August 1st, 2003, 09:16 AM
Hi tech guys, I just bought an all-original 1969 tele thinline. It's a wonderful guitar, but it misses one little part... One of the string ferrules on the back of the body. See the pic at;
It's the kind of ferrule that sticks out a bit, not the one that's flush to the body. If anybody can help me with a late 60s or 70s ferrule please email me ! Thanks !!
August 1st, 2003, 11:29 AM
I think the difference is not so much in the ferrules themselves, but in how the holes were drilled (i.e., whether they were countersunk, or not). When CBS took over, they "streamlined" production by getting rid of the extra step of counterboring the ferrule holes.
Regular ferrules have a 5/16" diameter on the "shank" and 3/8" at the top ring; to make them flush, you drill a 3/8" deep 5/16" diameter hole, and then do a 3/8" counterbore to a depth of 1/8". The "flush" ferrules that Stew Mac and Callaham sell are just so that it's easier to get the ferrules flush -- don't have to countersink a hole, as the diameter of the entire ferrule is 3/8".
So... Any ferrule would work, although it probably wouldn't be an exact match. If you wanted them to match, you could simply buy a replacement set, and keep the old ones safe somewhere.... Or check eBay and pay a fortune for an old set...