One neck screw won't tighten...

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

  1. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic Double Platinum Member

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    That's the easiest way to fix it, and as others have said, we've done it countless times. Works great.

    If it's my guitar, I'd put steel threaded inserts in it (not the cheap Home Depot zinc ones) and attach the neck with stainless steel machine screws.

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  2. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd try the toothpick firstly, I personally have used the ends of an incense stick on a few stripped screws, and it works great. I like Eddie's idea too, interesting, who would of thought of solder.
     
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  3. Eddie

    Eddie Squirt Startocaster Infinity Gold Supporting Member

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    Any news on the repair?
     
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  4. Fredline

    Fredline Squier-Meister

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    Sadly no...I was at the gf's this weekend and the guitar was at my place...she has toothpicks & I do not, lol!
    Would it be ok to use "Thin CA" instead of wood glue?
     
  5. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-holic

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    I would try Eddie's idea if the toothpick thing hadn't worked for me so many times. Not only on guitars either. I've used more than one toothpick when the hole is big like the neck one. Personally I like to use quality wood glue, but they're all some type of acrylic adhesive.
     
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  6. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Squier Talker

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    Elmers glue or Elmers wood glue is your friend.
     
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  7. Eddie

    Eddie Squirt Startocaster Infinity Gold Supporting Member

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    One bottle of Elmer's wood glue has lasted me 2 years already and I've barely used 1/10th of it yet.
     
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  8. Fredline

    Fredline Squier-Meister

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    Update: It worked! The solder trick that is. Thanks again @Eddie and to all who had suggestions.
    I'm sure I'll use them on future guitars, but hope I won't have to :)
     
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  9. LzeroKI

    LzeroKI Squier-Meister

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    Fwiw, the wood glue/tooth pick fix works great too. I've used it on a stripped hole for a bass bridge (lots of tension pulling up on that bridge plate!) and it's held fine for months and months and months.
     
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  10. Eddie

    Eddie Squirt Startocaster Infinity Gold Supporting Member

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    Solder is a less invasive approach. It'll grab without deforming the wood.

    Glad it worked out. :)

    I use solder whenever I need the screw to grab better ... mostly with pickguard screws.
     
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  11. Byron0420

    Byron0420 Squier Talker

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    Done it many times!!
     
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  12. Byron0420

    Byron0420 Squier Talker

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    I cleaned and saved wood popsicle sticks. Carve or cut them for lots of things like loose wood screws. Sometimes you don't even need glue. Just a shaving.
     
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  13. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Squier Talker

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    I've heard of a similar trick with a 1" piece of used low E or A strings
     
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  14. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    I could actually go for a popsicle right now, cherry or perhaps lemon. :p
     
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  15. 66musicmaster

    66musicmaster Squier-Meister

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    Find OUTSHINE at your local grocer. BEST popsicles known to man. At least this one.
     
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