How exacting does an Ibby neck need to be for the body?

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  1. Hollowway

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    I bought a Jem Jr, and I want to put a new neck on it (with a maple FB), but the neck pocket is going to be 1 to 1.5 bigger than the replacement neck. Should I keep looking, or can I just shim the sides? I’m just doing this for myself, so I can have a poor man’s 777.
     
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    I mean i would go slow and just sand it myself until it fits.
    But thats me hahaha
     
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    Why such as mismatch?

    Honestly, you don't even have to shim it, if it holds it holds. Bolt everything together and see what you're working with.
     
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    One and a bit mm isn't a great deal. I've seen worse on a lot of new guitars.
     
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    Ya, the pocket is bigger, so there will be no sanding. I was just worried about the neck play.
     
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    It’s just a neck on eBay from one of those replacement neck seller guys. He said it’s a 56.5-57” width, and the Jr is 58”. I know Wizard style necks have varied in width over the years, so I wanted to see how much “wiggle room” was acceptable.
     
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    Welp, just ordered it. I’ll keep you guys posted on it. I’m hoping I can get off my lazy ass and actually do it, rather than have it sit there for a decade like my Warmoth stuff.
     
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    Please, don't forget the pictures, you know we can't follow this without pictures, right? :D
     
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    Pretty sure on bolt ons the sides don't provide any structural support to the neck itself. I think it is all the bolts and the friction between the heel and the neck. But I could be wrong.

    But anyway should be awesome. Have fun!
     
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    ... I'll add that if the neck holds in the pocket without the bolts, then the sides are doing something...
     
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    yeah sorry about that. I read the post first thing this morning when I woke up and just didnt read it properly haha.
     
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    Hmm good call.
     
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    I had a similar problem but it was more than a few mm, try about 1 CM each side.

    This is a call to anyone looking to buy Ibanez parts, pay VERY close attention to the year. Even if it's the right neck for the right body, Ibanez like to change dimensions while keeping the same name.

    For example I bought a RG7 neck to fit an RGA7 body. They used the same neck (I can't recall which it was called) but some year Ibanez just changed the neck width and kept it the same name, so I got the new neck and had large gaps either side.

    Easy fix, but pain in the ass in the first place. Just put a small shim either side and sand carefully to keep the neck aligned. The shim's aren't 100% necessary but they keep it looking tight especially if you're going to refinish.
     
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