Bastin Guitar Neck

from Matt Bastin:


The Bastin guitar neck is intended for use with bodies designed to mate with a 25.5" scale, 4-bolt, 21-fret neck as found on a standard Fender Stratocaster. A 5/8" pocket depth is required. The neck heel is rounded and therefore this overall configuration has the highest inclusion rate for FMIC and FMIC derivative guitar bodies. Non-FMIC bodies, or FMIC bodies that use a shorter scale, 22 fret neck (without overhang), or 3-bolt neck joint may not be compatible without modification to one or more components. The issues of scale (intonation) and fit are very nuanced once outside of these criteria. If in doubt, please ask.


Single T-6061 Aluminum Billet - Fully CNC Machined

Scale Length: 25.5"
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Frets: 21 / Stainless Steel
Nut Width: 1.675"
Nut Material: Aluminum
Thickness at 1st: 0.705"
Thickness at 12th: 0.741"

Tuners: Sperzel Locking Tuners w/ Graduated Post Height

Total Weight: 3.15lbs


(1) Bastin Guitar Bolt-On Neck, fully assembled and finished (Sperzel tuners included)

(1) chrome 4-bolt neck plate

(4) 10-24 x 1.5" stainless steel machine screws

(1) black oxide drill bit (for upsizing through-holes in body)

(1) small sheet 0.005" stainless steel shim stock (for shimming neck pocket sidewalls if necessary)

(2) 0.016", (2) 0.020", (2) 0.030" stainless steel round shims (for added neck angle on offsets / trem guitars)

(1) set D'Addario EXL115 strings

(1) serving Mother’s Polish

(2) microfiber polishing rags


Each hand-cut aluminum nut will be fashioned to accommodate the following maximum string gauges.

e - 0.013"
b - 0.016"
g - 0.020"
d - 0.032"
a - 0.042"
E - 0.050"

Necks will ship with a set of D'Addario EXL115 medium gauge strings; this is the set I use when setting up the necks and other Bastin Guitars. Heavier strings will fit, but any adjustments to the nut slots (to allow for heavier strings, custom sets, or eliminate buzz) should be made by a qualified luthier.

I also make sure to leave the action at the nut just a little high. Again, a qualified luthier is your best bet for adjusting the setup to your preference, but you may not even notice.

If you want one set up “lefty” just let me know!