StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar

StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar

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

Item # 2135-100
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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Blank, 0.25 degree

Blank, 0.25 degree

Item # 2130-025
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$8.03

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Blank, 0.50 degree

Blank, 0.50 degree

Item # 2130-050
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$8.10

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Blank, 1 degree

Blank, 1 degree

Item # 2130-100
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$8.10

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar, Shaped, Set of 3

Shaped, Set of 3

Item # 2135
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$22.77

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar, Blank, Set of 3

Blank, Set of 3

Item # 2130
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$24.23

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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 $107.40
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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.

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

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5.0

Do it right

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Verified Buyer


Started work on my '63 Fender Music Master only to find someone had used half of a gift card or some such item to shim the neck. These shims make it easy to get the job done right. Thanks, Stewmac!

5.0

Get that attention to detail

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Verified Buyer


A great product that fills the Gap between factory specs and Professional applications.

4.0

Work great

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Verified Buyer


Work great. Seem a little pricy but beat the old credit card hands down

5.0

Perfect for the job

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Verified Buyer


Took a guess at a .5 degree for my internet-purchase Ibanez Talman. It was a good guess and I got my sky-high action down to pretty much ideal. This is definitely the right product for the job, multiple attempts at DIY on my table saw yielded less than satisfactory results. Pricey as a single item with shipping, but the string deal that popped up made it workable. Also, I ordered the pre-drilled shim and shouldn't have; the Talman has a weirdo bolt pattern that leaves part of the (pre-drilled shim) hole exposed between the body and neck, but no big deal. Recommmend!

5.0

Saved lots of work

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Verified Buyer


Was prepared to use table saw and make maple shins for a “64” Jaguar. These worked perfectly.

5.0

A must have for a jazzmaster

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Verified Buyer


I'm currently shimming a squier jazzmaster with the 0.5 and it made a huge difference in action, playability, and sustain. I would not have been able to create one of these by myself, and it was an instantly perfect fit. Recommended!

5.0

Stewmac Neck Shims for Guitar

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Verified Buyer


I had just bought these to give me the option to tilt my neck back a little bit to help me with my action on my own Strat, but since I did a leveling, crowning, and polishing of my frets, it was easier to lower my action to my taste and get the results I needed without using them. However, they will probably still be used on a customer guitar in the future, so I have them in stock when I need them.

5.0

Perfect fit, perfect solution!

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Verified Buyer


Solving my bridge height problem turned out to be easy and rock solid. Should have done this a year ago!

5.0

A matter of degrees,,

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Verified Buyer


A pal bought a Six Flags Over Texas Superman guitar at a Salvation Army store, virtually unplayable.
I measured the neck angle at 1 degree off, but it was like a quarter inch. I added the one degree, half and quarter degree thinking the shims looked pretty skinny to get a quart inch, Had to disassemble it again and just leave the 1 degree in place. Now you can actually play the guitar!!

Easy fix, will save other shims for another repair on a Taylor Baby that has a similar problem. Thanks!

4.0

Neck shims need more options

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Verified Buyer


These neck shims are great. They work perfectly to add additional angle to a neck. The issue is that they don't work as well for decreasing excessive neck angle. StewMac would be very smart to offer shims made to increase neck angle and shims to decrease neck angle. The shape of the shim would have to change and the placement of the screw holes would be moved depending on whether it was a shim made to increase neck angle or decrease it.

I was able to reshape the neck shim to accommodate reducing neck angle, but I broke one section of it drilling new screw hole positions. The appeal of these is that they fit in the neck pocket perfectly. Once you modify them, the shims no longer cover the whole area of the neck pocket.

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