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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

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Shaped, 0.50 degree

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Item # 2135-050
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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar 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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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Blank, 0.50 degree

Blank, 0.50 degree

Item # 2130-050
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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Blank, 1 degree

Blank, 1 degree

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar, Shaped, Set of 3

Shaped, Set of 3

Item # 2135
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$21.90

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar, Blank, Set of 3

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StewMac Neck Shim Shop Set of 12

StewMac Neck Shim Shop Set of 12

Item # 2141
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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

Shimmy bop

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Verified Buyer


Before I had these shims there was a pick in the neck pocket which eventually left it's indentation in the neck, reducing it's effectiveness & messing up the neck. These fit perfectly and work great, I can feel the increased sustain and I'm sure the tone is better too.

5.0

The right thing for the job

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Verified Buyer


It's a good shim for shimming a neck.

5.0

Need pre-shaped shims - backwards

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These shims work great when the saddles are bottomed out, and the action is still too high.

I had the opposite situation recently. The Tele saddles were teetering at the top their adjustment screws, and the strings were still touching the frets. Even if the action had been OK, I don't like the saddles so high off the body.

I could have flipped a blank shim, so the thick part was towards the headstock. As it happened, I only had the pre-shaped shims on hand, thinking I'd save installation time. The shim fit just fine, but the holes weren't quite right.

If the holes on the pre-shaped shims were slightly elongated, they could be used in either direction without messing around in the shop. It wasn't that easy to do, without splitting the shim.

5.0

Great Fender Setup

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Verified Buyer


Perfect set Up

5.0

Just what I needed!

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Verified Buyer


I bought this to shim a non Fender neck. I had to modify it slightly but it worked perfectly. Handy as can be!

5.0

Neck Shims

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Verified Buyer


This item certainly lives up to the hype given about it by StewMac. Much better than the tablet back shims I've made and used before. I was put off by the price to begin with --- but what an overall value. I could never make them this precise and even though my time isn't worth much, it is still time better spent on something else. I am going to order a few more assortment packs just to have them handy when needed.

5.0

angled shims work, but flat shim was needed too.

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Verified Buyer


As most armature and pro luthiers know, these shims create a neck tilt back that brings string height up at the bridge. Just the cure for a guitar with high action, but with a bridge already adjusted to the lowest level.
I had a guitar that didn't really need more neck angle. however, the neck pocket had been cut so deep that the strings were simply too close to the body .I just wanted more space between the strings and the top of the guitar. The action was fine, but the strings were so close to the pickguard that the pickups had to be lowered almost below the surface of the pickguard. No space to pick, or dig into the strings. I tried the largest 1 degree shim first. That was too much neck angle. Bridge could not go high enough to get the strings off the neck and not buzz.
Next I tried the .5 degree shim. That was just right to get good low action without buzzing, but the space between the bottom of the strings and the top of the guitar was still insufficient. Although there was more string height at the bridge, there was still too little near the neck.
Ultimately, I glued up about 5-6 layers of some maple wood veneer, and cut it to shape, (using the Stew Mac angled shim as a template), to create an additional flat shim to put in the neck pocket to raise the string height all across the top of the guitar. When I added the .5 shim to my flat shim, the bridge could not adjust up enough to get the strings off the fretboard.
As it turned out, by adding the .25 degree shim, on top of my flat shim, I got the string height across the top of the guitar that I wanted, yet the bridge could be adjusted within its range to get the action on the fretboard just right.

Thank you Stew-Mac for having these wonderful shims, and the .25 degree shim saved the day, but couldn't you also make flat shims of differing heights to solve this problem, or better yet, some shims with a set-back degree cut, but also some additional gauged thicknes to add string height and additional neck set angle??

5.0

Perfect solution

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Verified Buyer


Over the years I've seen just about everything used as a neck shim. These neck shims let you adjust neck angle without compromising neck to body contact.

5.0

Just What I Needed

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Verified Buyer


I had been using small strips of brass or aluminum under the heel (not full contact!) for over a decade and I am extremely happy with my result.
I started with the 0.25 degree and thought I may be able to squeeze more out and so I put the 0.5 degree in but it was too much. It's so incredibly nice that I can just buy a Maple shim like this... Oh! I was being a Klutz and accidentally snapped one (on the thin side) the thin side is truly paper thin in case you were wondering. overall 10/10

5.0

Worked great

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Verified Buyer


I bought this for my 57 stratocaster as my bridge was as high as possible so I needed to lower the neck. So had to use shim opposite but it worked. Better than a pick I must say. Kirk

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