). Secondarily, the wood your body or neck is made of might have expanded or contracted as it adjusted to your local temperature and humidity, altering the original size of the pilot-holes. I also like to add a little candle wax from my wife’s smell good candles to the threads! Snake Head Neck Custom Build Select options; OEM Neck Custom Build Select options; MKW Neck Custom Build Select options; 7 String Neck Custom Build OEM Neck Custom Build I always use my caliper to measure both the screw and the bit. This is the center core that runs the length of the screw within the threads. If the tip is getting worn it can cam out in the softer screw head. (You must log in or sign up to reply here. http://www.stewmac.com/tradesecrets...m_medium=email&utm_campaign=ts0031&clk=119011, Okay, I Admit it, I Don't Get Bill Frissell. Because a Set-In Neck is glued into the pocket of the body instead of bolted (more on that in this blog post), we are unable to pre-drill these holes for you & thus you will need to manually determine where to drill these bridge & tailpiece holes once the neck is set. My Account Great. I got the body and neck and they are gorgeous! One such step, often skipped by the impatient or the inexperienced, is properly drilling the guide-holes for all the wood-screws that must be used. Most of the big manufacturers don’t do this because it takes too many manhours. Have the neck mounting screws before drilling the neck. I have a small dremmel tool that I use with a cutoff disk. The only reason one of six would break under the same torque is that it was defective. Set-In Neck guitars are known to be a more difficult build for this very reason. Just plug the neck holes with dowels & wood glue. You can go here to read it and you can subscribe for free -, Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion. As tempting as it can be to rush or cut corners, the most successful builds ultimately go to those with the patience to take all the necessary steps, no matter how tedious. Manufacturing tolerances on hardware vary, and pieces like bridge studs and tuner bushings should always be measured and compared to the actual size of the guide-hole. Mark this depth by wrapping a small piece of masking tape around the bit. Now the drill wouldn’t wander as I made the pilot hole. Excellent write up. I had learned a lot of this stuff intuitively through experience, but it’s nice to see some of the theory behind it. One last thing:  never trust a manufacturer’s pre-drilled guide-holes. Stop. For guide-holes that will be repeated multiple times, like tuner mounting screws, always drill one and test to make sure it’s right before drilling the rest. Because the purpose of the neck screws is to draw the neck and the body together, clearance-holes are drilled in the body. Then fit the neck in the neck pocket and mark & drill the new neck holes in a drill press (or clamp the neck and body together and drill the neck holes with a hand drill using the body holes as a guide to keep the drill bit straight). This just happened to me. The bushings that screw on over the string posts will hold the tuners in place while we determine where to drill for mounting screws. Most of the guide-holes you will be required to drill when assembling a guitar are pilot-holes, for all of the various screw-mounted hardware; things like tuners, string trees, strap buttons, control plates, output jacks, and pickup rings. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. stewmac.com and read the free tutorials section. Nice article about build fundamentals, which actually apply to any sort of woodworking project – not just guitars. Fixing a Hole . I can promise you that on any new guitar, from any company, will have a few screw problems. It’s also important to use a proper sized hand screw driver. Supporting Members list unlimited gear with no listing fees in the Classifieds, get instant Keyword Alerts, and get Free Shipping at the TalkBass Store. Lay the bit alongside the top block and align it with the line on the block ......... drill. Without a pilot-hole, this pressure puts the wood at risk of splitting or cracking, usually along the grain lines. This action cleans the threads of swarf. It should mount right up if they are both fender, or licensed by same. Even after you have become proficient with drilling guide-holes, it never hurts to take a practice swing or two before stepping up to the plate. I agree, the supplied screws are sub-standard. sorry to be stubborn, but why shouldn't i redrill the body when it is clearly the body that doesn't match up to standard specs. When it reaches the surface of the wood, your hole is the correct depth. Nice trick. As always, pay attention to how much resistance you feel as you drive the screw into the wood. I assumed it would be an easy install for him, but apparently the screws on his neck were slightly larger diameter. OK I just made a warranty claim on a broken string.... New Gibson 2020 Les Paul Standard... Counter-sunk strap button. Some woods are soft and forgiving, while others are hard and brittle. a. I repair screwholes on new guitars all the time. Now with a proper pilot hole, screw this into the hole and it cuts treads for your finish screws. I use these screws on hard woods mostly. 2.2.1 Drilling Mounting Holes in the Neck 1. Thanks. A properly drilled pilot-hole should be the same diameter as a screw’s “root” or “minor” diameter. He called yesterday and informed me he had cracked the neck installing them. We will gladly drill 4 mounting holes in the neck you choose. But the screw is so tiny and the soft wood easily damaged, I’m afraid to do anything. The only thing is you either need a 22 fret neck with an overhang, or you need to make a custom pickguard to hide the open corners. Below: Test holes are outside of the main shape for testing purposes. (ps im leaning towards drilling the neck to match the body if i get hold of a undrilled neck). Twisting a head off a screw is one of the worst problems ever. I then proceeded as explained above. Gold Supporters see zero ads! Obsessed? I looked at it from several different angles before I lightly tapped the dent. Drill the holes in the neck with a 1/8” drill bit. Then fit the neck in the neck pocket and mark & drill the new neck holes in a drill press (or clamp the neck and body together and drill the neck holes with a hand drill using the body holes as a guide to keep the drill bit straight). Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! Us private luthers can do this and that’s what makes our guitars better than the big guys’ guitars. If you feel too much, stop and reassess the pilot-hole size. For proper bite, the pilot-hole you drill must be smaller than this. that way, the neck could later be swapped onto a nicer body without any trouble. Copyright 1994-2019 Musikraft LLC. Place the neck in the pocket (…you should be able to fit the neck in the neck pocket by hand). Building a well-crafted electric guitar or bass requires patience. The Golden Age of the Whammy Bar: 1969 – 1989, http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Routers_and_Bits/Bits/Guitar_Screw_Rescue_Kit.html, Married Man’s Guide to Buying Without Lying. I have looked everywhere for an answer to that one as I wasn’t sure if the body needed clearance holes or not. Second question: What's the best way to take the tip of a vibrato bar? This happens because the screw tightens into the first piece of wood before it has tightened into the second. Because a Set-In Neck is glued into the pocket of the body instead of bolted (more on that in this blog post), we are unable to pre-drill these holes for you & thus you will need to manually determine where to drill these bridge & tailpiece holes once the neck is set. Should I attempt this with a regular drill or should I bring it to the pros? They allow the screws to pass through the body and pull the neck up against it as they are tightened. Bar soap also works well and neither of these makes a mess like oil or graphite can. I wanted to install the tuners in a way that gave a professional look that I could be proud of. When they are, put a mark through the body side of the neck mounting holes onto the neck. If you go slow and do a good job you will end up with a neck that you are proud of. JW Guitars here. I’ve done it on a few and not on others. It is also important to know the screw’s “thread” or “major” diameter size, or the outermost diameter of the threads.