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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:35 am    Post subject: Mustang TOM shim Reply with quote

I'm putting a gotoh tune o matic bridge on my mustang and was wondering what the best degree of shim would work best.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found it was always a trial and error thing but you'll be surprised how much a thin piece of card for a shim changes the angle. Start with a piece of card from something like a cigarette packet or cereal box.
You only need a 10mm strip the width of the neck pocket, at the body end of the pocket.

I try to do this with the old strings still attached. Just loosen them, then the neck plate, then just gently lift out the neck and put the shim in place. Whilst the strings and neck is loose put the TOM into place and make sure it is at its lowest point using the bridge post screws.
Put it back together and tune the strings.
If the action is still high double the shim thickness, if the action is too low just raise the TOM until you are happy with it.
It may take a few attempts to get it right.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need a big shim. I tried myself and it was lots of trial and error. 4 bits of business card cut down worked ok.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried it on a Mustang and it was a ridiculous shim that didn't feel safe, but yes, trial and error, and certain TOMs have different heights themselves.
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