Installing a thru body tele bridge plate.

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  1. Ziggy587

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    After marking the locations, make a dimple with an awl. Then you can easily hit the mark with the drill bit. Brad points will make it even easier.

    I can't listen to this video right now because I'm at work, but it looks good...

     
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    One other handy tip for string thrus - on your first time don't use those nice big clunky 10mm outside diameter ferrules - that's 60mm across on a string spacing of not much more than that, and there is no margin for error - use the 6.5 - 7mm outside diameter ones - that way if your drill wavers half a mm thrown off by the wood grain which happens, they don't get crunched together.

    Sure its on the back and nobody sees it, but you know it's there and it will bug you
     
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    Even if you have the body clamped down to the table? Just asking, I've never done it.
     
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    Yeah. The bit isn’t wide enough to go straight through without bending.

    That’s why some people say go halfway from both sides, but I could never do the math to get that right, to get them to meet in the middle.
     
  5. Bobby73

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    I did it 15 plus years ago with good results and a drill press on a MIM Fender Standard Telecaster just take your time
     
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    Im planning on doing it again on my Squier Affinity Telecaster soon.
     
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    That’s the one and only time I tried it. On my Affinity.

    That guitar has gone through a dozen incarnations since then. It was just something to screw around with. Changing finishes, pups, etc.

    It became an Esquire, and a top loader once again!

    Oh—straight to jack! No vol or tone pots!

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    Sounds sketchy, I would definitely blow that for sure.
     
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    When I did mine I drilled from the face side using the bridge plate as a template. I used the drill press depth guide to limit the holes to 1/2" deep. Then I screwed scrap MDF to the drill press, drilled a hole using the same drill bit into the mdf and set a pin. The pin was a piece of a nail.

    Then you chock the correct bit for the ferrule and turn the body over to index the face holes on the pin. Drill all 6. The pin gives alignment with the face holes and the larger bit for the ferrules drills straight without (much) wandering.

    Finally chock the first narrow drill bit and drill from the back, again using indexing pin to a depth of about 1". I finished from the front with a hand drill. The holes did not align exactly, but were close. From there you can run the hand drill in and out to ease the transition between front and back.
     
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    NICE!
     
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    I have one top and one thru. I'm not an expert, but I can't tell the difference, so when I did my PartsEsquire I opted for the top load. I can always attempt the thru body later when they get a little bigger.
     
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