Proper height from Jazzmaster body to fret board?

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Proper height from Jazzmaster body to fret board?

Post by hamletpowpowpow » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:48 pm

Howdy!

I'm building up a Jazzmaster. I have an AVRI spec body from Guitar Mill, and unfortunately, the neck pocket is too shallow for the neck that I have.

I'm having a luthier route the pocket for me, and I'm sure he knows what he's doing - but for my own edification, what's the suggested height of the fretboard to the body when used with a mastery?

Thanks!

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Re: Proper height from Jazzmaster body to fret board?

Post by adamrobertt » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:30 am

I think the neck pocket should be 5/8'' deep. That's where I'd start.

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Re: Proper height from Jazzmaster body to fret board?

Post by hamletpowpowpow » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:10 am

Thank you!
adamrobertt wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:30 am
I think the neck pocket should be 5/8'' deep. That's where I'd start.

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Re: Proper height from Jazzmaster body to fret board?

Post by Debaser » Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:36 pm

How shallow is it? I know some people say vintage offsets have shallow pockets from the factory, but I’ll believe it when I see it myself.

You actually would be fine if the overall geometry works out. Elevating the neck will help with the bridge break angle.
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Re: Proper height from Jazzmaster body to fret board?

Post by mbene085 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:37 pm

Debaser wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:36 pm
You actually would be fine if the overall geometry works out. Elevating the neck will help with the bridge break angle.
This has been exactly my experience. I've had a couple bodies with shallow neck pockets, and all they did was eliminate the need for a shim. The bridge ended up a height equivalent to maybe a 1 degree shim on an average body with non angled pocket, so the break angle was lovely and the pickups could still use standard screws with just a little more foam than average packed under there.

I'd do a dry run of assembling the neck/body/bridge/vibrato and see how it looks.

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