Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender

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For guitars and basses. Accurate template for Fender and guitars with bolt-on necks.

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Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender

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For guitars and basses. Accurate template for Fender and guitars with bolt-on necks.

Dual-purpose: with patterns for both guitar and bass. Laser-cut acrylic with accurate centerline.

Use this template with our 1/2" Ball Bearing Router Bit to create a clean neck pocket for guitar or bass.

The template is slightly oversize to allow for variations in neck width and finish thickness. To rout a smaller neck pocket, reduce the template size by adding a few layers of binding tape. To learn more see instructions.

Note: both the guitar and bass routs are shaped for necks with radiused heels (Strat®, Jaguar, P-Bass®, J-Bass®). The guitar rout is not intended for use with Telecaster® necks (which have a square heel). Typical neck joint rout depth for a Fender® guitar or bass neck is 5/8".


Product Instructions

Fender Neck Joint Routing Template Instructions

How to rout a neck joint pocket using the Neck Joint Routing Template for Fender.

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Thicker would be nice

By Stalky from Friendship, ME
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 26, 2011


The template is the perfect shape of Fender neck heels, as you would expect. I wish it were a little thicker, though, because using a 1/2 inch high bit, and starting with 1/8 inch deep route, causes the bearing to be above the template. I know the instructions say to put some shims under the template to give it extra height, but it it were just 1/8 inch thicker this would not be needed.

Having to stop and remove the shims introduces the possibility that you won't align it exactly the same when you do the deeper passes, causing a bit of ledging on the sides of the pocket.

Good but with flaws

By SteveG from Dodge City  KS
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 24, 2011


This is a nicely made accurate template with one huge flaw. It is way too oversized. The instructions say to use masking tape to increase the bearing size. This does not work well. If the bearing catches at all it simply melts off the tape increasing the route size and ruining your project. They should offer a template in the correct size and also an oversized version.


Most variations are about .005 to .010 not .040 it's just too much. I have purchased one elsewhere that is the correct size and it's far less hassle. I should have returned this one as soon as I measured it!!

Template sucks

By Gar from Wheat Ridge, Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 05, 2011


While it is true that this template is finely cut, and the center line and holes are most useful, what would REALLY be nice is if they did NOT cut the thing .040 over. Following the instructions, I put .020 worth of heavy duty masking tape over the bearing. The tape came off, in the process ruining the template AND destroying the body. Cost me $103 bucks and that is money I could use elsewhere. Needless to say I am rather angry.

Great product

By Thomas Miller from Saint Clair, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 09, 2010


I used this to build my custom guitar and it worked excellent. I am very pleased with the results

Good, but...

By Rhythm Shack from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 16, 2010


This is an incredibly useful tool, but it would be even better it were twice as thick, then you wouldn't have to raise it up on various contraptions.

Also, would be good if there was one for a Telecaster, and another one that gives you the 4-5 degree angle needed for a tune-o-matic bridge...

Neck Pocket Routing Template

By JTE Guitar Works from La Pine, Oregon
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 07, 2010


This work great as long as you take note of the instructions. I suggest using a router bushing, like that which you'd use routing hing butts, rather than the Ball Bearing Router Bits. Then you get a nice tight fit on your neck to body joint. Other than that it works just fine. The center line is extremely helpful it getting the correct line-up.

You can't go wrong

By pdbutler from Canoga Park, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 30, 2010


If you are building bolt on neck solid body guitars, you can't afford to be without this template. It is laser cut on cnc equipment. Don't even attempt to make one yourself. You will not get as accurate. For the price, it simply can't be beat.

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