One neck screw won't tighten...

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Fredline, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. Fredline

    Fredline Squier-Meister

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    One of the four neck screws on my standard strat project won't tighten down completely. Any recommendation on how to fix it? Slightly fatter screw maybe?
     
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  2. drewcp

    drewcp Dr. Squier

    Dec 14, 2018
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    Is it stripped? Does it just spin and spin without going in?
     
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  3. fadetoz

    fadetoz Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2011
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    Probably stripped. You could dowel it. Then redrill it
     
  4. Eddie

    Eddie Squirt Startocaster Infinity Gold Supporting Member

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    Put a strip of soldering wire into the cavity. Put two strips. It'll tighten.
     
  5. fadetoz

    fadetoz Dr. Squier Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2011
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    I have never heard of that fix but sounds like it would work.
     
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  6. Fredline

    Fredline Squier-Meister

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    Ya it feels like that. It tightens a bit, but just keeps spinning.

    Cool, I'll give it a shot. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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  7. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Squier Talker

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    If you don't want to dowel and redrill, then do what you would do with a stripped p/g screw or strap button...dip a wooden toothpick in Elmer's glue and put into the neck hole. Retighten and let dry.
     
  8. fuelish

    fuelish Squier-holic

    I’ve done this, it works... if I was a working pro, I’d probably have it doweled/redrilled, but toothpick and wood glue works well enough for my use
     
  9. Shaytan

    Shaytan Squier-holic

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    Not to discredit your solution, but I've tried that out once and it just didn't work for such a large hole, it wasn't enough for the screw to "bite" into.

    An old Silvertone off a friend I've had around for some fixes last year had the same issue, in the end of the day, all four holes had to be plugged and re-drilled (one at a time). The neck pocket was incredibly poorly angled and so adding a properly made wooden shim changed its angle enough that the screws went in crooked enough not to bite into the wood strong enough.
     
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  10. Oldguitarguy

    Oldguitarguy Squier-holic

    Mar 2, 2019
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    The toothpick and hide glue fix has worked great for me. Depending on the size of the whole, you can use more than one.
     
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  11. White Dog

    White Dog Squier Talker

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    I vote dowel and drill also.
    If you took it to a Luthier, that is what he/she would do. I don't picture them shoving soldering wire in the hole...and if they did, I wouldn't pay them.
    If it's worth fixing, it's worth fixing right.
     
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  12. Eddie

    Eddie Squirt Startocaster Infinity Gold Supporting Member

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    Taught to me by the master. :) Thousands of vintage Stratocasters have solder wire in their screw holes. ha ha. Sounds personal. ha ha

    Put enough so that it grabs.
     
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  13. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Squier Talker

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    My preferred solution would be to dowel and redrill, but if that isn't an option for some reason the old toothpick method works the great majority of the time.
     
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  14. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    Toothpick works well. My only caveat would be to make sure the toothpick is actually "real" wood. Most of the ones I see here are bamboo. If the hole was big enough I would try a matchstick as well.

    If gluing, I would probably try to let the glue dry before I re-inserted the screw - that or just skip the glue.
     
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  15. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    Simple fix..Toothpick and glue..Done that treezilion times..
     
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  16. Fredline

    Fredline Squier-Meister

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    Hmm, lots of good ideas here. If it was an Fender American I would do the dowel. But it's a beat Squier Standard so I'm going to try the easier routes, first. Thanks guys!
     
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  17. SuiCyco4Life

    SuiCyco4Life Squier-Meister

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    This is the best easy way. And it works just fine. Just don't over tighten the screw.
     
  18. SuiCyco4Life

    SuiCyco4Life Squier-Meister

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    When i had that problem i used 3 toothpicks. Its still together and solid.
     
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  19. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Supporting Member

    If you really want to do it right you need to make a crossgrain dowel and line the dowel's grain up with the grain of the neck. That way the screw doesn't have to try to grip the end grain of a normal dowel. I did that to make a 3-hole neck into a 4-hole neck because two of the holes end up very close to each other if you don't plug and re-drill. I even went out in the yard and got a maple branch to make the dowel from, so the wood matched reasonably.
     
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  20. Deepblankspace

    Deepblankspace Squier-Meister

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    If a screw hole is stripped ill line the whole hole with super glue, but not fill it. Just make the walls of the whole alittle thicker. Quickest fix i think
    Let the glue dry all the way, then screw.
     
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