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

great fix

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Verified Buyer


high quality shims...even the thinnest shim is accurate and drills easily without splitting

5.0

Tapered Shims

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Work as expected...

5.0

Shimmy, Shimmy CoCo Pop!

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Worked like a dream without any work!

5.0

stewmac shims

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Verified Buyer


A perfect solution for on a bolt on neck that needs to be shimmed.

5.0

Excellent neck contact and support.

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Verified Buyer


I was able to get the neck angle spot on for a guitar with a poorly cut neck pocket. Very satisfied with the results. Only down side to the taper shims is the price. They are fairly expensive.

5.0

These Are A Must-Have!

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Stewmac’s Full Pocket Neck Shims are a lifesaver. I’m not joking when I say that about 90% of guitars and especially basses I work on for my clients require shimming due to overset necks. The Pre-Shaped ones drop in with pretty much no modification needed and give me all the saddle adjustment room I need to do a killer setup job.

5.0

Great shim

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Verified Buyer


Worked perfect, a little shim goes a long way.

5.0

Worked like a charm!

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Verified Buyer


I recently finished building my own Jazzmaster. I finally got it all together and it seems the neck pocket was cut a little too deep. I did some research and watched a video about shims on stewmac.com. I placed an order for the .5 degree shim and it works extremely well. The action and sustain has been improved by a mile! Highly recommend!

5.0

Just what I needed for a Fender Bass

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Verified Buyer


These are cut to fit a Fender neck joint like a glove. It was just what I needed to fix a friend's bass that had fret buzzing going on that could not be tuned out with truss rod and bridge adjustments. Popped a .5" shim in there and readjusted the truss rod and bridge and voila -- no fret buzzing, nice low action and full contact at the neck joint. He was thrilled!

4.0

Less is More

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When adding these beneath a bolt on neck heel, not only does the angle change but there is added overall height as well. So, it is easy to reach the upper limit of the saddle adjustments and the break angle of the strings becomes more, and then unacceptably, acute. With a tremolo bridge it becomes quite a balancing act. Use the very least degree of angle possible. It may not be a workable solution at all. Or it may. Just be aware when you try it, that it may create more problems than it solves. The shims themselves are just fine. For holes that don't line up, an Exacto knife works well.

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