i'm modding a little knock-off baby strat that i have from when i was younger. if i want to put a on it, do i need a shim?
depends on the height of the fretboard.
being a strat knock-off the original bridge is probably low, so the board will also be low.
you'll prolly need to shim the neck or angle the neck pocket.
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If it was a TOM you could recess the bridge not needing to change the angle. But the gotoh 510 sits up pretty high and cant be recessed due to the way strings load in it. So yea your gonna need a pretty big shim to get enough angle. If its a short scale baby strat you may want to look at other bridges.