Drilling neck/pickguard holes.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bazzanderson, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    (drilling). I guess it's up to you and what risks you are willing to take. I'm no luthier but if I were drilling the neck holes (my neck came predrilled because it was a used Warmoth neck) I'd probably go ahead and use a hand drill. As far as pickguard holes...I'd use a hand drill on those as well. (I could be completely off here but that's what I'd do.) I used a hand drill on the strap buttons (don't think you can use a press on those) and had no problems whatsoever. If you're not comfortable doing it...I strongly suggest taking it to a Luthier and having him/her do it.
  2. I'm not sure what the original message was( it didn't show up when I opened the thread), but you really don't want to drill the neck without using a drill press. It's very easy to drill offcenter or at an angle by hand- either way your going to have a tough time bolting the neck to the body because the holes aren't going to line up with the ones on the body.

    As far as the pickguard try this: use a marker(sharpie markers are best on plastic)the exact location where the holes are to go. using a small nail, gently tap the nail in the center of the mark on the pg. This gives the drill bit something to bite into so it doesn't drift off center. Then drill away! Pickguards are so thin I wouldn't worry about the hole being at a slight angle.

    Hope this helps.