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neck pocket sizing

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by abarson, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I'm putting together a parts P-bass, just to have for random abuse. :D
    The neck heel width is 2-7/16", which Allparts states as standard.
    The pocket width is 2-1/2", which Warmoth states as standard.
    The subsequent 1/16" gap means that there's no friction to hold the two pieces together. Do I
    1. A. Use veneer to reduce the pocket size
    2. B. Use veneer to increase heel width
    3. C. Bolt it up and don't worry about it

    I thought that with Fender setting the standard all third party vendors would be adhering to the same measurements.
  2. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    I don't think I'd stress over a 1/16", center the neck in the body and the difference is split to 1/32".

    It is a bummer that the Allparts neck can't be to Fenders specs though there's probably some awesome reason for the tolerance difference.
  3. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Alright, as TB is a highly opinionated forum, I can't be placated with a single response!!!

    Everyone likes showing off how tight their neck/body joins are without screws, so this is what makes me think I need to somehow follow suit.
  4. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Veneer each side of the pocket, sand the veneers to perfet, place neck. Tiight fit, stays on center

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