Neck Attachment Question

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  1. Timm Gleason

    Timm Gleason New Member

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    First time builder with a hopefully not already answered question.

    Set up: Building a bass guitar from a kit, poplar body, maple neck.

    I have done a lot of work with plastic in the past and whenever I have to attach pieces together, I prefer to use machine screws and threaded inserts over wood screw threads directly into the material.
    That being said, does there seem to be a down side to putting threaded inserts into the heel of the neck and using machine screws over wood screws to connect to the body?

    Regards,
    Timm
     
  2. GuitarBuilder

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    No down side - it allows for much stronger attachment and easier multiple replacements.
     
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    Heretic Well-Known Member

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    I've done both, a number of times, and I have never felt as though it made much if a difference either way.

    If it makes you feel better, go for it.
     
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    I've been installing threaded inserts in necks almost exclusively now for about 10 years, and have found no downside. Depending on the guitar/neck combination, sometimes there's a subtle difference in sustain/articulation, but generally speaking it's not something you'd notice without a fairly short period between wood screw attachment and machine screw/insert attachment so your A/B comparison would be fresh in your mind.

    What it's more useful for is the ability to remove/install the neck repeatedly without deteriorating the mounting holes. Many of my customers are "partscaster"-type folks who like to experiment with mixing/matching parts or doing pickup upgrades, etc. so having a joint that maintains its strength is important.
     

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