Strat neck swap - fill & redrill necessity?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by m-m-m, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. m-m-m

    m-m-m Member

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    My main strat is a 1995 MIM standard. It happens to be the first guitar I ever bought, and it's covered in stickers. I like the way it looks, but sometimes I want something that looks a bit more classy. There's a fender US '14 body on eBay that I'd really like to get. At some point down the road I might get a new neck to go with the new body but for the time being I was hoping I might be able to just take the neck off my '95mim and put it on the new body. I've done "fill and drills" before, but since this may only be a temporary arrangement I was hoping I could avoid it. What are my chances? Just trying to make an informed decision before I make a purchase. Which option in the poll do you think best applies?
     
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  2. Eagle1

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    USA and Mexico parts will interchange with no issues. Japan stuff is metric and while it is very close neck pockets tend to be a tad wider.
     
  3. m-m-m

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    Anybody else wanna chime in for me?
     
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    dayn Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    You won't know until the parts are in hand, but should bolt right on.
     
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    I agree with both points.
     
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    You got a real high percentage likelihood of a decent fit. Sometimes one or the other of the parts got hand sanded in some funny way, or Goodness knows what.

    You may wanna use your MIM 4 bolt neck plate to conceal the Microtilt (should your American body be a USA Standard, etc.) People loan out their partscaster and someone who doesn't know better tries out the Microtilt feature on a neck with no insert to deal with screw and it can burrow into and split the heel.
     
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    I appreciate all the votes and tips I got ... But in the end I ended up buying the whole guitar. One of those new sandblasted ash strats in crimson red transparent. It's my first US guitar! I'll post and link a NGD thread then in the next few days for anybody that may be interested.
     

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