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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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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Blank, 0.50 degree

Blank, 0.50 degree

Item # 2130-050
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$7.79

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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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$21.90

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar, Blank, Set of 3

Blank, Set of 3

Item # 2130
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$23.30

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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 $98.00
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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

Easy solution for great set up!

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I built a Mustang body with JM/Jag style trem and used a locking roller bridge, I could not get a decent set up due to the height of the non-Fender style bridge but adding a .5* shim made the set up perfect! You can't easily build a shim this thin & accurate yourself.

3.0

Neck shims

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They are of good quality but VERY pricey!!

5.0

Fit Perfectly

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Bought to adjust neck angle and action height.. Bought 2 different angles but only needed the .5. Worked great for me.

5.0

Did the trick!

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Verified Buyer


Bought a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar. Nice guitar for the price with a few minor mods. The neck angle wasn't steep enough on mine. This dropped right in with some minor trimming. Boom! Brought bridge up to height, intonated, ready to roll with no string slippage. The grub screws on my bridge we're sloppy and bridge kept dropping with normal play. I reset bridge, took strings off carefully, flipped it upside down, a couple drops of blue thread lock and let it set overnight. Problem solved! Thanks for another quality product!

4.0

Good Solution

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Verified Buyer


Needed to raise the 22nd fret off of the pick guard on my new custom built Stratolester. 0.5 was the right height to use so if you need one, try that size first. The outside dimensions did not match my build exactly but nothing a little sandpaper couldn't fix. I also used a StewMac red mahogany touch-up pen and a red sharpie along the reveal edge to match the color of a mahogany body with cherry red paint. It's a good match and if you didn't know that there was a shim you wouldn't notice it. As mentioned by other reviewers, they're a bit pricey but they were worth it to me for the convenience.

2.0

Neck Shim Flim Flam

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Great idea, but...I ordered two of the .25's. One was split, so I was already unhappy.
I fit the second one to a PRS DC3 and had to sand quite a bit to fit the rounded pocket. The shim held up nicely through all of the shaping process.
Now, once it was in and the neck was on, it became obvious that the thin end of the shim is not really thin at all. It looks like crap as you can easily see the shim between the neck and the pocket. I suppose a true craftsman with years of experience could hide it in there, but this is not as easy and perfect as I was led to believe.

5.0

Easy Peasy

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Verified Buyer


I've used these shims on more than one occasion. Sure makes changing neck angle a breeze and easily reversible unlike cutting the pocket or heel.

5.0

wooden neck shims

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I've read what people use to shim necks, wow. These are nice , I can't make these for the money & it fully supports the neck in pocket area.I would make these work over micro tilt also

5.0

Works great and easy to use.

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Bought a guitar used online. Wouldn't play a different note on the first three strings from about the 10th fret up. Popped the neck off to find a business card (from a music and "repair" shop!) that had been cut into thirds and taped together, randomly positioned in the neck cavity.
No Bueno.
Ordered up a set of these and bam!
After a few quick trial tests to find the right combination, the guitar plays great and has better tone and resonance too!

5.0

Perfect

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Verified Buyer


Had a Mexi Strat with neck angle issues. This was the only solution/ shim material I tried where it was immediately correct and felt like I had done it the right way. Super simple to install.

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