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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Shaped, 0.25 degree

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Shaped, 0.50 degree

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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

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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

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar, Shaped, Set of 3

Shaped, Set of 3

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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

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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

Post script to earlier review

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Verified Buyer


I purchased a three pack and ended up using the 1.0 to correct the alignment on a 'parts box' build. I thought I would stash the others away for later. 'Later' came a few minutes later. I utilized the 0.25 on a Warmoth Strat build that has frustrated me for years. It seems like a brand new guitar now. The difference in both of the guitars is nothing short of 'holy moly'. Well worth the purchase price. Going to order another set, just to have on hand.

5.0

Excellent product

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Verified Buyer


Bought these to correct a Strat neck on a Golden Age knotty pine tele body with a tune o matic bridge. The 1.0 worked perfectly!!! I may use the others to tweak a couple of other things I have laying around.

5.0

shims are a must

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Verified Buyer


these are great shims. no need to make your own great taper and neck fit a must for my shop

4.0

Very good, but a bit pricey.

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Verified Buyer


Ok, I did my homework regarding neck tilt. (I needed to do this on a MIM Strat to accommodate a Roland GK3 pickup on top the pickguard with no cutting out -or- holes into the pickguard. Trying to calculate the exact shim needed was a bit erroneous as we all like our final action level at different spots. So...I ordered a 0.25, 0.5 degree shim. That was I could get three variations (stack them to get the 0.75 degree tilt).

The end result? I only needed to add the 0.5 degree tilt to accommodate raising the saddles to my ideal action point AND clear the height needed for the GK3 pickup (used the default shim + tape included).

I did have to trim off (scissors work well) the inner pocket edge to get it fully hidden in the neck pocket...just follow the line they've printed on it. The ONLY reason I didn't give 5 stars is the price. For the very thin wood it is, half the price would've been ideal. Or, at least include 2 shims for the full price...not a single. Would I buy these again? Absolutely! The only improvement I'd suggest for StewMac's site is to make a shim calculator based on specific information we input. That would be a HUGE plus!!!

5.0

Perfect for shimming bolt-on necks or other modified uses

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Verified Buyer


I ordered this product to shim the neck on a bolt-on Taylor acoustic. They were easy to use and fit perfectly. I've also trimmed them to shim up nuts that have been filed too low. The material is easy to cut with a razor knife or scissors. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes to attempt their own repair work. I am sure a professional could list many other uses. A versatile product at a fair price.

5.0

Great Product

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Verified Buyer


Needed to make a minor adjustment to my tele neck angle. Wanted to do it right so I bought shims from StewMac. Really nice product. Slight trim with scissors to square off the body side and that was it. Put the neck in the perfect position. Highly recommend!

5.0

Beyond Excellent Service

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Verified Buyer


I ordered a set of shims as well as a Bigsby in which I later found out I had ordered the wrong model. StewMac were very kind and refunded me for the full amount- no questions, even though it was entirely my mistake. Fast shipping, beyond excellent service. As a first time customer, I will definitely continue my business with the company.

5.0

Awesome Shims - Couple comments noted

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Verified Buyer


Wow these shims are awesome. Great Product! If your frets are level and crowned, and you still have buzzing, this should help solve it. I wonder how they make these? I did have a couple issues worth noting. I needed a shim to raise the neck side (top) of the pocket, but the spacing of the holes seem to be set up for shimming the bottom side of the pocket. Thus, I bought a couple "blanks" so I could configure how I wanted. However, I was dumb initially and tried to drill with a drill bit. I sandwiched the shim between a neck plate and a piece of wood and drilled... well the shims are so thin and delicate that it broke. Then I had an epiphany and tried a standard hand held paper hole puncher. Walaaa! Worked perfect, lesson learned. So advise to you, use a hole puncher if you need to drill holes in these babies. TO: STEW MAC, It would be nice if you offered shims with hole spacing set up for shimming top or bottom of pocket. I guess I could have trimmed with scissors to flip them around, but then I'd end up with a space at bottom of the pocket. Just a comment, Great Product nevertheless.

5.0

Big Time Saver!

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Verified Buyer


Very handy when you need to raise the height of a trem to float it off the top, keep action low and intonation sweet. I used a shaped .25 degree shim on a customer's James Tyler Variax, trimming it to fit the profile of the neck pocket.

5.0

helpful product

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Verified Buyer


these shims definitely help with neck adjustment when needed and are extremely precise. A 1 degree shim does a lot to move bridge height. My guitar was out of adjustment and in the end one degree was too much and had to move down to .5 degree. My only issue is that it would be nice to have a kit with a .5 and a couple of .25's that would cover many scenarios.

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