Drill 1/8" (3.00mm) diameter string holes through the guitar body for all ferrules. If you continue without changing your settings, you're agreeing to receive all cookies on the StewMac website. Both have top mount bridges. Upload or insert images from URL. Should I start it with the drill then continue by hand? We use cookies on our website to make sure you get the best experience.   Your link has been automatically embedded. The larger bit for the ferrules is long enough. Also, I've seen long bits at places like Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware, etc. Paste as plain text instead, × String hole is 3/32". I don't recall the size bit (it's sitting at home), but I definately drilled for string through on my first axe (I was using a Carvin fixed bridge). The intended use of the 5/8" bit is to drill oversize hole to allow for finish overspray in the recess. On a drill press this drilled perfectly clean holes that that fit the neck bolt ferrules like a glove. They get real messy real quick. I recomend making sure that the kit have one that is a tad bigger than the ferrule, to make for the paint build up. you'll be fine with alder. Its also way over priced. ), computers, cooking. Ideal for flush-fit neck attachment ferrule installation (after all, there's no neck plate to hide ragged holes). well, for me, and im probably wrong, but i dont associate the insane sustain (not that a string thru will give you *that* much more) with a tele. You then put another 1/8″ drill, or dowel in this hole. × Find the proper fret position with the official Stewart-MacDonald Fret Calculator, Stewart-MacDonald is PCI compliant and validated for secure e-commerce. Both bits are forged steel with 8mm (5/16") shank. i was just cutting ebony last night with a forstner bit and she was smoking up a storm cause the rpms were to high. (I also have a stand for the drill, so it'll be straight). String guides and ferrules for building or repairing electric guitars and basses. Mickguard, December 11, 2004 in Tools and Shop Chat. We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied you may return it, unaltered, for a refund or exchange. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. On the other, I'd like to drill it for string through (I already have the ferrules). Ideal for flush-fit neck attachment ferrule installation (after all, there's no neck plate to hide ragged holes). If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Build the pedal that redefined overdrive. The improved version of the classic Fender Strat Bridge, The most consistent, top quality Strat® replacement body on the market today. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. Drill flat-bottom holes with smooth, clean edges. there's always next year's Tele for string-through. Make sure to order the correct size for the application though. Created with Sketch. Patented "Wave Cutter" flutes generate less heat, for longer life and efficient wood chip discharge. You can post now and register later. if you have to get a longer bit, just look around for one with a longer 'shank' thats what they call the lenght. We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied you may return it, unaltered, for a refund or exchange. Display as a link instead, × I have two telecaster clones that Im modifying for my Bocaster project. On the other, Id like to drill it for string through (I already have the ferrules). × Clear editor. I've read about some templates that guys have made that gave them good holes, even with a hand drill. Toggle menu. Fender's most popular pick shape in different materials. Personally, I prefer the look of the top mount, but that's a minor thing. The body is alder --a very lightweight alder --does that mean I should drill more slowly? any hardware store will have them, Drill bits are usualy longer than 3" if you can get one of those drill bit kits I will strongly recomend it.. Be aware that some of this ferrules, like I just found out on my neck ones use some akward size, but for the string thru ferrules I don't see any special bit needed, just go to a store, and ask a sales person to please open the kit for you to see if it will have one that fits. and you dont wanna mess something like that up. I have always used a standard length 1/8in bit (DeWalt in this case) on any Tele that I've built. Fisch Forstner Bit for Neck Ferrules Drill flat-bottom holes with smooth, clean edges. 5/8" bit (#4496) will create a slightly bigger hole than our Neck Attachment Ferrules, to accommodate finish overspray build-up in the drilled holes. Black Friday Sale! I've read about some templates that guys have made that gave them good holes, even with a hand drill.   You cannot paste images directly. 15mm bit (#4499) cuts a smaller hole for a tighter fit — best for oil finishes or thin, vintage-style finishes where build-up is not a factor. If you are using a Tele type bridge, the string through holes will line up perfectly with the holes in the bridge.....that is if everything is correctly drilled. Patented "Wave Cutter" flutes generate less heat, for longer life and efficient wood chip discharge.   Your previous content has been restored. I've seen some of those "messy" jobs...kind of ruins it. just watch out for woods like ebony, rosewoods, lignum, rock maple, ect. Don't recall the body thickness, but it's just as thick, if not thicker than the saga tele I slapped together over the summer. But the smaller bit, for the holes for the strings themselves is not. DON'T MISS A BEAT, sign up for StewMac news. Not an issue for one guitar--thats going to get a Bigsby eventually. My technique for drilling a straight line of holes for the string through ferrules on a guitar body. But what about using the bridge itself as a template? Bushing insert is 5/32" (4mm). i think litch did one and it looked pretty sketchy cause he rushed thru it. Is there another technique for doing this? Use these in conjunction with standard rear-mounted ferrules to eliminate stop tailpieces and add a clean look. By (6) chrome 4mm body top string ferrules for custom guitar applications. Don't make a new nut just to fix a low slot—fill it! Guitar building (duh!