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Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender

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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".


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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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1.0

Way too out of spec......

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I bought this knowing it was loose seeing the other reviews, but I had no idea it was this bad! Even after adding five pieces of tape the fit was still too loose on my warmoth neck. I can't see any reason for making this template so out of spec. The reason I buy templates is for accuracy and adding a bunch of tape is not a recipe for precision . Going in the trash bin for me.

Response from StewMac

Hi James. We're sorry to hear that the template didn't work out for your neck. Please accept our sincere apology as well as a full refund. We take this type of feedback to heart, and will re-evaluate the size of the template in the near future. In many cases the oversize is a helpful feature, but perhaps we could reduce the width and still accommodate a broad variety of necks. Thanks again for your feedback.

3.0

Would be 5 stars if not oversized.

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I am not sure why they decided to make the neck pocket loose. I used the template for a bass pocket and the fit was loose. I saw the video and instructions and you have to add binder tape to the edge to make a standard Fender neck fit like it should. Otherwise it's great. If someone needs it to be looser, then they aren't using a standard Fender neck. Why support the small case where the neck is larger than standard?

3.0

Wrapping tape?

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I knew going in that the template is intentionally oversized. Still I thought wrapping with masking tape wouldn't be an issue but it kind of was. The problem is routers spin really fast and bearing or not they create a lot of friction. The result is the tape melted a bit on to the bit causing the router to dig in and chewed up the plastic on the template. The smart thing I should have done was use this to make a plywood templ te . Lesson learned.overall the template is good but next time I will make a plywood template and use that

5.0

Easy to use

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This is just the right thickness. With the use of a spacer on the first pass, it only takes three passes with a pattern router bit to couplet the neck joint. Nice addition to the shop.

2.0

flawed

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Fender-style necks are made nowadays by machines with remarkable precision, and the specs are well-known. So why then does this template not conform to them? The Strat-end is slightly oversized, but the bass end is grossly oversized. The instructions tell you to 'tighten it up' with layers of tape. It takes several layers of tape to 'tighten-up' the bass end, and the tape thing really doesn't work all that well. AND IT SHOULD NOT BE NECESSARY. The whole point of a template is that it FITS. I can understand a little wiggle room to allow for finishing, but this is ridiculous. Not all finishes are thick anyway, in fact most neck finishes are quite thin.

Here is a different way of looking at it: There is just one 'right', but an infinity of 'wrongs'. Given the choice of matching the one right, or a random one of many wrongs, why would you choose wrong? The odds of the wrong template matching a wrong neck are near nil; whereas a right template has good chance of matching a right neck.

It is a simple matter to file out a too-tight neck pocket, or sand down an out-of spec neck, which is the right way to fix that. But once you cut a body too far, it is difficult to impossible to put the wood back. This 'template' errs completely on the wrong side - the side that can't be fixed. I've cut tighter pockets free-hand.

The clear material and centerline are nice, but it needs to be wider to support the router and thicker to allow you to start the bit. I just filled-in the sides of mine with paper and CA glue and filed them to a snug fit on a finished standard bass neck. I think I will use it one more time to make a new template out of 3/4" mdf.

In short, this template works, but it is flawed and could be a lot better. Come on, StewMac, give us a good one! If you were to offer an 'exact fit' template alongside this sloppy mess, you'd sell a lot more of those than these. Who would want the sloppy one?

If I didn't know better, I'd say this template is actually a manufacturing error, it is so far out-of-spec.

3.0

didnt work for me

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I can only speak for the guitar side of this template. I am a first time builder and I bought a replacement strat neck with maple fingerboard. This template was a little too big. I had to trace the neck and make my own template. Stewmac has a tip to put tape on the inside but the tape comes off as you rout.

4.0

Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender

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I'm satisfied with this item. It's easy to use and works great, a little oversized so that is not good for using it for a genuine Fender so you have to do something so you get it right, but for my use it does not matter as I build the body and neck. I give it four star because of oversized and a little thin but it's easy to use and an ok item.

5.0

A must have...

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Excellent product. Makes neck routes a breeze. Thickness of acrylic is perfect. I use double sided tape to keep the template secure.

3.0

Please StewMac, lets go the next step.

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This is a great template and works for most necks. If the neck heel is under 2 3/16" wide then do one side at a time and move the template. Don't use clamps. Use double sided tape. A little goes a long ways and its worth its weight in gold. That being said, this is supposedly "for Fender" but does not have a tele pocket rout. Why is this? From customers I get more requests for custom tele style guitars than any other kind. But ill have to get plexi and have a friend CNC the neck pocket for a tele into it. Ive moved this template around and made it work for a tele, but the point of the template is that you stick it on and then go. Also, as one other reviewer mentioned, a ready made 3 degree angle neck pocket would be really awesome and a real time saver. I shim up for angled pockets but if there was a template that did it for you then id buy it in a second. Part of what I do is build instruments using only hand tools, or not automation. No CNC. Having durable templates is a necessary part of my process. The lack of a tele pocket seems ridiculous for a template labels as "For Fender" since the tele is probably one of the most popular guitars on the planet even after over 60 years. So please StewMac, do what you do best and make these tools available for us small builders to get the job done right. Thanks

5.0

This the tool...

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One of my favorite tool, very efficient, you need to use the router bit from StewMac for a better result.

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