Shim with metal vs. wood?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by JohnL, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. JohnL


    Sep 20, 2000
    Grayson, GA
    I recently bought a loaded jazz body for a project. It is great in every sense except one: the neck pocket was routed 3/16" deeper than a standard Fender pocket. I tried it with my neck without any shim, but it's way too low in the pocket. I figured I could just cut a piece of wood to fit in the bottom of the pocket and re-bolt the neck like that, but then I had a thought. Has anyone used brass or aluminum for this purpose, and would it give you any additional advantage regarding sustain? I can rout a wood peice to fit, and I have access to someone who could cut a metal insert as well, so ease or availability is not really an issue, although it would be much faster for me to form the wooden insert. I just wondered if anyone else had tried this, and if it would would affect the tone or sustain positively or negatively. Thanks in advance!
  2. gfried84

    gfried84 Guest Commercial User

    May 7, 2005
    Owner Fried Guitars Inc.
    I would use a nice piece of hardwood that is similar to the body but I can't say that metal would be bad. Give em both a try and see which one sounds better for you.