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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar

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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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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Shaped, 1 degree

Shaped, 1 degree

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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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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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3.0

Neck shim, not neck shims.  Read fine print.

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Precise measurement. Too expensive.

5.0

StewMac Neck shims!

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Fastest and most accurate way to solve high action on a neck that otherwise can’t be remedied through Truss rod, and bridge or saddle adjustments. These shims are the best!

5.0

Perfectly cut shims

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Verified Buyer


These are perfectly cut shims but I did have to fit the holes.

Rather than drill, since the shim is so fragile I just screwed through it. Didn’t seem to make a difference especially when I took the neck off to make sure there was no debris to change the angle.

5.0

These shims are a blessing

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Verified Buyer


I recently purchased a tele body and neck from W. Top quality stuff, but the neck sat in the pocket and with large/tall frets I was getting serious fret buzz. I struggled with set up for about a week and decided the neck had to come forward. Used the .05 shim in reverse fashion to move the headstock forward rather than backward, viola!! Perfect set up with perfect action up and down the neck. Just a consideration -- these can be used for multiple scenarios. thumbs up!

5.0

Excellent!

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Verified Buyer


Very good quality

5.0

Easy

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Verified Buyer


I am in a situation right now that I do not have my tools with me. I needed to shim the neck of my strat build so I could raise the saddles to keep my hand from being bothered by the height adjustment screws. The 1mm worked perfectly, fit perfectly and was so fast to install. I recommend these shins wholeheartedly.

5.0

A great idea that works great!

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Verified Buyer


A excellent way to solve a problem, but beware. The thin wood splits easily if manhandled. Use sharp tools and light pressure.
The shim was perfect for my application. A Peavey Falcon I rescued from a trash pile needed just a little bit.
Now if I can get a bit more fret buzz out of this 'ol heap.

5.0

Great alternative to putting tilt neck hardware on your guitar

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I put a Bigsby on my Fender Telecaster and needed to tilt the neck.

3.0

.50 too much

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Verified Buyer


The .50 shim is way more than needed for my purpose: Fender telecaster that had the high E saddle side all the way down; action still a bit high. Useable, but not ideal. With the StewMac .50 shim that I installed today, I had to raise the three saddles a huge amount. Now the intonation screws are angled up, look like little cannons. The action is now better for sure. But I don't like the look of that. Also, if you were to pick right at the end of the strings, you would very likely hit one of those screws. Damn, I ordered 3 of these! Oops. Maybe better suited for a bigsby tele. I have such a beast & will try one on there. Product quality seems fine. Three star rating is for the scant info about how much effect the different sizes would achieve.

5.0

Perfect fix for bottomed out saddle problem.

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I've made these in the past, but they were sort of by guess and by golly in terms of pitch adjustment. After 5 years, both E string saddles on my favorite partocaster had bottomed out due to subtle changes in the neck pocket / neck alignment. The 0.25 degree shim raised the heel end of the neck just enough so the bottom of the E saddles are 4/64" (high E) and 5/64" above the bridge plate, with my favorite action dialed in, and the tone seems better, too.

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