Attaching Guitar Body to Neck??

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Forum topic by SapeleSteve posted 10-20-2011 02:41 AM 1128 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2011 02:41 AM

Hi All: I am making a Guitar & getting ready to attach the neck to the body. It’s customary to simple use screws to accomplish this. However, I have seen the use of threaded inserts that can be embedded into the neck with the use of allen type screws through the body. Is anyone familiar with this type of joinery? If so, where can I purchase this type of bolting system? I have already done a Google search with no real results. Any & all info appreciated…...Thanks


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#1 posted 10-20-2011 04:35 AM

Acoustic guitar, steel string? It’s called a bolt-on neck. You can get a kit
from LMI or Stewart Mcdonald’s but there’s really nothing special about
threaded inserts and allen screws. Just make sure you draw it out carefully
so you don’t remove any more material from the heel than necessary to
hold the inserts. I recommend mortising the body and tenoning the neck
and using the bolts and inserts to pull the joint tight.

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 09:48 AM

I use T-nuts covered by large turned pieces of maple and bolt the neck to the body. No loose necks for me, easy on off even though the process takes a bit longer than putting in 4 screws.

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 04:21 PM

Loren: I am making an Electric Fender Bass Guitar, not acoustic. I contacted both LMII & StewMac & neither of those places carry or have the parts that I am interested in. I guess they only use the typical screw attachments.

Wingate: I am not sure of the process that you are describing? Can you shoot me an email with more details? Where can I purchase the appropriate nuts & bolts?

Thanks, Steve

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