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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Project Guitar-adding wood to neck pocket

Hi. I'm new to the group but have read great responses to posts for years. Thanks first of all for a great forum site!

I have a project guitar that I bought a new neck for. The neck is the perfect size in width but in thickness, its about an 1/8 of an inch too thin. So what I mean by that is, when the neck is mounted, the top-mount Floyd Rose unit has an additional 1/8" to the action - just making it unplayable because the action is seriously too high even with the Floyd down as low as it goes (The Floyd Rose, by the way is Top Mounted with no recess route - like the old Kramers).

The body has already been painted and I don't want to risk damaging the nice paint job by taking a router to it and recessing for the Floyd to get it lower and compensate for the 1/8" of height. But the thought of gluing a piece of wood into the neck pocket doesn't appeal to me either because (at least as folklore seems to say) this will effect the tone of the "joint" between the bolt-on neck and the neck pocket.

Is it considered "ok" to glue an 1/8" piece of wood into the neck pocket and risk a small loss in tonal transfer OR is it better to risk scarring the body and routine a Floyd Rose recess?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-17-2012, 04:38 PM
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Re: Project Guitar-adding wood to neck pocket

It's ok and is done all the time. You just need to use some care and make sure it fits correctly.
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