Installing a thru body tele bridge plate.

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  1. Squiretele777

    Squiretele777 TDPRI Member

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    Modifying my squire tele with a thru body bridge plate,for a hot rail humbucker,I,m pretty handy with fine wood working skills,but should I leave this job to a pro? Opinions welcome,Thanks.
     
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    fender4life Friend of Leo's

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    I wouldn't even attempt it unless you have a drill press. Don't even think about using a hand drill. If u r as good as u say with wood working skills it should be second nature and i probably didn't have to tell u about using a drill press.
     
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    Make a template and do some practice on some scrap before you start. Accept the fact that you may get one crooked.

    Even if they're a little off they should work ok and they're on the back of the guitar. It's a good project to attempt but you'll get better at it the more you do it.
     
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    Yup I have a drill press,and I have the plate and string furells,just getting up the courage to try it,i,ve done pretty much everthing else th a electric guitar,but not this.
     
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    I have seen advice from those who have done it, saying to drill from both sides of the body so that if there is any minor mis-alignment it won't show and the holes will meet in the middle. That's what I would do (though I opted for a top loader when I upgraded my bridge).
     
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    Even with a drill press, it’s a b***h to get right. The bit wanders.
     
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    Yup,I,m gonna go the way Telecentric did,get a top loader bridge plate,i,m only out 30 bucks for the thru body bridge,aint with the gamble,i have heard you get more sustain with thru body,but I don't know,i just put a bone nut in,so that's good enough for me.
     
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    Get the Wilkinson Dual loader, in case you change your mind at some point. Does both well.
     
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    You’re making the right decision. I should show you the holes I did on one of mine!

    And you’re not gonna lose anything with a top-loader. Think about so many people who use Bigsby.

    No through body there!
     
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    You should use a 1/8" brad point drill bit and a drill press. A brad point t bit has a point and tracks much truer. Go slowly. If the holes are off, you can always correct the spacing on the back with the ferrules.
     
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    And since 99.99% of string through conversions have such mistakes, this might be the better solution... ;)
     
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    Looks like you done a A-1 job,thanks for posting
     
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    It gets posted often to drill from the back and the front to get the holes lined up. My question, how do you get the placement precise enough to make sure the holes meet?
     
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    You mount a dummy board to your drill press, drill a hole, put a pin in the hole (piece of a nail or same size drill bit, then turn over your guitar body and carefully drill to meet the first hole, but not hit the pin. There are pictures on this site somewhere.
     
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    Ok, I should have thought of that! Neat.
     
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    Do the outside two holes all the way thru using a 3.5 or 4mm bit (and a drill press) so it doesn't wander too much, then screw the bridge plate on the back to get the other holes in line - do it from both sides and they will join up with care. the back of the guitar is the bit that shows, any mishaps on the top are covered by the bridge plate, so set your priorities (the mishaps need to be in the middle drilling from both sides)

    One of the hardest jobs on a tele to get right
     
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