What is the neck pocket width of a tele

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  1. ML89

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    Hi,

    If you wanted to build a body which would accept licenced necks that are 55.56mm at the heel, what width would the neck pocket be? Is the 55.56 without finish?

    There seems to be lots of numbers floating around. 55.56, 55.88, 56 ‍♂️

    What do actual fender tele neck pockets measure? I am planning to make a body and would use nitro on the neck
     
  2. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's

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    Regular US size? 2-3/16” or about 55.5mm. However, a hair either way is in spec and if a seller actually measures a specific body, it might be a little different or there might me a small measurement error.
     
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    This is in inches:
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    Note that the pocket sides are not quite parallel.
     
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    I have seen this plan floating around but the neck width is much larger then 55.56mm hence the confusion
     
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    Yeah, 55.56mm is about 2.19 inches, and that seems a little on the narrow side.

    Maybe they have some “wiggle room” built in for finish...
     
  6. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    while 2 3/16 is correct, that is at the very heel of the neck.. the neck pocket is cut at a taper to match that of the neck.. also remember, a properly cut neck and neck pocket require the neck to be dropped into the pocket, it cannot be slid in because the outermost part of the pocket is less than 2 3/16..

    rk
     
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    Make your neck pocket the metric equivalent of 2-7/32" at the widest part. You want a bit of wiggle room after paint is applied to both the neck and body.
     
  8. ML89

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    That's about 0.8mm of room. Quite a lot no?

    Can anyone measure an actual telecaster neck pocket? Would be interesting to see if the online plan is accurate
     
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    That's the tdowns plan that we all use..... That 1/32 is about .016" on each side. consider how thick 4 layers of paint are. While a few people think they want a snug fit, you can't adjust your neck side to side to get the E strings aligned like you like them if you can't move the neck. Those dimension extension lines are taken to the back of the neck pocket too.
     
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    When plan and pocket don't match, how do we decide which one is accurate ?
    This forum may need to take up Tele-existentialism....
     
  11. Ronkirn

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    accuracy?? In something made of wood...

    here's the reality... 2 3/16th is the target.... so ya make the body, or a CNC shapes it.. and it gets stashed until its needed... during that time it's subject to whatever environment the air handler is programed to deliver... on during the day, off at night. what that does is assists in the woods indefatigable compulsion to shrink and swell.. until it actually becomes a guitar.. then its subject to whatever the guitarist puts it through..

    so getcha body, getcha a neck.. and they MIGHT just fit together... but then ya gotta paint 'em.. then they might not... that's where being skilled comes into play...

    rk
     
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    Ron is right!
     
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