StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar

StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar

StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Shaped, 0.25 degree

Shaped, 0.25 degree

Item # 2135-025
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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Shaped, 0.50 degree

Shaped, 0.50 degree

Item # 2135-050
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$7.59

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Shaped, 1 degree

Shaped, 1 degree

Item # 2135-100
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$7.59

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Blank, 0.25 degree

Blank, 0.25 degree

Item # 2130-025
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$8.03

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Blank, 0.50 degree

Blank, 0.50 degree

Item # 2130-050
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$8.10

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Blank, 1 degree

Blank, 1 degree

Item # 2130-100
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$8.10

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar, Shaped, Set of 3

Shaped, Set of 3

Item # 2135
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$22.77

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar, Blank, Set of 3

Blank, Set of 3

Item # 2130
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$24.23

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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 Guitar

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 guitars with a Tune-o-matic bridge or Floyd Rose.

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: 2-3/16" x 3" (55.56mm x 76.12mm)
Blank: 2-1/4" x 3" (57.15mm x 76.12mm)

Shaped shims fit most neck pockets with a rounded heel. You can trim along the lasered line to fit the shim to a pocket with a flat heel, like a Tele.

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 guitar neck.


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5.0
  • 4.73 average rating from 230 reviews
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4.0

Gotta have 'em.

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Verified Buyer


Never know when they might be handy, so, I bit the bullet when they were on sale and bought a selection. I understand the labor intensive process of making such exact shimmage, but these darn things are more expensive than gold. Hope I have what I need for a couple projects because, if not, it's back to the matchbooks for me.

3.0

stermac shim

By

Verified Buyer


I bought this product to shim my tele.The shim worked great.I went with the .25 shim any more would have been overkill.The reason for the 3 stars was for the outragous shipping cost of this product!

5.0

Exactly what I needed

By

Verified Buyer


This is the ideal shim. It is hardwood and fills the entire pocket for maximum contact between neck and body so it is stable and preserves sustain. I had to guess which shim to use but I took StewMac's recommendation of a .5 degree shim for a Strat and it worked out perfectly. Here is a tip: the shim was very slightly oversize for the pocket. I found that a pair of scissors worked just fine to trim it to an exact fit. Easy breezy.

5.0

The Champion Of Bad Joints!!!!

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Verified Buyer


Super Product.

I repair a bunch of guitars.(Gibson to First Act)
This shim is a life/guitar saver.

Joe
Arkansas

5.0

With some reshaping, these do the job even for decreasing angle

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Verified Buyer


I personally would love to see these made in a sort of "reverse mode" for decreasing neck angle, however I was very much able to use it in reverse I just had to order a higher angle than I would have (.5 instead of.25) and sand quite a bit of the thicker edge off, and reshape the sides to not stick out towards the headstock end of the heel. Someone gave a 2 star review saying they could not be used for this, I do not agree. It still works well and covers MOST of the neck pocket, just not all of the pocket and you have to sand for about 10 minutes, that's it. A "reverse" shim would be more ideal, and it would be great if Stewmac started offering this, but not completely necessary. I also have heard several people claiming they are flimsy. I had 1 shim total shipped to me (thats all I needed), it did not break or get bent, and it took several minutes to sand down less than a mm of wood. I'd say they are plenty strong for how thick they are.

5.0

The perfect solution for a far too common problem.

By

Verified Buyer


One or the problems with "standards" is that there will always be that "standard deviation" gremlin.
Add up all the possible deviations and you have a problem. These shims are a little pricey for a
simple shaped piece of wood - but are priceless for what they accomplish. Get your action
perfectly configured. I would also like to point out that these shims can be reversed if your
deviations are on the wrong side of negative incline. As I have read in one other comment.
You may have to add positive incline to your neck. You can even use two of the same value
reversed to each other to simply raise the neck in the pocket.

5.0

Helped achieve the goal

By

Verified Buyer


My Jazzmaster was buzzing at the bridge due to a lack of tension on the strings. I contemplated purchasing the aftermarket buzz stop contraption, but decided to try a neck shim. Well I have to say that the shim was the correct choice. Not only did I increase the tension on the strings and stop the buzzing, but the tone is so much more pleasant! The next step may be to angle the neck pocket to eliminate the shim, but I am not sure that I want to tackle that job. Overall the shim did the trick and it fits like a glove!

5.0

neck shims

By

Verified Buyer


These made neck adjustments a breeze time wise and from a quality of fit perspective. Enables you to focus on what's important: getting the setup right instead of trying to shave wood impossibly thin. pricey but worth it.

5.0

If you're going to move your neck....

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Verified Buyer


When you consider what these are and how they fit solidly into the cavity of the neck, it maybe even worth will to use these shims before you use other adjustment afforded.... They do a very good job of adding tilt....

5.0

Good for many things "slanted"

By

Verified Buyer


Would like to have all blanks available in 6" lengths for other applications

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