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Old March 4th, 2008, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tele Body Thickness

I've looked about enough to sumise that a standard Tele body is 1.75" thick.
I verified that last night with my Hwy 1 Tele.

I ordered a Tele body off eekBay and it arrived looking great but only 1.5" thick.
I guess I missed that particular detail when I was bidding for it. I suppose that's why it weighs only 4.2 pounds.
Is there any drawback to a slim body?
Is there a particular Tele that had the thinner 1.5" body from Fender?

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Old March 4th, 2008, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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iirc, back in the day, Fender made some bodies 1 1/2" thick....
oh, an' Squier's Affinity series are 1 1/2" too.....
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Old March 4th, 2008, 01:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Broadcasters, Esquires and Teles of the early 50's could be anywhere from 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 with just shy of 1 3/4 being the norm.

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Old March 4th, 2008, 02:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Perfect thickness for adding a 1/4" top using the wood of your choice!
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Old March 4th, 2008, 02:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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A not so long time ago, Musikraft had this thickness as an option for their tele bodies.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 08:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Except the neck pocket

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Perfect thickness for adding a 1/4" top using the wood of your choice!
will be too deep and the jack hole will be off center.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 09:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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will be too deep and the jack hole will be off center.
Yep.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 10:10 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Yeah, I wasn't thinking it was all pre-drilled. My bad.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 10:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah, I wasn't thinking it was all pre-drilled. My bad.

1/8" on both sides maybe...just a thought.
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Old July 6th, 2011, 12:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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IMO, test drive the body (as is).. you may love it!
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Old July 6th, 2011, 01:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i,ve built "thin " body teles before , no real probs
you may need to use shorter neck screws
apart from that , it all screws together as a regular tele
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My best ones I shot for 1-9/16" ala Glendale. Go price out a Glendale pine thin body.
The rear edge is friendlier to the ribs, the weight is nice, and did I say the weight is nice?

Just watch out putting a neck with dual action truss and or modern or lockers on light bodies. I used all vintage tuners and truss configs on these 3 lb bodies to avoid the dive...

And possibly need shorter screws to attach the neck, be vigilant deciding on screw length choice for sure.
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Yet another zombie thread.

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Old July 6th, 2011, 01:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I did not even notice that, LOL

Sometimes they do resurrect, see it a 100 times here...

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