1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TB Android app is working, you may need to uninstall/reinstall. The iPhone app is now updated and should work after you upgrade. TalkBass is responsive to any screen size, so we recommend using your mobile browser for full functionality.

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

Drilling a jazz neck to attach to the body

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bassguyky48, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. bassguyky48

    bassguyky48 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    Never done this..........prob very simple.........I just figured there are folks on here who know exactly how this should go....sooooooooo

    What size bit do I use? I'm thinking 1/8 or perhaps maybe a 3/32's?

    I don't want to split the wood.......it is maple.

    I also don't want to make the hole too big and not have a tight fit.

    thanks,
    Dave Lewis
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2010
    Likes Received:
    10
    The 1/8" bit is fine, just wax the screws before you install them. Get a clamp with rubber pads and clap the neck in the pocket, then drill the neck holes through the holes in the body. It's pretty simple
  3. Remus_Redbone

    Remus_Redbone

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    Likes Received:
    0
    I measure the diameter of the screw shaft with a dial caliper for all wood screw pilot holes (measure between the threads) and go with a bit slightly smaller than that diameter. That's toward the small side for the hole. Lots of folks do metal inserts with machine threads and use machine threaded neck screws. I've done that also, but there are literally hundreds of thousands of bases out there with wood screws holding the neck to the body with no problems. Wood screws are more forgiving of the accuracy of the hole location in the neck. Metal inserts (I'll specify steel inserts, you don't want brass inserts) require more precise hole location or the neck screw won't start in the machine threads.
  4. megafiddle

    megafiddle

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Likes Received:
    1
    Mark the correct depth on the drill bit with a strip of tape wrapped around the bit.
    So you don't drill straight through the fretboard.

    -
  5. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2012
    Likes Received:
    3
    With the neck in the desired position, I use a bit that is the diameter of the body's holes to mark the locations on the neck. Use a brad point bit and just kiss the neck with it. from there, I remove the neck and find the bit that is as near as possible to to the screw diameter, minus the thread. The actual size may vary, depending on the drill index at hand, but err to the side of too small. (You can always re-drill with a bigger bit) From there, I determine the required depth, add a touch, and then spike tape the drill bit, so I know when to stop. It's fairly straightforward, and easy enough to do with a cordless drill.
  6. bassguyky48

    bassguyky48 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2009
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks to all the above TBers. The information is very informative and much appreciated! I will follow your advice and reread your comments a couple of times just to let them sink in!!
  7. MrRubi04

    MrRubi04 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2011
    Likes Received:
    1
    All above is good advice, don't worry about splitting the wood - Maple is very hard, that's one reason it's used!
  8. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2006
    Likes Received:
    2
    Run a rubber band or a string through the nut, and the saddles on the outside edges to use as a straight line to make sure it's lined up good before you clamp it.
  9. dmusic148

    dmusic148

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Likes Received:
    11
    #10 screws? 1/8" drill.
  10. megafiddle

    megafiddle

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Likes Received:
    1
    Fender neck screws are #8.

    -
  11. dmusic148

    dmusic148

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Likes Received:
    11
    That's OK - 1/8" drill is recommended for #8, 9 and 10 screws in hardwood.
  12. megafiddle

    megafiddle

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Likes Received:
    1
    That's what I use also - 1/8"

    -
  13. mongo2

    mongo2

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Likes Received:
    3
    I use a 1/8" drill with a tape depth stop.

    I align the neck in the neck pocket and push a Phillips head screwdriver or drill bit through the body holes to mark the position of the screw holes then separate the neck and body and deepen the marks with the screwdriver. I use a hand-cranked drill to drill the holes. I turn the drill bit backwards several times to get the tip of the bit into the wood to prevent jumping out of the marks and make a clean hole with no tear-away before I turn the bit to start cutting .

Share This Page