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    Partscaster

    I put this together from parts I accumulated from eBay. Love the looks, how it plays, tone, everything about it I love, with one small exception. I've had a real battle getting the intonation right. I just figured out why. I made a stupid mistake. I put a 21 fret neck on a body built originally with a 22 fret neck. Anyone else done something like that, or am I alone in my stupidity.lol.

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    Sorry, I keep forgetting to post my pics.

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    No, you're not alone. I was building a 24" scale thinline and misplaced the bridge. By the time I discovered it was an issue, I'd drilled string-through holes and routed in a Taipan Tonebar, so there was no changing it. I ended up using the 1965 22.5" scale Musicmaster neck that I had on my CV Duosonic, and thankfully, there was enough saddle travel that I could intonate a 1971 24" scale Musicmaster neck on the CV. Stuff like that happens.

    Want to hear real dumb? I decided to try and buy a shorter scale neck for the thinline (before I robbed another guitar), so I bought a Squier Affinity Duosonic that was a 22.7" scale....an absolute POS, but I was happy to have found a short-scale neck for 100.00. I got home from buying it, and stared at it for a few minutes before I realized it had a headstock adjusting trussrod, and I needed a heel-adjust truss rod on the thinline because I was using the truss rod as the antenna for the wireless system. So, the Affinity Duosonic was useless to me. Doh!

    I could go on, lol, but you get the idea. I make every mistake at least once before I learn.......
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    Keep in mind that with the different number of frets the neck will join differently--technically you could use a different scale as well--but you may need to adjust the neck pocket--although it would certainly be easier to have a neck that already matches...
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    Look at the bright side- you will never make that mistake again!

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    All the strat's that I've worked on with a 22 fret neck had the same neck pocket and neck heel as a 21 fret. The 22nd fret was simply the fingerboard overhanging the neck heel...
    That should not be causing intonation issues, as the scale length from nut to bridge is still the same.


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    That's a really good point, Mike.

    What's the intonation issue, Ricklt? It's hard to tell from the picture, but are you running out of saddle travel? Which strings don't intonate?
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    Yep what Mike said is bang on. Which way are you running out of travel. Start with all your saddle's a all the way back then you just have to loosen them to move forward. If are all the way back & it's still sharp then you have to shim the back of the neck heal to move the neck forward. If you are almost there it should not take a lot. Most of the time a piece of an old credit card Will be enough. I worked on a Squire Strat once that had that neck you are using that had a big shim right from the factory that was a piece of plastic that was easily twice as thick as an average credit card.
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    Can get all but the low E. I need the saddle to move closer to the tail. Did not think about shimming the neck. That will probably solve my problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricklt View Post
    Can get all but the low E. I need the saddle to move closer to the tail. Did not think about shimming the neck. That will probably solve my problem...........
    If you only need a little bit more travel, you could remove the spring to get the saddle a bit further back.
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