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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-10-2005, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Overtightening wood screws...

I'm new to doing my own guitar set-up, so of course I have tons of questions.

One that's been bothering me is how much to torque wood screws (neck screws, trem plate screws, pickguard screws, and nut screws on the new nuts that screw right into the neck). I have a habit of stripping wood screw holes, so I've been very careful about this on my brand new RG2570, but I'm not quite sure how tight (or loose) everything should be. What I do is tighten until snug, then give an extra 1/8 or 1/4 turn.

What are the signs that your screws are too tight/loose? What are the long term consequences?

Any interesting horror stories?
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Re: Overtightening wood screws...

Torque is pretty hard to translatie into written word. Some screws are critical to have tight [neck screws, nut screws], some that aren't critical but you still want snug to tight [tuners ferules], and some don't matter at all [any cover/pickguard screws]. Tight is tight enough to hold the piece in place, overtight risks stripping or in the case of nuts cracking the neck. You know when something is about to strip, where it should be feeling tight all of a sudden it doesn't feel like it's getting tighter, or turning to far at the same tension. Just use common sense and you should be fine.
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Re: Overtightening wood screws...

Using the correct size of screwdriver minimises the risk of stripping the head too.
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neck screws , pickguard screws , trem plate

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