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!




One of the HUNDREDS OF GUITAR SHOPS I visited this week…Long & McQuade Mississauga (a suburb of Toronto):

  1. Nice finish on this Gibson ES-195.
  2. This must be a new model…CBS large headstock, bullet truss rod (and so I assume a 3 bolt neck…) AND a matching headstock!  As all the kids say these days “that’s super-keen daddy-o!”
  3. Since this is the second shot of the same ES-195, does that mean I should refer to it as an ES-295?? 
  4. Nice, used Martin D-18 for $1800.  A bit of damage/wear on the body, but it actually looks good on this guitar!
  5. I’m not a big fan of “satin” finishes, but I’ll gladly make an exception for this dark-burst Larrivée OM model.
  6. I have owned so many Strats in my life that it takes a lot for me to be impressed with any (non-vintage) one.  But here we have a gorgeous 2001 American Series (later re-branded “American Standard”) Stratocaster in natural  with red-ish tort ‘guard.  $700-ish
  7. Gibson “Arlo Guthrie” signature.  Looks like it’s based on the one Robert Johnson played (er…  L-1?  L-0??  not sure…)
  8. Carved top, set neck Tele?  What will they think of next??
  9. Is it me or does Squier make some nicely finished bodies?  
  10. Another one of them newfangled '68 reissue silverfaces.

Friends!  Have you ever wanted to improve the neck angle on your post-1970 Stratocaster?  But, for whatever reason, you’re not comfortable “shimming” a neck?  Maybe your neck already has minimal relief, your saddles are adjusted down to the bridge plate, and yet the action is still too high for your taste?

Enter the ingenious “Micro-Tilt” neck.  This feature was added to the Stratocaster model at the same time that the much maligned 3 bolt neck was added, and though it was a great innovation for adjusting the angle of a bolt-on neck (and, I believe, it was also the very last thing Leo Fender invented before leaving the Fender Company for good!) it kind of got lost in the negative buzz around the 3 bolt neck.

Here is my recently acquired 1988 American Standard.  I did all of the above:  straightened the neck, lowered the saddles as much as I could, and still the action was too high for my liking.  I was about to shim, when I remembered the Micro-Tilt, and decided to use it for the first time ever (which is pretty incredible if you consider that I have owned around 20 Stratocasters - many of them with the Micro-Tilt feature - over the years).  

  • Photo 2 shows the neck plate.  The hole in the middle (between the two back neck bolts) is the access hole for the Micro-Tilt.
  • Photo 3 shows a 1/8th inch hex wrench that I have inserted into the hole.  In less than one full clockwise revolution of the Micro-Tilt, I was able to increase the neck angle and lower the action significantly.

I didn’t even have to take the neck off…just loosen the two back bolts…and it was all done in about 2 minutes.  So easy.  Thanks for another great invention, Leo!