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  Your previous content has been restored. We should probably spend more time on learning modes and theory than this type of stuff. You are right to return it. If that will forever bug you, I would exchange it for another. It's my understanding that gaps along the sides are merely cosmetic, if anything, but that gaps in the rear affect tone, sustain, and stability. Don't get me started on the gap created when you shim your neck. You can post now and register later. That includes the hardware so don't forget to tighten things up from time to time. By Jack Ellis (Total Guitar) 17 August 2020. ... there isn't enough of a gap to allow for natural expansion and contraction based on atmospheric conditions. Maybe that's what gave that 'vintage' Fender tone! Jesus. It reminded him, he said, of the way Trying to tighten a neck in a 720-modded pocket while a pickguard is in the gap between the body and the overhanging fretboard will cause the fretboard to split off. Loosen the large neck screws on the rear with a PH2 screwdriver. I wouldn't mind if I'd had it a few years, but a few minutes is taking the mickey. I have a Tele body and a warmoth neck. If you like the guitar, keep it. It's just a weak point on the body. Otherwise remember that the screws are now the primary resistor to neck rotation, not the body. I’ve seen worse from production guitars. It used to be a given that you would unbolt the neck and put a piece of windowscreen in the pocket to keep the neck from shaking around. By Jack Ellis (Total Guitar) 17 August 2020. u don't need to fill in the gap. Those lacquer cracks are really common and only cosmetic, happens on nearly all bolt on necks. I may just try for a bit of money off instead. I just thought the pocket was supposed to be snug to get the maximum amount of vibration from the neck. 0.25-degree shim offers the most versatility. © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." ... but these will all introduce an air gap, which is terrible for sustain! I have heard of people doing the following: 2 - Using a couple of pieces of sandpaper as shims. Huh. I can tell you that my MIM is very tight and does not have a gap like that. The guitar will work well anyways. The finish on neck pockets is fragile as has been explained - I was (carefully) removing a neck from my mates guitar the other day and managed to remove part of the finish with it! Upload or insert images from URL. Here is an assembled guitar body. Looks kinda familiar...is that an SX? Otherwise remember that the screws are now the primary resistor to neck rotation, not the body. So be a smidge more careful. So go figure.......some of that neck pocket thing is a myth ( unless you can stick a quarter in there or something perhaps ). You wouldn't take delivery of a new car with a crack in the paintwork. It doesn't appear in any feeds, and anyone with a direct link to it will see a message like this one. Shimming a Guitar Neck Pocket. toothpicvic, November 28, 2006 in Electric Guitars. Here’s why a full-pocket shim is essential: When someone uses, say, a matchbook cover or guitar pick, it leaves a gap between the body and neck. Apart from that, it's not really an issue. - Homer Simpson. Don't get me started on the gap created when you shim your neck. My 2000 American Strat developed a crack there not long after I bought it, and it's not fallen to pieces yet, despite being bashed around a few times. Then play. Americans came together in 1941 after Pearl Necklace. The neck joint on any guitar is the most important join, it's got a lot to live up structurally and tonally. I also do. But hey, there are even gaps in the tenon joints of many set neck guitars. It's quite a common finish, I've seen it on a few guitars now. However, while a large neck pocket gap would reflect on the craftsmanship (or lack thereof) of a guitar, I don't think its got much to do with tone as one of the better sounding Strats I've ever played had neck pocket gaps you could fit a dime edgewise into. Powered by Invision Community. Do the screws go through the body clean or are they grabbing a little of the thread? I asked this a few months ago but I cant find the thread. Bloody hell- I've got strats almost 60 yrs old that haven't got neck pocket cracks so take it back post haste! Paste as plain text instead, × Cookies help us deliver our Services. It looks like you're new here. The only worry, in my opinion, is that the neck might be at an angle. should have the piece of screen come standard! Over time, the screws holding the neck force it to fill that void. In my totally non-quantified way, I'd estimate that almost all of your vibration transfer occurs between the surfaces being forced together by the screws, not through the end & edges of the neck. Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by ssubdio, Jan 24, 2012. I may just try for a bit of money off instead. After I fixed that gap... to be honest I couldn't detect a big differance (maybe some) but what I can say for sure is, this fix certalnly made me feel better and thats important too isn't it. So be a smidge more careful. ). It is not perfect but looks a lot better. The neck is actually sitting in a 1/8" deep pocket, so the gap is hidden all around; adjusting the neck angle slides the heel of the neck in and out of this pocket. Wood absorbs and releases airborne moisture unless it's buried in a thick finish. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. ...bottom line, I doubt most people could detect a difference. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. No biggie. In my totally non-quantified way, I'd estimate that almost all of your vibration transfer occurs between the surfaces being forced together by the screws, not through the end & edges of the neck. If they refuse I'd be inclined to keep it, especially if it is going to be your beater rather than pride and joy. Clear editor. The neck fits snuggly in the pocket, however when screwed in, the top two screws leave a gap. The "sonic interface" to coin a term that sounds a lot cleverererererer than it really is is between the mating faces that are screw together, there is no real fucntion to the sides of the heel pocket...don't worry.

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