Shaving The Neck
sigma7
May 17 2008, 03:42 PM
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hey gmc'ers, I was wonder if it is possible to shave a neck down to a thinner size? smile.gif Like, I have a Fender Mexican Strat 60th ann. but I want the neck to be the size of a wizard. Is it possible without screwing the guitar up?

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May 17 2008, 03:47 PM
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should be.
there's a possibility that you might have to adjust the truss rod a bit, depends how much you shave off i suppose.
im no professional though, so don't just take my word for it.

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May 17 2008, 04:20 PM
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I wouldn't think it'd be a good idea, to do so precisely and evenly all over the neck would be a very hard task I would think, if you wanted it done by a professional (which would probably be a good idea) I'm imagining a price that would make it more economic to just buy a new guitar or neck. But then again, I'm no professional either.

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Marcus Siepen
May 17 2008, 09:15 PM
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I also think that getting a new neck would be the better, faster, safer and most likely cheaper option.

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May 17 2008, 09:32 PM
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QUOTE (sigma7 @ May 17 2008, 05:42 PM) *
hey gmc'ers, I was wonder if it is possible to shave a neck down to a thinner size? smile.gif Like, I have a Fender Mexican Strat 60th ann. but I want the neck to be the size of a wizard. Is it possible without screwing the guitar up?


Wouldn't recommend it. Taking a bit off would likely be OK, but going down to wizard type thicknesses would be dangerous, I think they are pretty much on the limit and necks that thin often have graphite reinforcing rods since the wood itself is not rigid enough. Also, turning a fat neck into a thin neck means that the truss rod will no longer be in the center of the neck and I am sure you will throw off the structural balance. Also, you really won't know how close you are to the truss rod cavity until it is too late.

If its a strat then I guess it has a bolt on neck and you can get a perfect fitting replacement to your specs and it will be damn simple to fit. Try www.warmoth.com or www.usacustomguitars.com.

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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ May 17 2008, 05:15 PM) *
I also think that getting a new neck would be the better, faster, safer and most likely cheaper option.

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Hisham Al-Sanea
May 17 2008, 10:08 PM
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agree with Marcus

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FrankW
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Switch necks, man. Unless you have a friend who is an expert luthier, you'd be better off money-wise and workmanship-wise, by buying a new neck. This also preserves the integrity of your original parts. You may want to sell it some day...

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Bogdan Radovic
May 17 2008, 11:09 PM
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Definitely look for a replacement neck..Much better option wink.gif

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May 17 2008, 11:20 PM
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I must go against the grain here.
Ive done it twice and never had a problem.
Wizard thickness.......probably not.
Thinner ...sure.
I did it with a rasp and sandpaper..both turned out great...one ended up scalloped as well.
I took alot of "meat" out of a warmoth boat neck. Its straight as an arrow.

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Ivan Milenkovic
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If you done before some wood sandin' I say why not. smile.gif You can do it for the fun of it, if you don't have anything smarter to do. Later on you can buy another neck if you destroy that one. Be sure not to take of too much.

I also must note that replacing the neck would be a lot easier option. No work there. With the sanding be prepared to do some quality thorough job, buying the right sandpaper, mesauring, resanding etc.

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LOL

When I read the title I was like "Uhm, I use Gilette Mach 3..." laugh.gif

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I agree with Ivan, if you have no use for your old neck, try it. Do a good job, and plan on buying a new neck as a plan B.

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May 20 2008, 04:29 PM
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I would not do this.

But for information purposes, Jimmy Page had his neck shaved on his 60 LP. The 60 les paul was a slim taper to start with, that was the first year of that "60's style" neck. Then again, that guitar would be worth a lot less because of that, were it not Jimmy Page's guitar.

But I think we can assume, Jimmy had the money to pay for the best advice, and most skilled people to work on his guitars.

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May 20 2008, 05:03 PM
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Somehow this reminded me now on some work that I did on my very first electric guitar... It was a black and white Flying V, this Michael Schenker model, and for some reason I wanted it to be completely white back then. So I got a can of spray paint, took off the strings, covered the pickups and about 10 minutes later I had a completely white guitar... and about another week later I sold it rolleyes.gif

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May 20 2008, 07:23 PM
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Why shave the neck.......it only grows backs tongue.gif

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