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Stripped out neck screw holes on Jazz bass body

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Sparker, Jan 1, 2018.


  1. Sparker

    Sparker

    Jan 13, 2010
    Hey I just picked up a used jazz bass body (probably a Squier body) off of craigslist with the intentions of installing my MIM jazz neck. To my surprise all of the the body screw holes were stripped out. I went ahead and installed the neck. The screw threads on the neck are holding everything together. My question is should I go ahead a dowel the stripped out screw holes on the body or should this be ok?

    Thanks!
     
  2. The neck screws should pass through the body with out threading into it. They should only thread into the neck. Unless the holes in the body are completely wallowed out and the screws are flopping around in there, don’t worry about it.
     
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    This.
     
  4. CGremlin

    CGremlin Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    What Matt said, but I think I'd go one step further and drill the neck for metal inserts, then use machine screws to bolt it onto the body.
     
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  5. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Open body holes allow fo 100% of the screw clamp force to be exerted directly on the neck and result in the best possible contact of the neck and pocket floor.

    Threaded body holes should be drilled out immediately because you’ll never get good neck to body contact on reassembly. They are simply a cost saving measure at the factory where the neck is clamped to the body and screws set in one operation saving costs in time by having a separate operation to drill out the body before placing the neck. Mass production woes to the end users.
     
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  6. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    That is a good repair if a screw is stripped, by why go to that effort for holes that are serviceable. You are just adding more parts to a joint that ideally should have none; in a perfect world all instruments would be neck throughs and there would be no joint at all.
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2018
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  7. JLS

    JLS

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    "The screw threads on the neck are holding everything together."

    That's how that works...

    " Unless the holes in the body are completely wallowed out and the screws are flopping around in there, don’t worry about it."

    That would be better than what the OP is describing.
     
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  8. CGremlin

    CGremlin Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    So they don't ever become stripped. ;)
     
  9. Lownote38

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I have basses that are up to 50 years old and not one of them has ever had the neck screw holes become stripped. I've certainly taken the necks off of them a number of times as well.
     
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