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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Shaped, 0.25 degree

Shaped, 0.25 degree

Item # 2131-025
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$9.10

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Shaped, 0.50 degree

Shaped, 0.50 degree

Item # 2131-050
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$9.16

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Shaped, 1 degree

Shaped, 1 degree

Item # 2131-100
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$9.16

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Blank, 0.25 degree

Blank, 0.25 degree

Item # 2132-025
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$9.12

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Blank, 0.50 degree

Blank, 0.50 degree

Item # 2132-050
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$9.18

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Blank, 1 degree

Blank, 1 degree

Item # 2132-100
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$9.18

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass, Shaped, Set of 3

Shaped, Set of 3

Item # 2131
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$27.42

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass, Blank, Set of 3

Blank, Set of 3

Item # 2132
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$27.48

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StewMac Neck Shim Shop Set of 12

StewMac Neck Shim Shop Set of 12

Item # 2141
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List Price $101.90
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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass

About This Item

Tapered maple shims used to change the angle of a bolt-on neck.

To change the angle of a bolt-on neck, players and repair shops have used shims for years. We've seen everything from matchbook covers to guitar picks stuck in neck joints.

Those kinds of shims create an unwanted gap under the heel of the neck: a dead air space where humidity condenses to swell the wood. As Dan Erlewine describes in his Guitar Player Repair Guide: "This gap may cause an upward kink in the neck. And many players feel they lose tone unless firm contact is maintained between the neck and the body."

Dan creates tapered shims that cover the entire heel of the neck—with these ready-made shims, that work is done for you. Attention, repair shops: making a quality shim takes time! Keep these on hand for a quick turnaround on this common repair.

"My Jazzmaster needed a better string break angle over the bridge. The 0.5-degree shim let me raise the bridge to the height I needed. And it fit the neck pocket perfectly."
—Erick Coleman, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor

Full contact and precisely tapered: we have 3 different degrees for changing the pitch of any bolt-on neck.
  • 0.25-degree shim offers the most versatility. Stacking them will let you really dial in the neck angle you're after.
  • 0.5-degree shim is the one you'll reach for most often. It works great on Fender and many other solidbodies.
  • 1-degree shim is great for basses with a post mounted bridge.

Taper specs (approximate)
0.25-degree shim tapers from 0.030" to 0.019" (0.76mm to 0.48mm)
0.5-degree shim tapers from 0.028" to 0.008" (0.71mm to 0.20mm)
1-degree shim tapers from 0.060" to 0.010" (1.52mm to 0.25mm)

Dimensions
Shaped: 2-1/2" x 3-7/8" (63.50mm x 98.43mm)
Blank: 2-3/4" x 3-7/8" (69.86mm x 98.43mm)

Shaped shims fit most neck pockets with a rounded heel.

Blank shims were designed for odd screw spacings, smaller neck pockets, and custom designs like the Fender Micro-Tilt™.

The Shop Set of 12 includes one each of every size, shape and taper:
3 shaped shims for guitar
3 shaped for bass
3 blank shims for guitar
3 blank shims for bass

Made of solid maple to match the neck.


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5.0

Very Helpful item to keep on hand

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Verified Buyer


For anyone who has had to perform the daunting task of properly shimmimg a bolt on neck knows the time it takes just to prepare a proper shim. This is why we find such interesting things like matchbooks and business cards being used for the job. Keep a few of these on hand and doing a great job every time becomes a piece of cake.

5.0

excellent!

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Verified Buyer


very helpful, very easy to fit, I will by them over and over again!

5.0

Peace of mind

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Verified Buyer


I own several vintage Fender basses and have been worried about the dreaded Fender ski jump. I checked and found a few had partial shims which I feel can lead to this problem, not to mention the lack of coupling which can arguable affect tone. The .25 worked perfectly in each case.

5.0

They work wonders on Strats. Why not a Squier Infinity P Bass?

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Verified Buyer


On some of the Asian import guitars and basses, an "OK" instrument can be made to play a lot better when they are set up right. These neck shims have been my secret weapon of choice when a lower priced pawn shop rescue shows up. The results are always good. Keep a few on hand. The time you save on a set up more than pays for the neck shims.

5.0

perfect for my problem

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Verified Buyer


I didn't thin 1 degree would have changed much on the neck. WRONG. I should have ordered the 1/2 degree. that would have been more enough to correct what i needed to correct. Stew MAc is a great company.

5.0

Fix your bass neck pitch, the right way!

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Verified Buyer


The Stewmac neck shims are fantastic! Perfectly made with little trimming necessary. These really did the job of setting the neck pitch on my Fender Jazz and I think it also improved the timbre of the bass!

5.0

Neck shim

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Verified Buyer


The shim fit my Fender Jazz Bass perfectly. I was able to get the action on the upper frets down where it is supposed to be. I plays WAY better.

5.0

Pricey, but works beautifully!

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Verified Buyer


I didn't put these in myself, so instead, had my local guy drill and cut them to fit (purchased blank ones). I bought two 1-degrees, and one .5 degree, thinking I'd need all three, because I originally had bottomed-out saddles with action that was quite a bit higher than I prefer, and thought I'd need a good bit of angle adjustment. Turned out that I only needed the .5, which drastically lowered my Peavey's action, with tons of room to spare on the saddles. My tech had it done in no time, and painted the edges black to make it look like it's not there.

I don't really think I can give a 4 (instead of a 5 rating), even with the shims being a tad short to reach the end of the neck joint, because just one shim still worked very smoothly. Best part, is that, yes, no real gaps to worry about causing a "kink" or "ski jump" over time. Luckily, my neck is as straight as an arrow, but still...nice insurance policy! These shims aren't cheap for what they physically are, but they fixed my action dilemma perfectly and professionally...in my opinion, worth the money.

5.0

Perfect

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Verified Buyer


I used the .25 shim on a strat that was put together from spare parts and the action was way too high. This shim corrected the issue and now the neck is true and plays like butter after a basic setup! The guitar really resonates now! I'm extremely happy and have purchased more just to have on hand.

5.0

Brilliant idea

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Verified Buyer


On my, Ibanez Mikro Bass, the bridge saddles were flat down to the bridge plate, and still the action was far too high. I fitted a .5 blank shim and was able to achieve a low, easy to play, action.
I was a bit careless when drilling the screw clearance holes, and split the shim length ways. However, I laid it in the neck recess and fitted the neck, all was OK.

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