Nectite Threaded Inserts are a relatively new product so many people are, of course, reluctant to drill holes into their favourite guitars – we get it! That’s why we compiled this collection of answers to common questions.
If your question isn’t answered here, please reach out via our contact form.
How hard is it to install Nectite threaded inserts on my guitar?
- Installing threaded inserts is easy! We recommend you carefully read the instructionsand practice installation inserts on scrap wood before drilling into your favourite guitar. Instructions are available on our download page
Will Nectite Threaded Inserts work with my guitar?
- If you want to replace existing screws, measure them and buy new screws of similarlength. Easy.
- If not, take a look at the image below. Measure the thickness of the body at the neckpocket, it’s usually between 20 – 30mm. Fender Stratocasters have about 28mm, and 45mm screws are the perfect length. My J-Bass has 24mm, so I installed the 40mm screws.
- If your guitar uses a variety of screw lengths, or you need more than 4 screws, that’s noproblem, just get in contact.
Will it change the sound of my guitar?
- No, the original sound character of the intrument will not change. Nectite Threaded Inserts will help to get the best possible sound out of your instruments, by providing a durable and stable joint between the neck and the body of your instrument.
- It removes sound problems (like dead spots on the fretboard, poor sustain) that might have been caused by a wobbly neck joint or outworn screws and screwsholes.
What tools do I need?
- We suggest a drill press in order to get perfect, perpendicular holes but you can alsouse a drilling machine or power drill. For the M4 inserts you need a 5mm drill bit; for the M5 inserts you need an 8.5mm drill bit.
- We suggest countersinking the holes to create a nice, bevelled edge.
- All new orders will ship with our Threaded Insert Mounting Tool, which you will need to place the inserts inside your guitar.
- We suggest using a t-shaped Hex Driver or Allen Key – a bit easier to use than theIKEA-style keys.
- Some people use a bench drill with a Hex Bit to place the inserts, turning the bit holderby hand. This is described in the instructions.
Which screws should I use: M4 or M5?
- Look at the heads of the original screws. Many guitars built in Asia have slightly bigger heads than a standard Fender. Also check the holes in the neck plate you plan to use.
The M4 screws have a 7.3mm diameter head; the M5 screws have a 9mm diameter head. Small screws don’t look good on some neck plates.
- M5 screws are larger and heavier than M4 screws. If you want maximum rigidity,choose the M5 kit. 4 screws, with inserts, will add about 50g to your instrument.
I jammed the thread of an insert/screw, what do I do?
- That’s a problem, but not the end of the world. I’m happy to replace screws and inserts,no questions asked, if you cover the shipping costs. Please get in contact
What else can Nectite Threaded Inserts be used for?
- Who hasn’t worn out a strap pin on their guitar? I use Nectite Threaded Inserts on my strap pins and to mount tremolo springs. Please check out our Mini Threaded Inserts, which have many uses!