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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.

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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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Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender
Neck Joint Routing Template For Fender
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5 1-26-2014
Perfect Template

I've been working on building a Snakehead Tele that has a Strat heel instead of the usual Tele heel. I made my own template for the neck pocket but really wasn't pleased with it so I ordered this template from Stew-Mac, built a new body & it worked PERFECTLY....

Eric Barnett  Mississippi
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5 12-13-2013
A must have...

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

Abba  Monument, CO Read my reviews (2)
3 11-19-2013
Please StewMac, lets go the next step.

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

Pacific North Coast Guitars  Washington USA Read my reviews (39)
5 11-14-2013
This the tool...

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

Alain Meilleur  Quebec, Canada Read my reviews (12)
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5 11-09-2013
Worked great!

Used the 1/2" flush cut from Stewmac with it and got a really nice tight neck joint!

SDG  Pacifica, CA Read my reviews (2)
4 8-14-2013
I liked it

I had no trouble with it. If you are kind of light-handed you won't burn the plastic. Your bearing on your router certainly needs to be free too. Worked great for me. Although it could be a little thicker I think.

preetcher  Beaufort, NC Read my reviews (48)
4 7-18-2013
Great tool for the first time builder

The template worked great once I got the correct size. It is very easy to use and saved me alot of time.

CJ Mac  Wheeling, WV Read my reviews (4)
5 7-05-2013
Works like a charm!

My first attempt at routing a neck pocket and was bang on. As it states, you do have to add masking tape to get a nice tight fit which was fine. Another fine product from Stew Mac! Cheers!

Kaarlo  Banff, AB. Canada Read my reviews (7)
5 7-02-2013
Very Nice Template!

After reading the reviews, and watching the instructional video I am still perplexed why folks have an issue with this neck template for bass. I found building up the inside edges with binding tape, and making a few test fits, and one test pass with the router that the template performed flawless. Would like to see it thicker and not requiring standoffs like a 1/2" or slightly less in overall thickness for easier use. Used with Stew Mac Router Bits with 3 bearings max and made this project a breeze. Much better than fabbing up your own neck template from scratch each time you have a Fender style neck in hand. 0.004" oversize helps with the wiggle room. Build it up with the binding tape, make a test cut and move on.

S.C.H  Tampa, FL
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1 3-17-2013
neck joint routing template for fender

way, way too oversized don't buy it until they have the right size

mchaelereiss  va
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