How to Replace a Fender Stratocaster Neck

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How to Replace a Fender Stratocaster Neck
Modify your Stratocaster with a new guitar neck. (James Woodson/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The Fender Stratocaster is a classic electric guitar, so if you're modifying it or replacing guitar parts, you'd better do it right. Replacing a guitar neck is a major modification for any guitar, but unlike replacing electronics or refinishing a guitar, you don't need specialised training and tools. This is good news if your Stratocaster's neck has been seriously damaged, or if you're interested in guitar modification and want to start with a small project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Work bench
  • Towel or mat
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Cover your work bench with a towel or mat. Place your Stratocaster on the work bench.

  2. 2

    Remove the guitar strings. Loosen the tuning pegs and pull the ends of the strings through the back plate (also called a tremolo cover).

  3. 3

    Turn your Stratocaster over so that the fretboard is facing the work bench.

  4. 4

    Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the four screws holding the neck and neck plate in place. Remove the neck plate.

  5. 5

    Turn the Stratocaster over and slide the neck out of the neck pocket. Slide the neck out slowly and carefully to avoid damaging the guitar's finish.

  6. 6

    Slide on the new Stratocaster neck. Replace the neck plate and four screws.

  7. 7

    Restring your Stratocaster.

Tips and warnings

  • Use only Fender Stratocaster necks. Other necks may not fit. If you do plan on using a different guitar neck, measure the neck pocket to ensure it will fit your Stratocaster body.

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