Warmoth.com Amplified Parts darrenriley.com Guitar Pickups

Warmoth.com Amplified Parts darrenriley.com Guitar Pickups

Warmoth.com Amplified Parts darrenriley.com Guitar Pickups

Join Strat-Talk Today

How do I drill a 4 bolt strat replcement neck?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by barnartpro, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. barnartpro

    barnartpro New Member!

    Messages:
    5
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2010
    Location:
    CHARLESTON
    I have a new scalloped strat neck on the way and have never tried drilling one for install.any insight would be much appreciated.i am a fairly accomplished carpenter with plenty of tools.what are some dos and donts??Thanks.
     
  2. orcslayer

    orcslayer Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    1,500
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2008
    Location:
    Ajax, Canada
    Usually the neck comes pre-drilled to fit standard Strat hole spacing. However the neck holes may not fit your Strat exactly, escpecially if your guitar is one of the many Strat clones out there.

    I've had this problem, & solved it by buying some small dowels at a modeler's hobby shop which were the right size to fit Strat screw holes (take in a screw to compare). Glue them in & when dry cut off the dowels then sand flush.

    Position & CAREFULLY clamp your new neck in place taking care to line it up right. I installed the bass & treble E strings to use as guides, making sure they lined up properly down both sides of the neck. Then I clamped.

    A drill press is best if you have access to one, but I didn't, so I used a hand drill with a "bubble" guide in it's top to be as accurate as I could. Just drill very lightly through the holes on your new neck to mark the hole placements. Or you could use a sharp punch for the same purpose.

    Then check the depth you need to make the new holes & use a depth guage when drilling. A simple piece of masking tape taped around the drill bit at the proper depth will work.

    Good luck!
     
  3. dman

    dman Strat-O-Master

    Messages:
    766
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2009
    Location:
    Antioch, IL
    A couple of points I'd add...make sure the the screws slide through the mounting holes in the body; they should not bind or thread into these holes. If you don't want to waste two E strings, you can use monofilament fishing line or heavy thread to line up the neck. Finally, wax the screwthreads before installing.

    Orcslayer's post is right on the money...if you have further questions check Rob DiStefano's webpage, Frettech.com. He has a good tutorial on neck installation there.

    And welcome to Strat-Talk!!!
     
  4. Forum Sponsor Sponsored posting

  5. Razorc195

    Razorc195 Strat-Talker

    Messages:
    162
    Joined:
    May 19, 2009
    Location:
    Texas
    Here's another suggestio; if the neck has no pilot holes, align as suggested, and put the screws thru the body, as centered as best possible. Tap the screws to mark the neck hole positions. Drill as stright as possible. if no drill press available, have someone check to see if your holding the drill straight in two axis, and drill the pilot hole(smaller than the thread size). The body holes are bigger than the screws for allignment reasons.... the tape on the drill bit is what I use for depth....
     
  6. fenson

    fenson ----------------------

    Messages:
    6,562
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Location:
    Canada
  7. dman

    dman Strat-O-Master

    Messages:
    766
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2009
    Location:
    Antioch, IL
  8. barnartpro

    barnartpro New Member!

    Messages:
    5
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2010
    Location:
    CHARLESTON
    Thanks orcslayer

    Thanks for your response.I do have a drll press and the idea of using 2 strings as parallel lines for placement is just the kind of idea
    I was looking for.Just what is an orcslayer anyway???
     
  9. barnartpro

    barnartpro New Member!

    Messages:
    5
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2010
    Location:
    CHARLESTON
    thanks for the respose.I would not have thought to over size the neck pilot holes.also using 2 strings as guides is brilliant.thanks.
     
  10. barnartpro

    barnartpro New Member!

    Messages:
    5
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2010
    Location:
    CHARLESTON
    Excellent idea on marking neck holes.Thanks.Im loving this forum.
     
  11. faulcond

    faulcond New Member!

    Messages:
    1
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2012
    Location:
    Bristow, VA
    I'm in the process of rebuilding a "Strat" and the above suggesions are fantastic. However, I have one question re:
    "Position & CAREFULLY clamp your new neck in place taking care to line it up right. I installed the bass & treble E strings to use as guides, making sure they lined up properly down both sides of the neck. Then I clamped."
    What type of "clamp" is best and how did you protect the frets?
     
  12. DGW_Strat

    DGW_Strat Strat-Talker

    Messages:
    415
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2012
    Location:
    Maryland
    This is how I do it ...

    [​IMG]
     

Share This Page