So I’ve had this neck laying around...

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  1. Jakedog

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    Beautiful flamed maple neck. Gorgeous rosewood board. Abalone dots. Flat radius. Big frets. Two way truss rod. Really nice neck.

    I bought it off a guitar repair buddy of mine maybe 7-8 years ago. He was cleaning out his junk boxes and just wanted stuff gone. IIRC, I gave him $30 for it.

    Ya see, the heel was Swiss cheese. The rounded butt has been cut off to make it fit on a T-style body, and it had been drilled (poorly) nine ways from Sunday. Whoever he got it from had to have had it on at least three different guitars.

    When I got it, it was drilled for a standard fender bolt pattern. But the holes weren’t square so the neck wouldn’t align right, and two of the holes were stripped.

    I decided this evening that I’d like to try it on my new (to me) player series Strat. So I dug it out, and I’m going to work on it.

    So far I’ve drilled out the fender pattern bolt holes cleanly, and doweled them wicked tightly. The holes near them have also been filled, though not nearly as cleanly, and not by me, but I’m hoping for the best. It’s a gorgeous neck. Cross your fingers...


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    So much flame it’s hot to the touch. The photo does not even close to do it justice.

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    All drilled out and doweled up.
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    Cut off clean and sanded flush.
     
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    That is perty. Good luck with it!
     
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    Should look good when properly mounted.
     
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    I think you should do something about the heel. It has to be tight, and you have to make sure it sits in the right place on the scale.
     
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    The issue I’m having now is that the end had been cut off to fit a T style. I don’t think there’s any way to keep it aligned properly in this strat pocket without that Rounded heel bit on there. So right I’m painstakingly reconstructing it by shaping a little chunk or hardwood by hand. I roughed it in with a dremel, now I’m fine shaping it. With sandpaper.
     
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    We were posting at the same time!
     
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    Are you doing this work on your new workbench?
     
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    Ahh, gotta find a cool project for your new workbench. Gorgeous flamed maple. Definitely worth the effort. Patience and stick with it. Good luck.
     
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    Is that a U-Haul pad on your bench top?
     
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    Yep. Works great!
     
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    If that doesn't work you could shim the neck pocket with maple veneer.
     
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    Same here Jake, I've got a gorgeous flame/birdseye Maple neck laying around here.... it came with a one piece Alder body from a workshop clearance 10 yrs ago...

    it's a lefty neck though....and I don't do reverse headstocks.. shame that...:D

    once I started playing/building teles they both got shelved....:rolleyes:


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    “Wicked tightly”

    Does “the north coast” happen to be in Boston?
     
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    No way could I leave that stuff laying around!! I love reverse headstocks.
     
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    Courier to NZ :)
     
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    It had been used as a righty when I got it... as the orig logo shows...

    I did set it up that body with a sss PG and it was so lively it would vibrate when you played it...

    someone had painted the one piece alder body, Red....:eek:.... but the guy had sanded it off and put a clear coat on it .... thankfully....:oops::cool:


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    Nice sneakers. Fingers crossed, good luck!
     
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    Nice flame on that one.

    I’ve plugged and redrilled my share of chewed up necks. As long as you use good hardwood dowels, let the glue cure completely, and trim everything off clean you shouldn’t have any problems.
     
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    Reverse headstocks are the way to go...
     
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