drill and spin the head against 2000 grit sandpaper and get a real nice shine in no time. I use a lot of SS hardware so they always fit in nicely.
     
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    +5 on Blacksmithbolt.com -- sourcing the sorts of specialty fasteners needed to make a guitar is quite difficult, and they're an invaluable resource for the denizens of this forum. If there's something they don't have, then it's often possible to find something that will work on, in no particular order:
    Philadelphia Luthier ( philadelphialuthiertools.com )
    Stewart MacDonald ( stewmac.com )
    Luthier's Mercantile ( lmii.com )
    eBay
    McMaster-Carr is great for a lot of things, but their minimum quantities (25, 50, 100) often have us buying 3 lifetimes' supply of certain items -- fine if you can use it up somehow, though.
    As someone familiar with aeromodeling and model yachting at one time, I often will look at RTL Fasteners ( rtlfasteners.com ), especially if what I want is stainless steel, or socket-head machine screws.
    Nickel-finish fasteners are not always easy to find, and Blacksmithbolt is good on that score.
     
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    The tone of recovered screws is unsurpassed, I hear.
     
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    Second the motion on Blacksmith Bolt. Another good source is www.boltdepot.com
    I also build period correct flintlock longrifles and go through lots of unplanted, slot headed screws. Very hard to source locally.
     
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