Partsocaster question: Neck heel too big?

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  1. jiml

    jiml Silver Supporting Member

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    Got an Allparts SMNF-Fat and an older Fender CS replacement body for a partsocaster build. I "dry fit" the neck into the body today, and it fits nice and tight. BUT, it looks like the heel is a bit too tall, as the fretboard sits about 1/2" to 3/4" above the body. You can definately see 3/4's of the adjustment screw. I popped the pickguard on, and it covers it a little, but it still looks a bit too tall for me. I'm not sure if the bridge will raise the strings tall enough to play, I could only "eyeball" it when I put it in the body.

    Anyone have similar experiences? I don't want to mess with the pocket of the body, maybe I need to shave the heel a bit? I'm gonna snap some pix Monday, but any comments will be appreciated!
     
  2. Tone_Terrific

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    Something is out of spec. I'd take measurements and correct the offending piece, unless I wanted high strings, which I actually rather like:eek:
     
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    I had an Allparts Fat neck on my CS ('69 relic) strat body a couple months ago, and it lined up so well, I didn't have to touch the saddles compared to the original neck and setup. So something's off.
     
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    jiml Silver Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I like higher action too. I'm gonna take some measurements on Monday, all the parts are at work..
     
  5. Gasp100

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    That seems to be the "hidden" measurement that no one takes into account. On my partscaster the original neck was at least 1/8" taller than the replacement neck and everything was cranked way high at the bridge to get it playable, but it played pretty nice (for a medicore guitar).
    I popped in the replacement that was less tall and it fit well, but I couldn't get it to play well... weird. The original is back on and I'm selling it but saddles are cranked high again.
     
  6. Tone_Terrific

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    Shimming the neck pocket can correct some the symptoms (high or low saddles) but is not a cure.
     

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