I agree with metalhead. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Science & equations have a funny way of not translating well to guitars. Came out great. × I ended up going with 3 pieces of the business card in one spot and it came out perfect for me. http://www.xs4all.nl/~msengers/download/neckshim.pdf. Factor in compression and you're thrown even further off. link above. From: I don't have any more guitars with bolt on necks, but when I did, I would often use guitar picks, you can get them in lots of different thicknesses and shapes, and I would ususally cut and shape the picks into shim stock as I nedded them. another good option is window screening, it also helps with grip. Or some 200 grit sand paper folded over. How much shim would you recommend to bring the action form 10/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret? If this is your first visit, be sure to Try some hang card stock. They come in very thin sheets and you can cut them with scissors to fit. The kind of dense paperboard used to package store goods. I think that's due to innacuracies in measurements. He said when he took the neck off he found a couple pieces of guitar pick jammed in their to act as a shim (Eddie's Floyds weren't recessed into the top of the guitar.) Where can I get paper thin shim material to shim the side of a neck pocket.I am going to put a Fender neck on a Teisco Tulip guitar and the neck pocket is wider then the fender pocket. Much better action and playability, and the bridge is less of a problem with the larger break angle of the strings over it.   Pasted as rich text.   Your link has been automatically embedded. I used strips of a business card too. At least, I can't seem to find any. Then, if I want to get the strings at the higher end of the neck lower, I place the shim at the body end of the neck pocket. you tell it like you're barefoot while you wear those hundred dollar shoes. Tech experts from Seymour Duncan are regularly on this forum, and are clearly labeled as employees of Seymour Duncan. Believe me when I say that some of the most amazing music in history was made on equipment that's not as good as what you own right now. Start with two thickness of playing cards and go from there. So, I'll have no shim material at the mouth of the pocket, and then move up, one, two, and finally three thickenesses of my shim material at the end of the neck. " One you get the hang of shimming with paper, then you might want to consider sanding a perfectly sized wedge of wood that creates a full contact patch. Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible. I worked at a custom guitar shop when I was in college, and we did tons of repair business. © 1995-2019 Harmony Central, Inc. All rights reserved. I am surprised that nobody seems to sell tapered neck shims in standard sizes. Ok, here is my situation. Paste as plain text instead, × I think that I will have to file the nut and shim the neck. By use of red oak veneer, you can easily make your own shims with a pair of scissors and a hole- punch. I am hoping that someone can help me find a premade one for purchase or direct me to someone who can cheeply make me one. × Clear editor. if it needs a thick shim (say to create and angle for a non-recessed floyd) your best bet is making a proper angled wood shim (if you don't want to do it the real right way and route the pocket on the correct angle). imHo shimming is a trial & error proposition. I have a neck that I might want to shim. All you do is cut a strip of card, loosen the strings, remove the neck with strings attached, place the card either at front of back of pocket (back to angle neck down) and then screw the neck back on. You also often need a lot less than you think....I often get away with 1 piece folded in half to give double thickness. Look into pocket rerouting (with a angle jig) for more extensive problems. I know Stew Mac sells acoustic guitar neck shims, but, they charge about $10 for the shims and about $10 for shipping them. The Shop Set of 12 includes one each of every size, shape and taper: 3 shaped shims for guitar 3 shaped for bass 3 blank shims for guitar 3 blank shims for bass Made of solid maple to match the guitar neck. a piece of a guitar string box in other words. They are here to help. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. I want half the distance between the strings and the fretboard. No more matchbooks or guitar picks distorting the neck pocket! If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. That would probably do it based on my trig calculations. If this joint is not 100% you're missing out big time. Are you, Mr. dancing Jesus? i've seen lots of things in neck pockets from cut up credit cards, business cards, razor blades, picks, coins, washers and i think that about covers the odd stuff. For all the strat & tele type bridges I shimmed for; a folded-in-half strip of Altoids tin has worked great...the first time. Pick Up/Drop Off; More Instruments; Shimming a Guitar Neck Pocket. I use solid brass sheets. The good news is: as long as you tilt the neck such that the bridge/saddles can be adjusted above or below what's perfect then you will be in range. Talk with your fellow tone freaks on the web's liveliest (and friendliest!)