I'm thinking of building a kit guitar. I have minimal skills, so for my first attempt, I'm looking at a pre-finished Warmoth Jazzmaster body. A friend has a couple of Strat necks he'd sell me cheap. He says that the Strat neck would work on the Jazzy body with no problems. Scale length is the same, he says. Just wondering if that is true.
Greg, I am not all-knowing. I know just enough to get into trouble though!
When you get the neck and the body, be careful when test fitting them. Do not lay the end of the neck flat in the end of the neck pocket and slide it horizontally into place, because the sides of the neck and the sides of the pocket are not parallel. If you do this, you risk cracking the finish on the body.
Instead, have the body laying face up on a table, and drop the neck straight down into place. The neck should drop in without having to press it into place. Do not force it (finish cracking risk again). If it takes more than gravity to push the parts together, stick a 1" strip of 220 sandpaper onto the side of a small wood block with double-stick tape or glue, and carefully sand the sides of the neck pocket. Do not sand the neck.
It usually takes about 10 minutes of sanding to remove enough finish build-up (not much at all) to get everything to slide nicely together. Sand slowly and carefully to keep both sides of the pocket nice and straight.
Be well, my brother.
Last Edit: Mar 31, 2020 9:20:36 GMT -5 by Peegoo 🏁
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Good advice about setting the neck into place. I probably would have done it wrong. Now I'm thinking of going with a Thinline Tele body from Warmoth. A friend has a Mexican Tele neck for cheap. Any issues with Mex-necks? I'm looking at the same pickups I just put into my Clapton Strat, Lindy Fralin Split Rails. But then it would sound the same as the Strat, right? What would you recommend for locking tuners? Bridge?