Should I be worried about this neck pocket fit?

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  1. TomH8

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    IMG_2005.JPG IMG_2006.JPG IMG_2007.JPG ive had this for 6 months now (83, 62 ri) Its become my number one fast. It plays amazing so I'm not worried about it currently. But I actually recently noticed how much space there is on the bass side of the pocket. Can easily fit a pick in it. Is this anything to worry about? Should I shim it or something? Or leave it be.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it, the neck alignment might be off though...hard to tell...

    Can you take a photo of the strings passing over the 15-17-19th frets straight down looking at it, to check that the dots pass directly between the D and G strings and the high E and low E are the same distance to fretboard edge?

    I think that might be out....

    I'm also sure that the gap will change with the seasons, less of a gap in summer humidity....

    @TomH8
     
  3. Londonbus

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    A shim certainly wouldn't hurt.... Keeps everything lined up where it's supposed to be.

    I've owned worse, FWIW. Nothing to necessarily "worry about".
     
  4. TomH8

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    If the neck is tight and it plays great leave it alone. There are more important things to worry about.
     
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    Alignment looks great! The first pics were an optical illusion...
     
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    Yeah that's what I was thinking. For now at least. Thanks
     
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    This is my advice. Good to a guitar store that has some Fenders from the 1970s. Look at the price tags, then the size of the gaps round the neck pockets. Play a few and realize they still play well after all these years, even with a 3-bolt neck.

    I promise you, you'll never worry about the neck pocket of your guitar again. ;)
     
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    Those flat frets would be my concern, but hopefully that's an illusion, too!

    Don't worry about the neck pocket.
     
  10. TomH8

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    Haha that's great, thanks.
     
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    This place made me paranoid about my 79 neck gap so I filled it, it was special without the filler still is.
    Carry on regardless. :thumb:
     
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    wont loose your picks anymore
     
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    Looks ok to me
     
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    Must be a great player.
    It seems they did not do the vintage correct spacing of the dots on the 12th fret for those 62RIs back in the 80s then.
     
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    No they didn't correct the spacing until 98
     
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    When it's put together, if it plays right, meaning you have no problems with tuning, action, fret buzz, intonation and it's solid with no movement in the neck . Play the thing and stop worrying about it. All is good.
     
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    Does it play good?
    Do you feel any movement in the neck?
    Hear any creaking?

    Yes, no and no?

    Then stop worrying and learn to love the guitar.
     
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    As a woodworker and finisher, I cringe at the sight of it.

    As a guy that has played and worked on guitars for decades, it is not even on the radar.

    No problem as far as the instruments ability. What it needs is new strings and more play time ! :)
     
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    If it stays in tune then the gap isn't an issue. If you had, had poor string alignment, then a slightly oversized neck pocket means you can easily correct it by moving the neck position to bring the strings into line.