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  • Removing guitar neck for shipping

    I noticed that a lot of sellers from the US aren't willing to ship guitars without removing the necks (bolt-on) prior to packing it. I think it's because of USPS's 42" restriction.

    Are there any side affects of reassembling the neck when it arrives?



    It's strange that that's the only shipping method they offer. I previously had a NECK-THRU guitar shipped to Australia from BeatStreetMusic. The guitar came in the biggest box I've ever seen (easily 50" tall) and was packed well enough to travel around the world, and they only charged $99 !
    I wonder how those guys did it.

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    Uh, not really. It's not that complicated, just screw it back in carefully.
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    • #3


      Are there any side affects of reassembling the neck when it arrives?



      You will want to reassemble the whole guitar once it arrives, not just the neck.
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      • #4
        the only trouble i could see you running into is if the neck was shimmed from the factory and the little piece of material used fell out. otherwise it should be as easy as tightening four screws can be.
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        • #5
          another potential "gotcha" would be if the neck has been previously removed so many times that the screw holes start to strip/wear out.
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          • #6
            I guessing you live in Australia. There are size limitations here which can double the price of shipping for the sender. The first time I ordered a guitar with the neck detached I was nervous about how it would effect the guitar too. However, there is nothing to it and in fact it is my best strat. Google it and you will find lots of information. Do it slowly, not too tight but snug. When it is starting to get snug, switch to opposing screw and so on.

            Some senders get better rates than others because they have deals going on with fedex or usps so there are major inconsistencies with shipping prices.
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            • #7
              I guessing you live in Australia. There are size limitations here which can double the price of shipping for the sender. The first time I ordered a guitar with the neck detached I was nervous about how it would effect the guitar too. However, there is nothing to it and in fact it is my best strat. Google it and you will find lots of information. Do it slowly, not too tight but snug.

              It's a shame that Australia is listed as one of the countries that senders are cautious about.

              The only thing I'm paranoid about is the neck moving. I had a Fender strat where I removed the neck, and the neck actually moved after I put on new strings, I then had the tighten it further (ouch!) just to make sure the neck was secure. It's pretty stable now, but I wouldn't dare touch the screws anymore.

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              • #8
                I hope the sender would have enough common sense to include that in the package.



                It's a shame that Australia is listed as one of the countries that senders are cautious about.

                The only thing I'm paranoid about is the neck moving. I had a Fender strat where I removed the neck, and the neck actually moved after I put on new strings, I then had the tighten it further (ouch!) just to make sure the neck was secure. It's pretty stable now, but I wouldn't dare touch the screws anymore.


                It's common for the neck to readjust a little after you put your strings on. Don't sweat it, their tougher than you think if your careful.
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                • #9
                  If it is an MIA strat it will have a mico-tilt adjustment in the neck heel. You would probably be best to back it off then screw the neck on. You can adjust it after when you do a proper setup.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the reassurance, guys.

                    While the guitar is disassembled, I might as well install some new pickups before reassembling it.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the reassurance, guys.

                      While the guitar is disassembled, I might as well install some new pickups before reassembling it.


                      You swap pickups before you have even heard how the ones on the guitar perform?
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                      • #12
                        You swap pickups before you have even heard how the ones on the guitar perform?

                        I'm really looking into getting the RG7321, and I have not heard any good things about their stock pickups.

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                        • #13
                          I'm really looking into getting the RG7321, and I have not heard any good things about their stock pickups.


                          I am not going to argue that, because i have never heard about that guitar - but isn't there just a slight, tiny, microscopic chance that maybe the pickups could work for you?

                          Not the same guitar, but the same story: When i got my mim strat i read a ****************load about them in the waiting time - and there is this consensus on the net that the stock pickups suck.
                          Suck, as in, golfballs through waterhoses suck. Suck as in, even indonesian budget guitars have better pickups, and so on... you probably know the drill.

                          Guess what, i really like my bog standard mim ceramic pickups and find that the guitar does sound nicely like a strat should...

                          Not saying that this applies to you, but it might?
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                          • #14
                            I guess you have a really good point there, but I'm thinking of going for something with a much higher output to suit my needs, which I highly doubt the stock pups

                            I've already thought of what I'll putting in the guitar

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                            • #15
                              I have both sent and received guitars w/the necks removed prior to shipping.

                              Not only is it less expensive, imo, it's a MUCH safer way to ship provided it's packed correctly.

                              Reassembly is easy, 4 bolts (or 3 ), tighten, but not to the point of stripping and you're good to go. Re-string and tune, then loosen the screws nearest the headstock A LITTLE, tighten the front screws a hair (might hear a "click"), tighten the rear ones again and you're done.
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