Sx Liquid Neck Who Shimmed Theirs?

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  1. blackheartsfan

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    Who has shimmed their SX Liquid neck? Did you use cardstock, a business card, plastic credit card? How low of an action were you able to achieve?
     
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    I've shimmed some Strat necks with business cards. I used 3 cards on my Jay Turser Strat and got the action crazy 80's shredder low without buzz.
     
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    It may be frowned upon, but I've used cereal box cardboard for shims on my Spectrum Strat. I try to use whatever I have laying around at times. It's similar to card stock and I only did it to get the bridge height adjustment screws below the tops of the saddles. I cut it so it matches the pocket size and use the painted side toward the neck.
     
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    Dont have a Liquid (have always wanted a 2P90 hardtail one)
    I shimmed the SX Hawk neck and several others using leftover maple cabinet laminate.
     
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    I've shimmed strat necks with old gift cards, rewards cards etc.
     
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    You could also shim a guitar with guitar shims.

    Just an option.

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    I shimmer mine with coarse sandpaper.
     
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    I thought about those but they're not cheap however, if you're a pro time is money and these would definitely save time:

    http://www.stewmac.com/Materials_an...--wG3Y5_FrXCXdhdYGb0-twMo8fAOfaxoCNLQQAvD_BwE

    When the time comes for me to shim a couple (and it will be soon), I'm doing something similar to what @jtcnj did but using the top maple veneer layer from laminated flooring scraps instead...
     
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    Thank you all for the suggestions and relating what you have used successfully.

    It appears that mine will the heel raised approximately 1/16th of an inch or so thus more than likely two or more pieces will be required. It is comforting to know some have used more than one piece as I've only ever seen two neck shims, one a single piece of thin "rectangular"-shaped cardstock that didn't extend to the sides of the neck heel, it was placed "inside" of the screw holes, the other a piece that went completely across and followed the contour of the heel, in both cases it was on a Strat.

    As for the Liquid neck it doesn't look as if there are any "high" frets so shimming the neck should be a straightforward job next string change.
     
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    You could do it without changing strings. I just loosen the strings a little, capo at the 1st fret, and unbolt the neck, shim, then bolt back up.
     
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    the capo thing keeps things a little more organized.
    I should do that but Never remember, since I have several nuts that were replaced but never glued in. I'm down to 3 out of 6 or so.

    On reinstalling all wood screws, I spin the screw backwards first to find the existing thread track.
     
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    I think I saw a Stew-Mac video where Dan Erlewine recommends lubing the screws with a little wax...
     
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    A great tip, I've found dragging a screw across dry "bar soap" (like Ivory) also works well, I feel it's a bit more "slippery" than wax. A bar of Dove soap which is loaded with moisturizers might also lubricate screws really well but I haven't tried it.



    jctn:

    That's another great tip, as a bus/coach diesel mechanic it's something I always do whether working on machines/engines etc. or carpentry projects/guitars, it helps prevent chewing up the wood and obliterating the existing "threads".

    All-in-all just turning the screw counter-clockwise (loosen) a few turns then clockwise (tighten) once you feel it "slip"/"click" (and drop down slightly) results in a much "tighter" joint.
     
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    Be careful with soaps as some can promote corrosion. At least most soaps today aren't lye-based!
     
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    All-in-all just turning the screw counter-clockwise (loosen) a few turns then clockwise (tighten) once you feel it "slip"/"click" (and drop down slightly) results in a much "tighter" joint.[/QUOTE]

    EXACTLY what I was describing.

    I have used the soap or wax thing over the years as well but usually on the first run in.
    I used a wax toilet bowl ring and stuck the screws in standing up while laying the decking when I rebuilt my rear patio deck a few years back. Worked very well.
     
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    A luthier friend of mine recommends cutting up squares of metal door screen. Grips the neck and body and helps prevent neck shift, especially if the pocket isn't really tight. Or if your working on a moron's bass who can't play very well so he plays really hard and tends to yank on necks.

    But I wouldn't know anything about that....:whistle::tonguewink:
     

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