ammoon Neck-Fen-Strat-Maple Replacement Maple Neck Fingerboard for Fender Strat Stratocaster Electric Guitar
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- Designed for electric guitar.
- The neck is made of high quality imported Canadian maple.
- The fingerboard is fitted with black dots (position markers) and 22 frets.
- 10mm head machine peg holes for tuner installation.
- Adjustable truss rod has been installed at the headstock.
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Specifications: neck wood: maple position mark dots: black width at nut: approx. 4.2cm / 1.65in heel width: 5.6cm / 2.2in heel depth: approx. 2cm (0.8in); with fingerboard 2.6cm (1in) frets: 22 frets peg holes diameter: 10mm / 1.4-inch. Guitar neck total length: approx. 67cm / 26.4in guitar neck weight: 555g / 19.5 oz. Package size: 70 x 10 x 5cm / 27.5 x 3.9 x 2-inch. Package weight: 716g / 25.2oz package including: 1 x strat style guitar neck.
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Both necks are nice looking maple, one has some birdseye, and the other curly, running through them. They are coated with sanding sealer, it sands right off clean and smooth for lacquering. To me it's just there to protect the neck until I get my mitts on it.
This is a one-piece neck, no asia cut below the headstock. Frets are medium wire, almost jumbo (comparing to my other jumbo fret necks). If you like fat frets these are fine. Fret ends required little dressing, they were pretty smooth. Fingerboard is good hard maple, with square ends that are easily rounded with a 4-in-one file. Tuner holes are already sized for modern tuners. No problem with either truss rod, just break it loose the first time firmly turning to the left to loosen. It's common for some glue to hold them up at first. I drilled out the black plastic dot inlay and put in abalone. All you need is a 1/4" brad point drill bit and 6mm dots. Sand the heel the way you want it, I like mine sleek and smooth. I'm including a pic at this point, ready to spray with nitro.
*UPDATE* ordered my 4 tomtop neck, and it was awful. Had over and 1/8" of heal to nut twist and it had extreme bow that the truss rod couldn't adjust. It looked like a twisted banana. So you may get a lemon....A refund was given so I will order a new one and will update my review when it gets here.
The reason I give this only 3 stars is because:
* The one I ordered came in with the truss-rod over-tightened and the neck warped forward (which is the stress the strings are going to put on it eventually. There's really no excuse for over-tightening a truss rod in manufacturing. If anything, one wants the exact opposite.
* The truss-rod access point is small and lacks any provision for a traditional cover. It will require filing, sanding and finishing to add any kind of hole cover... and even then the truss hole will be exposed unless a custom cover is built.
* The truss rod itself wasn't precisely aligned and was very difficult to access with a hex-wrench.
So bottom line... outer quality pristine... inner workings leave much to be desired.
The typical choice in this situation is to return and order until I get one that is good inside and out. I need a guitar neck and that's the only option one has when quality control isn't up to snuff. As I've read other users here with similar issues with this neck, I'd say they need to add a "tester" person to their line to make sure the neck is straight, the rod adjusted properly, and the neck in quality-control mode before going out the door.
Since one can buy complete guitars (with finished, straight necks) for about $80... surely companies can make a reliable $35 neck with equal quality.
The price is great. They just need one more step of "before it goes out the door" inspection.
EDIT: I re-ordered the neck and sent back the first one. As with the first, the second neck came in warped forward... which really isn't good. However, the truss rod in this one was much better aligned than the first one and it was straight in no time. The wood grain on this one is both more interesting but also has a "blotch" near the first fret (natural color, not a stain). Other than that the neck is good quality. So I have to agree that this is one of those "if you get a good one..." items that is a decent buy if that happens. I've been wanting a white maple neck and this does seem a reasonable, low-cost purchase.
Of course, it's neither the density nor quality of a true Strat neck... but it should do the job if someone needs a replacement neck or hobbyist project and doesn't want to pay $150 or more for a guitar neck. Just don't be surprised if you get a lemon and have to return and re-order.
If you have the tools and know what you are doing, this neck is a bargain. If you don't , invest in something more expensive but that doesn't require a visit to the luthier shop.
You will have to level the frets, crown them, file the edges, smooth out the peg holes, file the nut, replace/redo the fretboard markers (mine has like 6 of them which are not even perfectly rounded, one is even broken).
The only thing I can't complain about this neck is the price and the paint job. It's a nice satin finish. Not oily, not glossy, just perfect smooth and fast satin.
1 star gets knocked off for the fretwork (that was to be expected) and the other for the poor inlay work (I wasn't actually expecting that one, since it's such an easy job to do, but sort of hard to repair.)