Originally Posted by jscomposer
NOTHING ever goes right the first TWO times.
So I'm not out of the woods yet with my 5-string Warmoth build with Hipshot trem. Warmoth didn't angle the neck pocket like they were supposed to, even though I double checked with them when ordering. So I already used 1 shim that I pulled from a Jackson Dinky guitar that doesn't need it because the tune-o-matic bridge can go low enough. Definitely helped, but the 1st string is still a tad high even with the bridge posts screwed all the way down, and the saddle as low as possible. And the only reason the low B and low E are OK is because they're tapered. I know not all bass strings are tapered, so that could be a problem down the line.
Warmoth claims they did angle the neck pocket... 1/2 a degree. In hindsight, I'm wondering if that was a joke.
So should I use another shim, or see if Warmoth would angle the pocket properly? I can already see the tiny gap between the heel and the pocket, so I'm paranoid about adding another shim.
Do you have a square, micrometer, vernier caliper or regular caliper? Use one of these to check the angle. If it's not angled, do something about it. If it is, you should have been more specific about how much angle you wanted- 1/2 of a degree is approximately equal to squat.
Where did you put the shim, if you see a gap at the heel? If you tighten the heel screws first, you won't see a gap and it may be enough of a difference to make more angle unnecessary.
Removing 1/2 degree of material on a heel that's 3" long means they needed to take off about .0025", which is thinner than a human hair. You could stack three pieces of paper and triple this angle.
This question needs to be answered- how much angle do you think you need? Also, are the bridge saddles cut for each string?