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Building up a neck pocket

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by searchfunction, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. searchfunction

    searchfunction Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    I bought a bass from an e-bay "luthier" for cheap. After all is said and done, i need to either build up the neck pocket or recess the bridge to get a good string height. the bass came with a .180 shim in the neck. how do i do this? or what should i do?
  2. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    I'd buy a sheet of wood veneer and cut it to size. You can do multiple layers to get the height you want.
  3. Big B.

    Big B.

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Got any pics? For a Fender type bass I'd be more likely to add a piece to the neck pocket. On a more custom style bass I would be more likely to add a contrasting layer to the neck instead and sculpt it to look cool.
  4. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    If you have the facility to do so, you can angle one surface of the existing shim to give the neck some tiltback. But adding more shim as suggested by lowfreq is easier.
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  6. searchfunction

    searchfunction Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    I was just wondering, isn't .180 inch of shim a huge amount?
  7. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    Yeah, that's a lot. A little over 1/8", close to 5/32".

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