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Template The template is approximately .015" oversize to allow for variations in neck width and finish thickness. Compare your neck's heel to the template, and measure the gap with feeler gauges. To rout a smaller neck pocket, reduce the template size by adding layers of masking tape. Check the fit of the neck within the taped template until it is snug.
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Guitar Neck Pocket Routing Templates are for routing the body cavity to accept a Fender-shaped guitar or bass bolt-on neck. Each sold separately. #2276 For …
Template V-2276. Getting a clean, good-fitting neck pocket for a bolt-on neck: Erick Coleman uses StewMac's Neck Pocket Routing Template for a bass he's building. A trick for getting a custom fit: Erick uses tape inside the template pocket. The StewMac template is …
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Erick Erick Coleman shows that the secret to a good neck joint is really knowing how to use a routing template. This is good how-to information for guitar-making t
Sanding The template must be flat to the body and DO NOT rock the router around as you route. The first body to neck joint was so good that (without finish or sanding) it held in very tight with no screws. After sanding and finishing, it fit like a glove (poly finish). Personally, I finished ALL surfaces. It is hard to not do that IMHO!
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Needs Making the Template Cut out a piece of Hardboard As mentioned earlier, aim for 12 x 10 inches, give or take. At least one of the long sides needs to be reasonably straight. At the middle of this edge is where the pocket needs to be cut. Mark and cut out the pocket Lay the neck to be fitted on the hardboard piece.
Jumbo I checked the pocket depth on the body and it was spot-on. Finally, I measured the neck thickness at the heel. Turns out it was 1/8" over spec. I suspected that I had found the problem. The thicker neck, combined with jumbo frets, made it impossible to get the action high enough to eliminate buzzes.
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Block The orange clamp is removed along with the neck. A wooden block is placed on the 3 in. line and attached with double stick tape. A hole is cut for the router bit. I stuck the small block down outside of the neck pocket area but this isn't necessary. Using a pattern bit I rout the pocket on the template. Here's the completed template.
Route Some folks route the body shape first and then do the neck pocket. Other keep the blank whole and route the neck pocket. The templates should have everything already in alignment. There are holes in it for the bridge. Get a set of transfer punches. They are not that expensive but very useful. I use them for all sorts of projects.
Neck This Neck Pocket Routing Template for Guitar is for routing the body cavity to accept a Fender-shaped guitar bolt-on neck. It has a radiused heel profile on one end, shaped for Stratocaster®, Jaguar®, Jazzmaster®, and Mustang® necks. The opposite end has a square heel for a Telecaster® neck. Thickness: 3/8" (9.53mm)
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Router Put the the router on the template and lower the bit until it touches the body surface and then lock it. The cutting depth can now be set by putting a shim of appropriate thickness under the depth stop. You can round off the neck end according to the radius of the router bit or you square up the corners of the neck pocket with a chisel.
Video This video is a new section of my upcoming full-build video that I've decided to release. It covers the routing of neck pockets using three distinct techniques: 1- Flat top, 0 angled, quick pocket
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S-Style A conversion neck allows you to turn a 25.5" (Fender) scale guitar into a 28.625" (28-5/8") scale length Baritone without modifying the body or moving the bridge. S-Style Neck Pocket Template Add an S-Style neck pocket to any build with this handy routing template. The center line makes alignment on your body blank easy, and the built-in
If the Fender neck pocket is 5/8″ deep and your neck is .750 under the overhang then you are good to go. If you put a .790 Fender neck in a 5/8″ pocket the height of the neck might be too high to adjust the saddles properly. Once again, you have to measure to know what will work and what you need. *** The Pocket Shim Solution! ***
To summarize before even getting started, Fender made the neck pockets of their guitars different sizes over the years. Now on to the details. We make Strat™ and Tele™ style necks. They are 25.5″ scale and 22 frets long, meaning they have a 22nd fret overhang.
Back in the day of 21 fret necks there was no overhang. Back in the day Fender did use a 5/8″ deep neck pocket but they don’t anymore and that is important, at least on current Teles and Strats since 1996, and maybe more from my measurements. But you can’t be sure every Fender model is the same.
So, if you order a .750 neck from Aperio or anybody else it will not fit a current American Tele or Strat that has an 11/16″ neck pocket without cutting off the pick guard! .0625 is not enough clearance for a pickguard to fit under the 22 fret overhang when the neck is in the pocket.