Neck replacement Tutorial (with pics).

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Las Palmas Norte, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. This may be old hat to some members, but I thought since I was swapping necks on a build, I'd post this info.
    Not all screw holes line up when swapping necks, so a "drill 'n fill" is needed.


    First off, select a dowel size of ¼" diameter and a ¼" drill bit for the drill press. Clamp the neck steady once lined up with the bit and set to depth. I'm my case it was just shy of ⅝" depth. Protection on the table like a micro-fiber or terry cloth helps to not damage the frets.

    Neck-01.jpg

    Place the dowel into the new holes, mark and cut to length.
    Neck-02.jpg
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    Elmers or any white glue in the holes, and tap the plugs into place.
    Neck-04.jpg

    Make sure they are flush with the neck heel … sand level if necessary. (not needed here)
    Neck-05.jpg

    Part 2 to follow.
     
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  2. Now set the screws in place in place with the neck plate as protection against clamp pressure marks.

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    Clamp down and tap the screw heads to mark the neck for the new screw positions.
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    Select a drill bit from the new holes. Make sure it's the correct diameter bit for the shank so the threads will bite.
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    Clamp and drill the new screw holes.
    Neck-10.jpg

    Part 3 to follow.
     
  3. Set the neck in the neck pocket and clamp.

    Neck-11.jpg

    Screw down the neck while clamped to keep good contact with the body.
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    Complete. This takes less than an hour depending your speed and produce good results without issues.

    Cheers, and happy builds everyone. Barrie.;)
     
  4. Jim Belaye

    Jim Belaye Squier-holic

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  5. Thanks Jim … The right tools make the job easier with precision and accuracy. Take the time to set up properly is also a requirement.
    Cheers, Barrie.
     
  6. rorygman

    rorygman Squier-Nut

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    Barrie, your photographs are excellent. Thanks for posting this.
    Cheers, rorygman :cool:
     
  7. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    + 1 Barrie - Great Work ! !
     
  8. JoeInMichigan

    JoeInMichigan Squier-Meister

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    Great step by step illustration , thanks for posting!