Replacement Neck for Tele Guitar

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Shaped, inlaid, fretted and finished—feels and plays great! Hard rock maple finished in clear satin polyurethane, with a walnut "skunk stripe" down the back.

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Replacement Neck for Tele Guitar Rosewood fingerboard

Rosewood fingerboard

Item # 5718
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Replacement Neck for Tele Guitar Maple fingerboard

Maple fingerboard

Item # 5719
In stock, ready to ship!


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Quantity: 20


Shaped, inlaid, fretted and finished—feels and plays great! Hard rock maple finished in clear satin polyurethane, with a walnut "skunk stripe" down the back.

The frets are nicely finished, and the nut is shaped and slotted. Maple or rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and side markers.

Screwholes for attaching to the body are not drilled. Each neck has a truss rod with a 4mm adjusting nut at the peghead. We recommend Allen Truss Rod Wrench for adjusting neck relief.

Peghead is drilled for 6-in-line tuning machines. 11mm-diameter holes fit sealed gear tuners with threaded peghead bushing. See all tuners.

More specifications:
Scale length 25-1/2" (647.70mm)
Width at nut 1-11/16" (42.86mm)
Width at 21st fret 2-3/16" (55.56mm)
Fretboard radius 9-1/2" (241.30mm)
Fretwire .045" high x .095" wide (1.14mm x 2.41mm)
Fret count 21
Approximate heel length 3-5/8" (92.07mm)

Neck thickness (approximate; not including fret)

Ideally, the neck should just drop into the neck-pocket, or be a little snug. Don't force the neck into the pocket. If the body is unfinished, remember that the finish will make the neck pocket smaller with lacquer build up on the edge of the rout. Be sure to compensate for the finish buildup or the neck will be too tight after finishing.

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Replacement Neck for Tele Guitar

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Not for Kluson tuners?

By Josh Pelican from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I bought one of these necks and I dropped in vintage Kluson tuners in with absolutely no problem. This neck rules.

Not for Kluson peg pitch

By carlosgon3 from Tokyo, Japan
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Peg hole dia is about 10mm, that is fine, but the pitches of hole center to center are a bit wider than Kluson type peg's reccomendation, about 0.6mm. These 5 slits are not beautiful. Of-course, you need conversion bush in this case. Neck itself is so good for Telegib build, wow!


By Moriarty Guitars from Dublin Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The maple was plain and straight like I asked. The rosewood was slightly wavy but ok with nicely sanded finish. The fret ends were sticking out slightly. The nut was poor quality and there was a lot of cement holding it in place. There was a noticeable hump in the neck. Once the leveling / fret dressing was done and bone nut installed it turned out quite decent. Overall, the quality is average but expect to make some finishing touches before installation.

Tele replacement neck

By Doug Raineault from Middletown, CT
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 11, 2012

I recently built a tele style guitar and purchased the Stew Mac tele neck. As soon as it arrived I installed it, strung it up and did a quick set up. The neck is awesome, smooth as silk and excellent fret work. If you want a high quality neck without emptying your wallet this is the neck for you.

Couldn't be Happier!!

By Monkedelic from Minneapolis
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I recently ordered the maple Telecaster neck from Stew Mac to replace the original on my Æ91 American Tele. The truss rod in the original neck had been maxed out for quite some time, so the playability had been in steady decline. I looked into getting it repaired and got several estimates, which ranged from $150 on up. After weighing the pros and cons of having the original repaired vs. installing a new neck, I opted for the latter. I figured I will still have the original neck, and I can still get it fixed without having to rush into a decision as far as what shop, what procedure, etc.

After getting this neck from Stew Mac and installing it, IÆve been so thrilled with the way it plays and sounds that IÆve all but forgotten about getting the original fixed. I couldnÆt be happier with it- especially for the price. It feels and plays every bit as good as the original ever did, and I think it might even sound better than my original did.

For the amateur/hobbyist like myself, I should mention that installing the neck required some drilling (the four holes to mount it to the body, the two little holes for each tuner, and two holes for the string retainer). Also, in my case- the fret ends required sanding as the wood likely contracted and they stuck out a bit on either side to where I could feel the sharpness when I ran my fingers up and down the sides of the fret board. But the frets were nicely crowned and the nut was to factory spec.

There are a few minor differences between this neck and my American original. This neck has 21 frets as opposed to 22 on my original. (It doesnÆt have the tongue at the base of the neck). The original neck has a walnut plug at the base of the headstock where you access the truss nut, while the one on this neck is black and appears to be graphite. Also, the truss nut is closer to the opening and can be reached with the smaller end of a standard allen wrench, and itÆs larger (requiring a larger size allen wrench), which I personally like better. But the most noticeable difference for me was the lack of a Fender logo on the headstock. Obviously, this is only a superficial difference- but itÆs something to consider. I ended up making a decal to exactly match my original logo and serial number and it actually turned out pretty good. (ItÆs OK- IÆll never sell this guitar.)

Overall- knowing what I know now- I would buy this neck again in a second! I just wish I would have bought it a lot sooner.

Amazing quality

By Gilberto from Vinhedo/SP/Brasil
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 06, 2012

Might Mite replacement neck makes my home-made Telecaster nice and smooth to play

Perfect fit

By TVCaster from West Coast USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 03, 2012

Ok - as has been stated in other reviews this is a Might Mite neck. Not sure why SMac fails to mention this in their product description, but they are clearly marked as such. Could it be that we could get these necks much cheaper elsewhere? I don't know.

That said - the neck fit perfectly in a Fender Esquire body. Drilled the holes, bolted it on, put on the tuners and strung it up. Needed no tweaks, no problem with the nut - easy. As I have found with Mighty Mite necks the fret ends needed a little more sanding, nothing bad though. Finish on the headstock shows some overspray but only in good light.

This is the thrid neck I've tried on this guitar and it is the one that is going to stay. As always SMac's service was great, just wish they'd be upfront about where they actually get these necks from - guess that's our job though.

Stew Mac is the best!!!

By Jerry Moore from Newnan GA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 03, 2011

I've used two of the #5719 necks from Stew Mac and both jobs turned out A+. I highly recommend Stew Mac for all your guitar repair or custom needs!!!

Tele Neck

By SteveB UK from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 04, 2011

Have had two of these necks now, first one was great but a little disappointed with the last one. Slight damage to the heel, looked like it had been dropped on the inside corner, and the Maple had a pronounced grain pattern, a bit too gaudy for my liking. The nut was high on both, and needed some slot work to take 10's strings.

Brilliant service from Stew-Mac

By Jocko from Scotland
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 05, 2011

Beautiful neck, perfectly finished. First one got lost in UK customs but a replacement was shipped out with no quibbles, by courier at no cost to me, as soon as available. Thanks again Karen.

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