Neck Pocket Dimensions
Warmoth adheres to Fender's® USA vintage/original neck pocket dimensions in all our offerings (except when noted).
Strat®-style and Tele®-style neck pockets measure the same. The critical dimensions are:
- Width = 2-3/16" (56 mm)
- Length = 3" (76 mm)
- Pocket Depth = 5/8" (16 mm)
Neck Pocket Shapes
Strat® and Tele® neck pockets share the same dimensions, but they are not always interchangeable due to their different shapes. A Tele® neck has a squared heel, while a Strat® neck's heel is rounded:
A Strat®-shape heel fits best in a Strat®-shaped pocket. It will also fit and intonate in a Tele®-shaped pocket, but will leave small gaps in the corners of the neck pocket. A 22 fret neck's fretboard overhang would cover the gap:
A Tele®-shape heel only fits in a Tele®-shaped pocket. It will not fit or intonate in a Strat® pocket without neck pocket modification:
Most Warmoth replacement guitar bodies use the rounded Strat®-style neck pocket. Only Tele® bodies use the squared Tele®-style pocket (except when noted). Use the information below to help you choose:
Bodies with Strat®-style pocket:
- All Strat® bodies except the Hybrid Strat®
- Most other 6 string guitar bodies
- Hybrid Tele® body
Bodies with Tele®-style pocket:
- All Tele® bodies except Hybrid Tele® and Tele® Deluxe
- Hybrid Strat® body
An opposite-of-standard neck pocket (e.g., a Tele® pocket on Strat® body) can be custom-ordered on most 6-string bodies for an extra $15. Bodies routed with odd pockets are NOT returnable. If you plan to use a pickguard on such a body you must be certain you match the neck pocket shapes correctly.
Other Heels and Pockets
A few Warmoth guitar bodies, such as the Super 7 and Bass 6, use different dimensions.
3-Bolt compatible pockets are available. We drill and rout for all the screws and round plate.
Available on Strat® and Tele® bodies.
- Yes, we can do 3 bolt necks.
- No, we don't have the 3-bolt hardware.
This custom feature option is $15 extra.
We offer two different angles. The big angle is for use with the Gibson Tune-O-Matic type bridges,
the Gotoh 510 bridge and the Schaller 456 bridge (all stud mount). The small angle is for use with a non-recessed Floyd Rose bridge rout to minimize any need for neck shims.
This custom feature option is $10 extra.
- Bodies that already require an angled neck pocket because of being a carved top or because of a particular bridge choice are NOT eligible for this additional modification.