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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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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

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar, Shaped, Set of 3

Shaped, Set of 3

Item # 2135
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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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4.0

Overpriced, but works well

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Just needed to adjust the angle because the saddle height screws stuck up to far and chafed my palm my select Strat has that weird little corner bevel on it but I just put it in as is and drilled a .062 pilot hole and all was well. Just kinda expensive but that can be said for
Much of stewmacs inventory. Still gotta get a fret tang nipper when they're available. I use a Dremel and jig now.

5.0

Jazzmaster Cure

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Verified Buyer


I bought this to shim the neck on my Jazzmaster. It provides enough of a shim to increase the string break angle and get rid of the annoying rattles. Highly recommended, especially over the old business card trick.

5.0

Unbelievable

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Verified Buyer


I purchased 2 of these. I actually used them both as reverse shims. A fat neck needed some relief. Truss rod was already slackened. Saddles screws were at maximum height. I placed taper with widest part at front of pocket. I created some ghost relief . I lowered the saddles and wolla.!
The action opened up beautifully! I will buy 2 more as I have all fat necks with no ability to create relief.

4.0

made it some better

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Verified Buyer


Made the action better , but still off some . I got a straight .040" shim , no angle , from Aperio and the shipping was only 1 dollar 20 cents , A lot better result , ROCK ON . Nothing wrong with the Stew Mac shim , it just wasn't the one I needed . It is a trial and error repair after all .

5.0

Almost Perfect

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Verified Buyer


Nicely made, but I needed an angle adjustment in the opposite direction from what these were designed for. I simply trimmed one side to fit, leaving a small gap. Would be great if either the slots were elongated or the blank was a little bit longer with laser-etched trim lines for installing either way.

5.0

Worked for me

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Verified Buyer


I needed to get a little more angle on my Jazzmaster build and this shim worked perfectly. I've shimmed necks before but this took the trial and error out of the process. It's pricey for a sliver of wood, especially seeing as shipping is more than a single shim, but worth it in the time saved futzing around with layers of whatever material you might otherwise use. This was literally a three minute installation. The result is better too - I detected less change in the instrument's resonance than with previous improvised shims.

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

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