This ace 80's Japanese Fender Stratocaster was brought in as the customer wanted the original neck to be refurbished so it could be used with the body again.
The neck was removed with the screws fully tightened at some point in it's life, causing a lot of damage to the neck. The customer had glued the cracks himself, but the neck needed a full refret before it could be playable again.
The customer also wanted a roller nut fitted along with locking tuners which he purchased due to his tremolo heavy playing style.
Details and photos of the restoration is below!
The roller nut was then installed, carefully marking out how much neck material needed to be removed to allow the wider nut to sit in the neck.
This was all done by hand to allow precise installation of the roller unit.
The install was made more challenging due to the fact this was am 80's Japanese neck, so the nut slot was deeper than the more modern strats that the roller nut was designed to fit.
Custom shims were made and installed to allow the action at the nut to be tweaked with the metal shims supplied with the unit, during the guitar setup process.
The solution was a second precise level of the neck, while the neck was under tension, with the goal of removing the high part of the center of the frets. This was possible due to the brand new frets having a lot of crown height, and our fret leveling process preserves as much of the fret height as possible. Although this isn't an ideal solution, it was the only one possible that would give the customer what he wanted, as a fingerboard reprofile on a vintage neck wasn't within budget, nor would it preserve the originality of the neck.
The pictures above show the neck once it was fully finished and ready for restring and setup.