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Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
May 4th, 2017 04:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently got a Warmoth 24-3/4" conversion neck for one of my teles.

I ordered it unfinished and did it myself in lacquer.

Today was the day I was going to fit it to the body after installing the tuners. The plan was to get it fitted and set up, done & dusted...
Yeah, no.

When I got the body on the bench, the new neck was *way* too tight for the neck pocket. Dang it!

It never occurred to me to "dry fit" the neck before spraying it. So there in lies the lesson.

I know it's *usually* best practice to sand the neck pocket to fit the the heel, but in this case, the stock neck was a *perfect* drop-in so I didn't want to enlarge the pocket. (in case I ever return it to stock)

I then hand-sanded the heel of the Warmoth neck with a right-angle sanding block. It didn't take long to get it down to the perfect fit, but it ended up down to bare wood.

I masked it off and re-applied the finish. It's now curing out in the shed waiting to be united with the tele body.

I could have saved myself some time & extra work if I had just tried fitting the neck when I first got it.

Live & learn...

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
May 4th, 2017 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another variation on the eternal theme of "measure twice, cut once." ;-)

Hammond101
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May 4th, 2017 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is of course why I measure every component I use in an amp build or repair before it is installed. I found a brand new filter cap was shorted the hard one time.

We live and learn life's lessons by doing.

And don't feel badly. I have a co-worker who tells the story of removing a door to saw a bit off the bottom to clear some new carpeting. He marked it off, taped it to prevent splinter and did a nice smooth job cutting it. The only problem was he cut the wood off the top of the door not the bottom!

M Tracy
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Lafayette IN

May 4th, 2017 01:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Hey boss, I think the saws broke. I cut this board 3 times and it's still too short."

catnineblue

LA , Calif

I try my best
May 4th, 2017 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I built my first strat I got a left hand trem because it was on sale at a local shop not a mover.

I had the body cut out and sanded to the line and routed out the front for all what you route for then somehow placed the back trem block template for a right hand and then realized what I'd done. Then found enough left from a cut off to file and sand and shape it to fit. I was so pissed. Worst part is I had it marked and was in such a hurry to get the body done I missed it. I still have that guitar. I should have just left it and routed the other part and had a T shape since the spring cavity is on center.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
May 4th, 2017 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Another variation on the eternal theme of "measure twice, cut once." ;-)"

Huh. I never heard that one. (wink)

Yes, there was big ass-umption by me that, because it was a Warmoth product, there would be no fit issues.

I'm usually very methodical (even pedantic) about these things. Don't know what happened.

I guess one positive is it didn't upset me in the least. I just went about fixing it and moved on.
I must be maturing!


Leftee
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VA

May 4th, 2017 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Maturing???

What does that look like?

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