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Plugging stripped holes in bolt-on guitar necks
Here's a job you'll see a lot: plugging stripped holes in bolt-on necks. Dan Erlewine shows how it's done, and he throws in some additional tips, too!
blankOctober 25, 2012
blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkA common problem for do-it-yourselfers, but it shows up on
  • checkmarkfactory-built necks like this one, too.
  • checkmarkShopping for necks on eBay? Watch for stripped holes.
  • checkmarkDowel gauges for measuring holes.
  • checkmarkOld woodworker's trick for fitting and drilling for dowels.
  • checkmarkHow to resize dowels so they're perfectly round.
  • checkmarkGluing and drilling the plugs.
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Neck Attachment Screw
1-3/4" long screws for bolt-on neck electric guitars.
Titebond Glue
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Replacement Neck for Strat Guitar
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Micro Chisels
Set of four model maker's chisels, for trimming nut and saddle slots or for removing dried glue around braces and frets.
Super Glue
First choice in guitar repair shops! Incredible bonding strength for quick jig-making, fretting, inlaying, finish touch-ups, and more.
Binding Tape
Super strong and super useful in the shop.
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