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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$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

Easily improved my neck angle.

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Verified Buyer


A nice variety of shim angles, you are bound to find one that works for you. They fit perfectly and are almost unnoticeable. Very handy to have on hand to improve custom built guitar prototypes.
The pre-drilled screw holes match standard Fender neck screw locations.

5.0

Perfect for my Epi LP Special/Jr!

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Verified Buyer


I have one of the super-affordable Epi LP Specials ($100) that Guitar Center sold for a while. I've upgraded the pickup arrangement to have a single Stew Mac Golden Age Parsons Street P90 in the bridge and covered the guitar in beer caps. I also installed a "Bad Ass" style adjustable intonation wraparound bridge on the guitar (from Guitar Fetish) to be able to intonate it accurately--better than the stock lightning bolt wraparound. The inherent clearance of the strings with the new bridge is way too high, even with the bridge totally bottomed out on the guitar body. So it was time to shim the neck for more back angle. I ordered the set of three shims, since I wasn't totally certain which added angle amount would be best. At the suggestion of a luthier friend, I started with the 1-degree shim first, and it was perfect. The shim fit into the existing neck pocket very well, mounting screw holes lined up just right, and the shim had excellent contact with the body and neck all around. I put the neck back on, strung it up, and my problem was solved. With the 1-degree shim added to the equation, I was able to raise the bridge to a suitable height off the guitar body (with some workable room both directions now), intonate it, and get back to riffing! The guitar doesn't seem to be any different in terms of tone or sustain--no particular improvements or deterioration. In other words, the shim did exactly what I needed it to without having any unwanted effects on the guitar otherwise. Great product, well made, would suggest it to others, and would happily use it again.

5.0

1 degree neck shim

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Verified Buyer


I recently purchased a squier vintage modified jazzmaster that had an extremely poor break angle over the bridge. I was hesitant to go with the 1 degree shim at first because I thought it might be too much but it was perfect. It replaced the old paper card shim in the neck pocket and helped a ton with tubing stability and actually keeping the strings in the slots on the bridge. If you are playing offset guitars with jag/jazz master trem and need more string break angle to achieve better setup I highly recommend this product. It’s hard to tell if it increased the quality of my tone when plugged in but there was a very noticeable increase in sustain when unplugged. If you are curious about my bridge height I have included a photo with the shim installed

5.0

Excelent solution

By

Verified Buyer


The product is great for shim the neck.

2.0

Not designed for reverse shim use

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Verified Buyer


I needed to raise the headstock end of the neck pocket and the shims when flipped into that position the holes or pocket shape did not align. Very difficult to modify without shredding them...which I did.

5.0

Fit a Fender Strat (Mexico) Perfectly!

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Verified Buyer


Used the .5 shim to raise the Floyd Rose on a Fender, Dave Murray Strat. Fit perfectly and and raised the Floyd Rose from a flush body fit to properly floating.

5.0

Very helpful

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Verified Buyer


achieved perfect combination of action vs. bridge height. much better sustain.

5.0

Great.

By

Verified Buyer


Tight. :)

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!

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Verified Buyer


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

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