Neck pocket?

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  1. TheStatistor

    TheStatistor Strat-Talk Member

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    Technical question:

    The neck pocket in the strat specs are supposed to be 0.625" or 5/8. But when I fit that to my neck it looks like its only partially in.

    Is my neck thicker than standard, or is it supposed to be like that? Is the fingerboard not supposed to be flush with the body? There is almost exactly a quarter inch gap between the fingerboard and the body.

    Can anyone post a closeup of the base of the neck from the upper front of a stratocaster, preferably with the pickguard removed?
     

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    Usually there is just enough room to fit a 3 ply guard, comfortably, under the end of the fretboard.

    That gap looks a little more than that. The amount of neck showing above the body looks a bit more than that on my strats or teles but not a whole bunch more.

    Is the neck a strat neck? What about the body?
     
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    Chmason85 Strat-Talker

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    That doesn’t look like a strat neck or body. It looks a little high though, fwiw.
     
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    It's not, it's a build he's doing with a laser
     
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    I'm gonna go with a shrug on this one.
     
  7. TheStatistor

    TheStatistor Strat-Talk Member

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    The pocket is 5/8. The neck is a cheap knockoff that said "ST style".

    The pocket cross section is an exact match to the stratocaster template specification. It fits snugly, within 10 mils easily.
     
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    Consulting the stratocaster original schematics it is indeed a 1/8" too thick. Luckily the sheet directly below the pocket is one of the two 1/8" sheets so I can fix it by simply cutting out the pocket by hand on that one sheet.
     
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    Looks high to me
     
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    Tele like it is Left is right!

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    The difference seems to be that you have no p/g on it, and a flat sanded body top. If you slapped a p/g on it that "extra" height would disappear...
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    What is your neck thickness at the center of the radius?
    It should be 1" or 25.4mm, not including the frets.

    Yours honestly looks fine since there's no pickguard. Compare to Bob's picture and mentally add another 1/8" to allow for his pickguard. Maybe a smidge high, but probably within tolerance.
     
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    Total thickness looked like 28.5mm. Eighth of an inch too thick.

    Cutting down another eighth of an inch helped. Now the bridge can actually reach above the bottom fret.