Topic: Tele neck Strat body

Just started building a new guitar ,Strat body Tele neck.I've wanted to do this for a while as I love the feel of my Tele neck .Got all the bits now so I'll see how it goes together.First thing is the Tele neck has a flat squared off end as opposed to the curved end of the Strat ,so I will reshape the Tele to match the Strat profile and make sure it sits properly in the body.The thickness where it fits into the body seem to be the same so as long as I get it positioned right I don't see any major problems.I'll let you know how it progresses.

Re: Tele neck Strat body

The only critical part about changing the end of the neck is to accurately measure your scale length to the bridge and adjust that mounting accordingly.  Hopefully your body is not pre-drilled so that should not be much of a problem.

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Sounds like an exciting project, I wish I had the guts to do something similar. Russ Harding has built several guitars, maybe he can give you some pointers if you get stuck? Doug is also a master of many talents and I'm sure there are quite a few others on here too. Can't wait to see the results.

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I've done many builds in the past ,my first was in my teens when I fitted a Hofner neck to a Wilson body .This hybrid was my main guitar for many years

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Good to hear from you, Graham ... and glad to hear you have a new project on the go. You've had a grey Tele we've seen in some of your vids over the years; is that the neck you're using?

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No its a new one .I wouldn't change any thing on the grey one its set up perfectly

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Update on this project.For some reason the alignment of the strings  is wrong the top E ends up at the edge of the fret board and the not on E is about 4 mm in.,back to the drawing board for now .

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Graham

That was the exact problem I had on the guitar that i tried to  from scratch.

The low E string was fine down at the pickup end of the neck, but close to the edge of the neck up by the nut.
On the high E string it was just the opposite. What I had to do was adjust the angle of the saddle  and Bridge. 
That made the spacing correct. However I still can't great sound out of it - too much vibration in strings. I think it has to do with poor placement of fret bars.
It was my first (and only ) attempt at guitar building.....   and I did it without any knowledge of guitars at the time.   I may try to build a new one this inter now that i actually understand how an electric guitar works.  good luck with your project.

Have you been performing at all ?  Haven't seen any new videos of late.

Take care

Jim

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Been pretty   busy   lately Jim.  Did  4  gigs  last week  2 more this week   . I  haven't   done  any  vids  recently  or  made any  recordings  .Hope  to  soon .

Re: Tele neck Strat body

Graham ...

It almost sounds like the neck isn't hitting the guitar's body straight on. Try looking from the strap button at the bottom end of the guitar, straight down the neck to the headstock. If the neck swerves to the right even a bit, that would cause the string alignment problem you describe. Hopefully there's enough "play" at the bolt-on joint to loosen it a bit, and then make this adjustment.

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ACOUSTICS:  Cordoba D10-CE / LaPatrie "Concert" / Takamine GD30CE-12 / Norman ST30
ELECTRICS:  EP Les Paul Custom Pro / Gretsch Streamliner G2420T
AMPS:  Traynor YCS50 / Tenement Funster VK212 / Traynor AM150T
EFFECTS: Boss ME-80 Multi-effects / Ibanez WD7 wah

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It's like the slot is machined about 4mm too high  .When I put the start neck back in it lines up perfectly  I found a vid on YouTube showing a similar problem.I might check one of my other Strats t o see if it's the same

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I tried building a guitar once with piano strings, a toilet seat and a broom handle but I couldn't get any tension between the 4 inch nails....I was 8 at the time.

Good luck with your project hope you can get the strings to align. I was going to suggest the same as Jim. Sounds like the bridge is slightly wider than the bottom of the neck or positioned off centre?

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