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  • #16
    If one hole is stripped, the other three probably aren't far from it. May as well go ahead and do the proper repair (dowel or threaded insert) to all four holes as long as the neck is detached anyway.


    No. Not necessarily. He says the other three the bind well, and I have no reason to doubt him.

    This could easily be a case of someone being over eager with one screw. The neck is hard wood, there is no reason for it just to give up it's grip on all four screws.

    If another fails, THEN it's time to address all four.

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    • #17
      There are neck inserts similar to what ashasha is talking about. The best option and less time consuming than doweling and so on.
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      • #18
        Takes about 5 min. to drill it 3/8th then dowel with a piece of 3/8th dowel and carpenter glue redrill with a 1/8th bit. Just put a piece of tape around the drill bit at the depth you want.
        Pretty easy fix.

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        • #19
          I have done many plug n redrills during refinishing and I avoid jumping unnessarily to a big dowel (like 1/4") just to make the job of flushing it up easier. Depending on the size of your neck bolts, you may have to go with 1/4". Anyway, my local ACE Hardware stocks 1/8" & 3/16" dowel rods. I drill out the hole accordingly, jam the dowel in with wood glue and clip off excess with angle cutters. Then after the glue dries I shave that excess off with a single edge razor blade. On the heel of the neck, you shouldn't have to worry about damaged finish, but I've used the same method (carefully) on pickguard holes and whatnot.
          Originally Posted by wedgehed II


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          • #20
            No. Not necessarily. He says the other three the bind well, and I have no reason to doubt him.

            This could easily be a case of someone being over eager with one screw. The neck is hard wood, there is no reason for it just to give up it's grip on all four screws.

            If another fails, THEN it's time to address all four.



            For precaution, he could hit the other three holes with super glue to harden/preserve the threads.
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            • #21
              For precaution, he could hit the other three holes with super glue to harden/preserve the threads.


              That's not a bad idea, but make sure you don't use the super thin super glue as it might actually seep through and discolour the fretboard.

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              • #22
                You have to be really careful drilling out the stripped hole. Similar to enlarging tuner holes in the peghead for different tuners. I just did this last week and the drill bit bound in the hole. I thought I was going to split the neck heel. I backed it out and got a clamp to support the sides of the neck. I dowelled all 4 holes that had evidently been dowelled before with ****************ty non-hardwood dowels, since they were all stripped out again. Make sure you get hardwood dowels. I only use toothpcks for pickguard screw holes and the like.
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                • #23
                  For my own guitars I'd do just one hole. I haven't seen dowel plugs smaller than 1/4" but they must exist and def would be the better way to go. When I do one for a customer, I do all 4 and tell them to leave it the phuck alone. I only so this so I'm sure the guitar won't be back for a repair I should've done first time.
                  The insert thang is a good option if you're R&Ring the neck frequently. But it can lead to problems if not done correctly. Things like having 2 inserts spin at the same time meaning you can't tighten them down and can't get the neck off. Another bone head customer did that very thing. I had to grab what I could of the bolts with dykes and drill the heads off. I charged him a Franklin to fix it. And I don't feel the least bit guilty.

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                  • #24
                    You can also soak softwood dowels in super-thin cyano and when they dry they're like turbo dowels.

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                    • #25
                      That's not a bad idea, but make sure you don't use the super thin super glue as it might actually seep through and discolour the fretboard.


                      Not really a good idea. Superglue is not flexible and won't breathe with the rest of the wood. Eventually the threads will loosen up because the glue gets crushed and pressed into the threads, the screws will not grip well, then you will be forced to drill and dowel. Superglue is far from the ideal glue for wood working. If nothing is currently wrong with the other holes, leave them alone.

                      A toothpick and friction is all the OP needs to remedy his problem.
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                      • #26
                        Not really a good idea. Superglue is not flexible and won't breathe with the rest of the wood. Eventually the threads will loosen up because the glue gets crushed and pressed into the threads, the screws will not grip well, then you will be forced to drill and dowel. Superglue is far from the ideal glue for wood working. If nothing is currently wrong with the other holes, leave them alone.

                        A toothpick and friction is all the OP needs to remedy his problem.
                        You either didn't read the post he was responding to or didn't understand the purpose of the CA. The tip actually comes out of Dan Erlewine's bag of tricks.

                        http://www.stewmac.com/tsarchive/ts0113.html
                        Originally Posted by wedgehed II


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                        • #27
                          You either didn't read the post he was responding to or didn't understand the purpose of the CA. The tip actually comes out of Dan Erlewine's bag of tricks.

                          http://www.stewmac.com/tsarchive/ts0113.html


                          I still don't like that method due to experiences with glued holes in other applications. It would not be my preferred method.
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                          • #28
                            Sounds to me like YOU are talking about the holes in the body? I, for one, very much DO want threads in my bolt-on necks.

                            AND I put threaded inserts in one of my basses (my test bass) and they are really good for a good tight joint! It improved the sound on that bass.


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                            • #29
                              I would try the Dan Erlewine fix before I started anything else. Squirt superglue in the hole and swirl it around with a toothpick- let it dry and repeat a few times. This should give the screw something to "bite" into and should fix the problem unless the hole is stretched way out.
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                              • #30
                                I only threw out the CA idea as a quicky way to preserve the other functioning threads. The worst that could happen is they fail anyway...call it destiny, no big deal. That whole bit he goes through to build up new threads with the thickened glue just seems like a ploy to sell their various CA products.
                                Originally Posted by wedgehed II


                                Instead of searching for intelligent life in the universe, NASA should send a probe to this thread.

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