#1
I drilled the holes for the bolts in the neck and body of my mahogany telecaster build a while back, and it suddenly struck me that bolting and unbolting that neck regularly for truss rod adjustment etc could eventually strip the holes in the neck. Does this happen or am I just being paranoid? How many times would I have to remove the neck for this to happen? And are there any preventative measures I can take? Sorry if I sound stupid or if this has been done to death

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#2
Exactly 17 times.
Nah, just kidding.

As long as you're not over tightening it, it'll last as long as any other piece of wood with a bolt in it. It needs to be firm but not tightening it more than nescessary/what it was originally. I don't think truss rod adjustment is common enough to be of concern.
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#3
I want pics of ur build
I think you should just be reaaaaally careful with how you're bolting the thing. And of course try to keep it as little times as possible.
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#4
Like these gents before already said: going easy on the bolts will make your neck live longer. They are not made to be bolted on and of different bodies every day, so go slow and don't put additional stress on the poor thing!
#5
There are things called threaded inserts for tele/strat necks that have to be taken off time to time. They have a few merits, like:
-the holes don't strip. You're not using a wood screw, but a real bolt to screw into the insert that'll be inserted into the neck.
-u can tighten them like a mofo. Adds sustain and sturdiness to the guitar.


I have them in my strat, they work. I stripped one of the screws, and thought I was doomed, til I found these.
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There are things called threaded inserts for tele/strat necks that have to be taken off time to time. They have a few merits, like:
-the holes don't strip. You're not using a wood screw, but a real bolt to screw into the insert that'll be inserted into the neck.
-u can tighten them like a mofo. Adds sustain and sturdiness to the guitar.


I have them in my strat, they work. I stripped one of the screws, and thought I was doomed, til I found these.

that's brilliant! I may have to install those when I get a chance.
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#7
I know people sell the inserts in kits, but the ones ive seen are just brass wood inserts & machine screws. The "made for guitar" kits ive seen are $20 or more but many hardware stores sell the same things for between $5-$10.

If you want to try to get them locally they're usually 8-32 inserts (thats the size & thread) for a strat, but some people use the larger 10-24 inserts for extra clamping force.