guitar neck joint

Sometimes a guitar’s bolt-on neck needs a shim. Find out why and learn how to shim a neck the right way.

Recently a client brought an older Fender Telecaster into the shop for a setup. The action was really high, but the saddles had run out of adjustment and couldn't drop any lower. After careful inspection, I determined that the neck needed a shim to fix the problem. Fortunately, shimming a bolt-on neck isn't too hard. In fact, if you're handy with basic tools you can do this yourself, but you need to understand the process and know what mistakes to avoid. Let's investigate.

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