Strat neck plate gasket

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by ElRey67, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

    Jan 10, 2016
    Chandler, AZ
    Hi forum friends,
    I'm building a strat for a friend. The neck plate he bought came with a black plastic (rubbery plastic) gasket.
    Should I install this? I've seen them on Tele's but not so much on any strat i've played.
    Maybe it doesn't matter either way, but want to see what my esteemed guitar colleagues have to say about it.
    Thanks
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  2. fattboyzz

    fattboyzz Squier-holic

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    Nov 29, 2017
    Newnan ,Ga.
    I just don't think it's necessary .

    I like to snug the screws up good and after stringing it up I make sure they're still good.

    I dont need that gasket to make me feel better :)
     
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  3. jefffam

    jefffam Dr. Squier

    Age:
    60
    Jan 26, 2015
    Portland, TN
    I'm no expert but the majority of my Squier's still have the gasket. That being said, virtually every video I've seen about setup and/or tone says to discard it. Which is correct? I certainly don't know.
     
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  4. squierbilly

    squierbilly Dr. Squier

    Apr 21, 2013
    sunny phoenix
    Ive got some early japanese strats with the gasket.. always thought it was more to protect the wood and finish..
    I would use it myself if its in good shape.. not going to hurt..
     
  5. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

    Jan 10, 2016
    Chandler, AZ
    Thanks for the opinions, guys. I put the gasket on, only to protect the finish. Maybe he'll change the neck one day and the metal won't imbed into the finish, that's may thought on it.
    It's late and I gotta get to bed, but here's a sneak peek at the guitar. I'll do a full post on it when finished. All that's left is springs, strings, and set-up. This build is challenging due to a bad cnc job on the body's neck holes and bridge holes. Had to redo them.
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  6. jefffam

    jefffam Dr. Squier

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    Jan 26, 2015
    Portland, TN
    Nicely done. The green pearl is not used often, so it gives the guitar it's own unique look. Congratulations.
     
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  7. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Age:
    51
    Feb 10, 2010
    Chicago
    That's pretty cool..

    Yeah, I believe it's to protect the finish and tone wise immaterial. I would have left it too.
     
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  8. cool gouhl

    cool gouhl Squier-Meister

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    Dec 4, 2014
    Cincinnati
    That looks nice, best black strat I've seen in a while.
     
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  9. Hotrodleroy

    Hotrodleroy Squier-holic

    Dec 7, 2011
    USA
    My made in Japan strats have them also.
     
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  10. ElRey67

    ElRey67 Squier-holic

    Jan 10, 2016
    Chandler, AZ
    It’s actually a deep dark metallic green. :)
     
  11. cool gouhl

    cool gouhl Squier-Meister

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    Cincinnati
    Oh, on my second look I had to zoom in. I like that color.
     
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