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Necks & Bodies

An Introduction to Fender Necks & Bodies

Fender replacement bodies and necks are made at Fender manufacturing facilities to the exact same specifications as those used on our instruments.

Contours, finishes, fret sizes and all other materials are designed and crafted in genuine Fender fashion.

Urethane-finished bodies of select alder and ash have a special thin undercoat for increased resonance. U.S.-made necks have detailed frets, satin finishes on the back and hand-rolled fingerboard edges for comfortably smooth playability. All bodies and necks are sanded and hand-finished by accomplished Fender craftsmen.

  • An Introduction to Fender Necks & Bodies

How-To Videos

  • Attaching a Neck to a Body

    Attaching a Neck to a Body

    Tips and tricks for swapping out an instrument neck, from sanding the neck pocket to attaching the neck plate.

  • Installing a Tremolo Bridge

    Installing a Tremolo Bridge

    The proper installation of a tremolo bridge on a new Fender body and how to “float" a vintage-style tremolo.

  • Installing a Pickguard and Output Jack

    Installing a Pickguard and Output Jack

    How to keep your Stratocaster looking and sounding great by installing a new pickguard and output jack.

  • Installing Fender Tuning Machines

    Installing Fender Tuning Machines

    How to install tuning machines on Fender replacement necks, which are pre-drilled to make the task quick and easy.

  • Installing a String Tree

    Installing a String Tree

    Mastering string tree installation on a genuine Fender replacement neck.

  • Filing a Nut

    Filing a Nut

    The proper method for filing the nut on a genuine Fender neck, including how to select the right nut file and accurately gauge the action.

Frequently Asked Questions

Possibly, but we recommend that Fender replacement necks and bodies be used with Fender instruments. Although aftermarket necks and bodies may appear quite similar to real Fender necks and bodies, they are not authentic Fender products.

It’s entirely likely, for example, that non-Fender aftermarket necks and bodies are not crafted to the exact same specs used by Fender. There may be variations in important elements such as neck pocket and neck heel width and height, bridge and pickup mounting alignment and spacing, and other pre-drilled and routed areas that do not meet Fender specifications.

In most cases, yes—replacement Fender necks will fit vintage-style guitars. The neck pocket width, however, may need to be adjusted in some cases.

In general, keep in mind that modern necks and bodies are designed for modern instruments, and vintage-style necks and bodies are designed for their vintage-style counterparts.

In either case, we recommend that Fender neck and body installation be performed by a Fender Authorized Service Center. Further, please note that modifying a Fender replacement neck or body voids its warranty.

No. Because Jaguar and Mustang guitars are short-scale instruments, standard-scale Stratocaster and Telecaster necks are not compatible with them.

Possibly. Telecaster necks can be fitted to Stratocaster bodies, and Stratocaster necks can be fitted to Telecaster bodies, but neck pocket modifications may be necessary.

Stratocaster neck heels are rounded, whereas Telecaster neck heels are squared. In either case, there will consequently be a gap between the end of the neck and the top of the guitar body at the neck pocket. While this gap is minimal, you may want to have a custom pickguard made to address the resulting inconsistency. Further, please note that modifying a Fender replacement neck or body voids its warranty.

Yes. Although there may be slight variations because Fender necks are shaped, sanded and finished by hand, the neck heel of both basses has basically the same shape. Because these necks and bodies are designed to work with their own counterparts, however, the fit cannot be guaranteed.

“Vintage-style" bodies are pre-drilled and routed to accommodate vintage-style Fender hardware.

“Modern" bodies accommodate contemporary Fender hardware.

We highly recommend having replacement neck and body installation work performed by qualified service personnel at a Fender Authorized Service Center. The installation process involves several key steps, and trained service experts can ensure correct installation and setup procedures to ensure the best possible playing performance.

Visit www.fender.com/dealers/service-centers to find a Fender Authorized Service Center, and please note that you are responsible for compensating the facility for installation, setup or modification work for your new Fender neck or body.

All instrument bodies have shielding paint applied to the control cavity to help reduce unwanted electrical noise.

Holes for bridge mounting, neck mounting, tremolo claw (Stratocaster) and strap buttons are pre-drilled.

U.S.-made modern Stratocaster and Telecaster bodies include the Micro-Tilt™ assembly (with adjustment screw), and U.S.-made modern Stratocaster bodies have pre-installed bridge pivot posts.

Telecaster bodies have pre-installed output jack retainer clips.

Replacement necks are conveniently pre-drilled for body mounting and tuners. They also feature pre-slotted string nuts, Fender logo decals and serial numbers.

Yes. As noted above, Fender replacement necks and bodies are pre-drilled for properly aligned neck-to-body installation. Electric guitar necks and bodies are designed to fit their model counterparts (i.e., Stratocaster neck to Stratocaster body; Telecaster neck to Telecaster body). Fender Precision Bass and Jazz Bass necks and bodies are interchangeable, as they share scale length and neck heel shape (see the “Choosing the Right Neck and Body" FAQ for greater detail on this topic).

No. See “What pickguard should I use?" below.

Any one you like that’s suitable for your instrument. Fender pickguards are available for most instrument models in a variety of styles, colors, materials and pickup/control configurations. Pickguard mounting holes are not pre-drilled into Fender replacement bodies, so you can choose the pickguard that suits you.

To install a full-size humbucking pickup on a body routed for a single-coil pickup, pickup cavity modification may be necessary to accommodate the larger pickup size. We highly recommend that this be done by qualified service personnel at a Fender Authorized Service Center, and please note that modifying a Fender replacement body voids its warranty.

Several Fender instructional videos found above can help on a variety of installation topics, including neck and body assembly, hardware installation, pickguard/accessory kit installation and much more. Fender’s “video library" will be added to continually, so stay tuned.

No hardware is included*. Fender offers a wide variety of hardware components that will fit your Fender neck or body with no need for modification. Many components are available in complete assemblies that include all required mounting hardware, although there are a few items that are sold individually without mounting hardware. Your Authorized Fender Dealer can help you identify parts needed for your instrument, or you can purchase hardware directly from the Fender Online Store (www.fender.com/store).

* Exceptions include pre-installed output jack retainer clips on Telecaster guitar bodies, pre-installed bridge pivot posts on U.S.-made modern Stratocaster bodies, and pre-installed Micro-Tilt™ assemblies on U.S.-made modern Stratocaster and Telecaster bodies.

Vintage-style hardware is made to the same general specifications as Fender hardware from the 1950s through the 1970s, with spacing, mounting configurations, functions and other design elements typical of that period.

Modern hardware is designed for Fender instruments from the 1980s to the present.

Possibly, but doing so will likely void the warranty as it often involves modifying the instrument neck or body (instruments must usually be modified in order to accommodate a different style of hardware).

We highly recommend taking Fender replacement necks and bodies to Fender Authorized Gold- or Silver-level service personnel should such modifications be deemed necessary. Please note that you are responsible for compensating a Fender Authorized Service Center for modification work on Fender replacement necks and bodies.

Yes. Pre-slotted string nuts are included on Fender replacement necks, although string-slot depth will require adjustment for proper setup (this is not covered under the warranty). We highly recommend having Fender Authorized Gold- or Silver-level service personnel perform slot depth adjustments. Please note that you are responsible for compensating a Fender Authorized Service Center for modification work on Fender replacement necks and bodies.

No. Although they are not included on Fender replacement necks, a wide selection of tuners that will fit them directly is available from your local Authorized Fender Dealer and for direct purchase from the Fender online store (www.fender.com/store).

No. String ferrules must be purchased from your local Authorized Fender Dealer or from the Fender online store (www.fender.com/store).

No. Although output jack retainer clips are pre-installed on Telecaster bodies, jacks and jack ferrules (cups) must be purchased separately from your local Authorized Fender Dealer or from the Fender online store (www.fender.com/store).

The one-year limited warranty on necks and bodies only covers defects in materials and workmanship. Please read the Fender® Genuine Neck And Body 1-Year Limited Warranty for more information.

No. Fender’s limited lifetime instrument warranty is only applicable to complete instruments produced by FMIC (Fender Musical Instruments Corp.) in one of its manufacturing facilities.

A qualified Fender Authorized Service Center has the tools and the expertise required to perform a proper installation of your genuine Fender replacement neck or body. A proper installation will preserve the component’s warranty coverage. An improper installation may cause damage and result in the voiding of the warranty.

An online listing of Fender Authorized Service Centers in the United States and Canada is available at www.fender.com/dealers/service-centers. International consumers are advised to ask their Fender dealer for a referral to qualified local service personnel.

Visit www.fender.com/dealers/service-centers to find a Fender Authorized Service Center near you.

Genuine Fender replacement necks and bodies may be authenticated by their “Genuine Fender Parts" laser brands. Necks are branded on the bottom of the neck at the heel. Bodies are branded on the back between the pre-drilled neck mounting holes.

No. Fender’s online registration page will only accept registration of complete Fender-manufactured instruments with corresponding serial numbers. There is no requirement to register any individual component neck or body, but save your original receipt, as it is your proof of purchase to validate any potential warranty claim.

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