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. Not an issue for one guitar--thats going to get a Bigsby eventually. Display as a link instead, × I went to the hardware store and it was the same story--the smaller the diameter of the bit, the shorter it is. Both bits are forged steel with 8mm (5/16") shank. also, what kind of wood are you cutting, should set up your drill press to the speed of the wood your cutting, else you can severely f* up your bits and wood real quick.   Your previous content has been restored. I have two telecaster clones that I'm modifying for my Bocaster project. By i was just cutting ebony last night with a forstner bit and she was smoking up a storm cause the rpms were to high. Both have top mount bridges. A better match on vintage guitars: the Relic Nickel plating has an aged look, perfect for repairing old guitars, when shiny hardware looks out of place. Upload or insert images from URL. Mickguard, December 11, 2004 in Tools and Shop Chat. Its also way over priced. Or are the holes in that too small? DON'T MISS A BEAT, sign up for StewMac news. String hole is 3/32". Use these in conjunction with standard rear-mounted ferrules to eliminate stop tailpieces and add a clean look. Build the pedal that redefined overdrive. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Ideal for flush-fit neck attachment ferrule installation (after all, there's no neck plate to hide ragged holes). Clear editor. Toggle menu. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Drill 1/8" (3.00mm) diameter string holes through the guitar body for all ferrules. Fender's most popular pick shape in different materials. If you plan to fit the ferrule with no finish in the hole, we recommend the 15mm bit. The body is alder --a very lightweight alder --does that mean I should drill more slowly? ** Current Guitar Of The Month contest **, Voting for November's Guitar of the Month competition is now open. Should I start it with the drill then continue by hand? make plenty of test cuts on scrap before you do the body. The intended use of the 5/8" bit is to drill oversize hole to allow for finish overspray in the recess. Patented "Wave Cutter" flutes generate less heat, for longer life and efficient wood chip discharge. You then use the same size drill bit to make a hole in a piece of wood or MDF which is large enough to cover your drill press table. 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. If it clogs, it will have a tendancy to wander and not give you a truehole to line up with you ferrules in the back......The length of the bit will just be enough to poke through the back of the body....A max of about 1.75in. Created with Sketch. We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied you may return it, unaltered, for a refund or exchange. Use the search function. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. Save on Over 900 Items. I have two telecaster clones that Im modifying for my Bocaster project. On a drill press this drilled perfectly clean holes that that fit the neck bolt ferrules like a glove. Created with Sketch. Bushing insert is 5/32" (4mm). But where do you find a drill bit that's thin enough but long enough to go all the way through the body? 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). But the smaller bit, for the holes for the strings themselves is not. On the other, I'd like to drill it for string through (I already have the ferrules). Yeah, look at around at some guys' string through jobs. You then put another 1/8″ drill, or dowel in this hole. The improved version of the classic Fender Strat Bridge, The most consistent, top quality Strat® replacement body on the market today. ), computers, cooking. Once you finish painting you can use a soldering Iron to ease the ferrule in. I recomend making sure that the kit have one that is a tad bigger than the ferrule, to make for the paint build up. I have always used a standard length 1/8in bit (DeWalt in this case) on any Tele that I've built. Anyway, thanks to your encouragement I think I'll just stay happy with the top mount..! 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. just watch out for woods like ebony, rosewoods, lignum, rock maple, ect. Not an issue for one guitar--that's going to get a Bigsby eventually. We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied you may return it, unaltered, for a refund or exchange. Make sure to order the correct size for the application though.   Your link has been automatically embedded. Is there another technique for doing this? alder isnt that tough. We hope this helps! On the other, Id like to drill it for string through (I already have the ferrules). Paste as plain text instead, × Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. Drill carefully, slowly about 1/8-1/4in at a time so you can clear the chips and avoid clogging the bit. I've seen some of those "messy" jobs...kind of ruins it. there's always next year's Tele for string-through. I've read about some templates that guys have made that gave them good holes, even with a hand drill. 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. Don't make a new nut just to fix a low slot—fill it! (I also have a stand for the drill, so it'll be straight). You also clamp it to the table, so that what you end up with is a 1/8″ hole directly in line with the drill in the press. Black Friday Sale! The larger bit for the ferrules is long enough. If you continue without changing your settings, you're agreeing to receive all cookies on the StewMac website. if you have to get a longer bit, just look around for one with a longer 'shank' thats what they call the lenght. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Should be 10- 15 dollars. Also, the bridge doesn't have the string through holes...yet. Guitar String Ferrules For mounting the strings through the body of a non-tremolo solidbody guitar.   You cannot paste images directly. etc. just a bit of warning. Personally, I prefer the look of the top mount, but that's a minor thing. We use cookies on our website to make sure you get the best experience.