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Do Squier Teles have humbucker routing?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by david-rf, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. david-rf

    david-rf TDPRI Member

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    Hi there, I'm looking for a Squier Tele for a little project... I want an inexpensive Tele with humbucker-sized P90 on the neck and humbucker on the bridge (but in the bridge a DiMarzio single coil sized humbucker would do).

    Which Squier models come with HH or at least SH routing? Thanks
     

  2. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Tele-Meister

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    Classic Vibes have larger neck pickup routing.
     
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  3. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Holic

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    The standard used to be routed SH. (haven't checked that lately)

    And of course there were some HH models in the past. Like The VM Custom (HH) or the new contemporary series HH tele. And of course you could replacethe pickups in a VM '72 Custom.
     

  4. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Does Squier make a 72 Thinline?

    That would be HH.
     

  5. bender66

    bender66 Friend of Leo's

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    Yep & yep.
     

  6. reactor99

    reactor99 TDPRI Member

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    The 2017 Standard Tele (Indonesia) has a humbucker neck route and a standard bridge route.
     

  7. LooseJack

    LooseJack Tele-Meister

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    My 2005 standard doesn't.

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  8. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Holic

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    Strange that the 2005 standard didn't have routing for a humbucker. At that time they sold a Fat Telecaster (SH) in the Squier Standard series.
     

  9. IronSchef

    IronSchef Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    my 2012 Sq Standard Tele had an HB route in the neck:
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    And so did my CV 50s BSB:
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  10. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    How come Fender puts those lips in the pocket?
     

  11. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Tele-Meister

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    The neck pocket? Because the router bit is a bigger radius than the corners of the neck itself, so for the neck to fit all the way down, the router has to continue past what would make a "normal" curved corner.

    A smaller router bit would make for a better looking corner, but that would take more time and time is money.
     

  12. The Angle

    The Angle Tele-Meister

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    Dec 19, 2017
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    I was typing my answer when jfgesquire beat me to the punch. If you look at the routs, they all appear to have corners of the same radius. The factory either didn't have, or didn't want to take time to swap out, smaller router bits that match the radius of the neck corners. They wanted to use the same router bits for all the routs, to save time and money.
     

  13. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    My GFSs don't have that, or my older Affinty or MIM Standard.
     
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  14. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Tele-Meister

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    Manufacturers are always looking for ways to cut time from the production schedule.

    The Telecaster is a wonderful example of that . . . at this very moment I'm learning all about the neck pickup-to-control cavity rout that disappeared in 1968 give or take 6 months.

    It's interesting because that little drill hole from the neck pocket down to the control cavity can really drive you nuts trying to feed 2 cloth pushback wires down it... But AHA! Fender changed to the PVC right around the same time!

    So did they change to the PVC because the cloth was a pain to feed, or because the PVC was cheaper?
     

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