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Leftee
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Aug 27th, 2018 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bummer about the neck! /-:

You’ll have some more sanding to do on the body. They do a pretty decent job, but it is possible there are still machine marks in it. I’ve noticed them around the horn(s). Sometimes you can’t see them until you get paint on the guitar. That stinks when that happens.

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Aug 27th, 2018 04:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks! I'll take a look.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Aug 27th, 2018 06:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I measured the neck pocket at 2-1/8". From everything I've read, it should be 2-3/16". Hmmm!

Leftee
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Aug 27th, 2018 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pop the neck off your Tele and see if it fits.

The build I’m finishing now... I had to sand open the neck pocket a wee bit. First time I had to do that. It has a Warmoth body and neck.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 08:45 PM, Aug 27th, 2018)

LeftyMeister
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Aug 27th, 2018 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe there machine dyes are wearing.

LeftyMeister
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Aug 27th, 2018 07:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I measured the neck pocket with calipers and it's 2.168 which is .020 shy of 3/16. I also measured the SX neck and it's 2.245, so it's not gonna fit. But I really appreciate your generosity. Do you want it back?

Leftee
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Aug 27th, 2018 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sure, if you don’t mind. (-:

Leftee
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Aug 27th, 2018 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Keep the tuners. They’re nice’uns.

Mick Reid
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Aug 28th, 2018 05:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

FWIW, I have successfully fitted non-Fender necks into standard Fender neck pockets a few times.

My feeling is it's better to adapt the non-standard heel to the standard pocket than the pocket to the heel in these cases.

I know others here have disagreed with me on this, but it keeps the pocket to the Fender standard dimensions if I ever want/need to fit a Fender spec'ed neck in the future.

I have only needed to narrow the heel width by 1.5mm max. The key is doing it evenly and squarely.

Pre-mark the desired width on each side (56mm/2-3/16") and use a right-angle sanding block deep enough to encompass the heel and fretboard edge (mine is a DIY).
Apply the sandpaper only to the inside of the block that is going against the edge of the heel/fb.
Use the bottom of the heel as the "guide" to slide the non-sandpapered leg of the block along. Go slowly and check with calipers and a square periodically.

Let the sanding block follow the taper of the heel and it will maintain that taper but narrow the width.

Fret ends have not been an issue on the few I have done. The only catch is having to refinish the areas that have been sanded, but to me, a minor bit of extra work. (I have been able to blend the old & new finish (poly) successfully also)

If you have an otherwise perfectly good neck (especially a gifted one) it's worth all the little extra time it takes to make it fit perfectly.

Just another man's opinion...


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Aug 28th, 2018 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good stuff there!

Leftee
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Aug 28th, 2018 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Rocky,

You should give this a try. You’re not going to offend that neck. (-:

LeftyMeister
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Aug 28th, 2018 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll give it some thought. I called Warmoth today and they said the narrowed pocket is probably due to swelling from the high humidity lately.

"Keep the tuners. They’re nice’uns."

Tuners? I never got any tuners. :o(

Leftee
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Aug 28th, 2018 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I didn’t send tuners? Maybe in a box?

When we get old, our memory is the second thing to go.

I forget what the first thing is.

LeftyMeister
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Aug 28th, 2018 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

There was a box with an old bridge, control plate, and some handmade pickguards but no tuners. That's okay! It's the thought that counts. :o)



Mick Reid
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Aug 28th, 2018 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just had a second look at the measurements you posted above (the hundredths through me off a bit ;^)

The neck heel would need to come 1n 1/16 inch (1.58mm) which is completely doable imo.

Also, in your case with the swelling of the pocket, Just a touch of sanding the sides wouldn't hurt.
Better to have it a little loose the too tight, but you probably know this anyway...


LeftyMeister
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Aug 28th, 2018 04:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks! I'll give 'er the ol' college try.

LeftyMeister
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Sep 15th, 2018 06:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm realizing this guitar might be months in the making. I'm buying parts as I can save up the money or sell stuff (we have the money but I don't want to cut into our emergency fund), and my bike is down so it needs some TLC.

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Sep 15th, 2018 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

It will be all the sweeter when it’s done. (-:

Mick Reid
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Sep 15th, 2018 04:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I'm realizing this guitar might be months in the making."

I hear ya. My current project seems to be dragging on forrrrrr-everrrrrr as well. Strangely I'm ok with it.

I anticipate final assembly to be in 10-14 days. Guess we'll see what the universe's schedule says ;^)

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Sep 15th, 2018 04:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I really thought I was going to get one assembled this weekend. Nope! Not gonna happen.

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