To neckplate or not to neckplate, that is the question

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runner

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I saw a post on this website where someone countersunk the neck screws instead of using a neckplate.  Are there any advantages/disadvantages of doing this other than cosmetic reasons?

Will Warmoth countersink the holes for you before the neck is finished if you buy a custom pre-finished neck?

Oh... and if you pay extra, will they clean out and finish the holes (tuners, switches etc.) so the hardware is all ready for installation?

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GoDrex

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I'm going to say no, Warmoth won't do that for the neck connection.

Tuners holes are drilled - but not for the guide screws. Also they do all the control holes and bridge route.

Have you looked over Warmoth.com? They pretty much explain everything. Just look at the type of body and neck you want and most of the options are shown on that page.
 

Funky Phil

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I think this has been discussed before, but...

Go with the plate, if you want warmoth to drill holes in neck and body.
If you don't want a plate, you will need to order both neck and body without holes, and then drill for neck mounting ferrules.
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Hardware,_parts/Electric_guitar:_Ferrules/Neck_Mounting_Ferrules.html

The reason is that the normal holes are too close to the edges of the body to use the ferrules.

I don't know about the other question (Oh... and if you pay extra, will they clean out and finish the holes (tuners, switches etc.) so the hardware is all ready for installation?), but judging from your first question, I would stick with the (much more straighforward) neck plate.  :icon_smile:
 
R

runner

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Thanks for the info.  I've looked at their website quite a bit but I didn't see anything that dealt with how "finished" the final product was.  So now I know! 
 

DangerousR6

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Funky Phil is correct, the "normal" location of the mounting holes are to close to the edge and would break thru if you tried to use the ferrules. The one you most likely saw on the forum was this one from Watershed, he doweled the original holes and redrilled the neck pocket hole in a smaller pattern to allow for the use of the counter bored holes..
NeckJoint2.jpg
 

Wana_make_a_guitar

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Plus, if you get a plate, you could get a custom order 'what ever you want-ish' DangerousR6 neckplate.

Edit: which are AWESOME!
 

Kostas

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I prefer no plate myself but you will have to order (not buy from the showcase) both the body & neck and ask for no holes. Then you will have to drill them yourself or pay someone else to do it.
 

ZGOZZ

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Kostas said:
I prefer no plate myself but you will have to order (not buy from the showcase) both the body & neck and ask for no holes. Then you will have to drill them yourself or pay someone else to do it.

Or you can dowel the holes and re drill.
 
R

runner

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Sounds like too much trouble to me.  I'm going with the neckplate.  I would have gone without f Warmoth could have done the mods. 
 
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