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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$7.59

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Shaped, 0.50 degree

Shaped, 0.50 degree

Item # 2135-050
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$7.59

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StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar Shaped, 1 degree

Shaped, 1 degree

Item # 2135-100
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$7.59

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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 $101.90
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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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5.0

Guitar Shim

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Verified Buyer


This is an excellent product. I thought that this product was going to make my guitar sound dull. However, once I installed the shim, my guitar sounded great! I can feel the strings ring through the body.

5.0

Problem solved!

By

Verified Buyer


The .5 shim was the perfect fix for my Custom Tele. Super easy to install.

3.0

Shims

By

Verified Buyer


Hole positions are OK if you need to angle a neck downward, but not for upward. Does the job although a bit pricey.

1.0

Great Idea but does not work

By

Verified Buyer


It raises the overall hight of the neck, making the bridge having to raise really high making setup very difficult if not impossable.

Response from StewMac


Hi Daryl,

We're very sorry to hear that our StewMac Neck Shims for Guitar weren't right for your project. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace it or refund you. Our friendly customer service team is always here to help at 1-800-848-2273 if you would like to address this issue further.

5.0

I love these shims !

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Verified Buyer


I've been building guitars for a long time. I've always made my own shims. They're easy and
quick. And the guitars that I made hardly ever use the same size shim. I build from many
suppliers, and there are slight differences between manufactures. And my own builds.
When I needed a shim, the size that was most often used was a .0 to 0.030" , along the 3"
length of the neck pocket. It just turns out that this is my most often used size.
Well, I decided to try this product and I got pleasantly surprised. Guess what ?
The shims marked as .25 degrees go from almost 0" to 0.030" , or really close. And they are
real solid maple.( Be careful, don't bend them. They will split. But can be repaired easily. )
This size, is so close to the size that I use that I just can't go back to my old style of shims.
I just built a tele and the manufacture made a mistake. Neck pocket 3/4 " deep. How do you
fix that when the neck has 22 frets. Well, you just take a .25 deg. and a .5 deg. shim , glue them together, and the neck fits. And the bridge saddle height is not too high. Real good fix.
Saved me from an hour of trails with my home made shims. Well worth the $12 for the 2 shims.
I'm going to have lots of these shims in my shop. Thanks StewMac !! JW

5.0

Excellent!

By

Verified Buyer


The shims are as espected. Great product and a exceptional client service.

5.0

Too easy!

By

Verified Buyer


I've been a woodworker for most of my life but the time out for making a shim is lengthy and even then you're struggling to get a neat taper. Yes there's a cost but my time is worth more to me than an hour or more to make one, and I would be so fussy to take that time. And frankly, I'd sooner be playing.

And here this is ready to go and beautifully made, no brainer for me.

The bridge on my Vintage Modified Mustang was bottomed out and the action was still too high. The job to fit the shim would have been lucky to take 10 minutes and another 10 to get the bridge height and action set. It's gone from a good guitar to a great one! Can't be happier and worth every cent.

For anyone contemplating the job, just do it, it's too easy!

5.0

Tapered neck shims

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Verified Buyer


I have used these in the past and found them to be an excellent solution to changing a neck angle on a bolt-on neck. This time I had to turn the shim around 180 degrees. As a result, I had to trim the shim around the edges and on one end. For me this was probably easier than using a blank shim. It would be a nice touch to have these available in a reverse angle as well.

5.0

Fast delivery to UK and great product.

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Verified Buyer


Excellent product, allowed me to raise the bridge saddles and correct the action on my 1993 Japan strat. Perfect fit, so glad I found StewMac. Incredibly fast delivery to the UK, cannot recommend enough, many thanks!

5.0

Yes They Work!

By

Verified Buyer


These shims are a much better alternative to rolled paper, screen, toothpicks, old credit cards and filed pieces of metal. Now I save the hassle of making my own and trying not to split it, and no more feeler gauges with missing pieces. These are just the right thing to use when the bridge height screws are digging into your palm. Get some. da-no

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