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What Size Drill Bit To Use For Fastening Holes In Neck?


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What size holes would you recommend for a regular strat-type (maple) neck? One of the holes in my near-finished frankenstein stripped (the neck is old) when changing it over so I've doweled/glued it and need to re-drill.

I know the screws are 4mm, but how much 'give' is there in maple? How much smaller can I get away with drilling for a tight fit without risking the neck splitting?

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I know the screws are 4mm, but how much 'give' is there in maple? How much smaller can I get away with drilling for a tight fit without risking the neck splitting?

I've gone away from the usual screw type connection in my builds. I'm using a cab bolt connection system. I build furniture as a hobby and have used this type of connection in some of my projects and it is very effective. The cab bolt has a large head and uses a barrel nut that is embedded (in the guitar I embedded the barrel nut in the base of the neck).

With this system you get a very strong tight fit, without fear of splitting the maple if over torquing like you could with regular threaded screws.

Here are couple of links to the guitars I built using this type of connection.

just my way of doing it.

http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=27631

http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=28607

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