Question about putting a Strat neck on a Tele!

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  1. andrew00

    andrew00 TDPRI Member

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    Hey y'all,

    I recently fell in love with the Fender American Original 50's Strat. As a leftie, we don't get much choice and I loved the lightweight mauve ("white blonde") body of this strat.

    The neck is cool, although I normally prefer a thinner neck, so am going to take a modern-c neck from a player strat and put it on the AO 50's strat. This leaves the nice 50s neck doing nothing.

    So I thought - I love Tele's too, so what if I got a tele body, could I take my spare neck and put it on the Tele body and thus end up with two awesome guitars?

    This is what I'm thinking of doing

    - Get a American Original 50s Tele loaded body
    - Take my Am Ori 50s Strat neck and install it onto the Tele

    From what I'm reading, Strat neck to Tele body is fine (but not the other way round). It does leave a space due to the different rounding of the neck pockets, however apart from the gap itself this won't cause an issue - i.e. the guitar will still be nice and snug, play fine etc. As these will both be from the AO 50's line they should be compatible.

    Is this true? Is this a good idea of mine or is it a bad idea?
     
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  2. Teleguy61

    Teleguy61 Friend of Leo's

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    My experience is that the non-matching pocket and necks can cause instability in the guitar.
    The neck can shift, during transport for example.
     
  3. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I put a nice Squier Strat neck on a Tele body. No problems at all. In fact, it's one of the best-playing T-bodies I've got.

    The neck pocket is a little homely, but that's about it.

    - D
     
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  4. lammie200

    lammie200 Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes and you should be fine.
     
  5. sothoth

    sothoth Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    I have seen this done before and it’s appeared to work fine. I’d be curious to hear the other person’s experience to the contrary to make sure you get a complete answer.

    That said, the heel on my telecasters doesn’t necessarily have a super tight fit with the body, so I’m reluctant to believe it’s necessarily a problem. Because the contact point between the heel and the bottom edge of the neck pocket (from an engineering standpoint) provides stability if the neck is pushed straight down towards the body (like gold the guitar upright and push down on the neck), and to a small extent provides support if the neck is pulled so it tilts back, these aren’t areas where you’re likely to have problems in necks, so I wouldn’t be too worried.

    I think the bolts do most of the work.

    If the wood moves, which it surely will over time, I think it’s a roll of the dice if your neck goes out of alignment and not so much an issue with the heel fitting flush or not. But either way, a new setup or work from a luthier could remedy that.
     
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  6. schmee

    schmee Poster Extraordinaire

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    It works fine. I had a 57 strat neck on a Tele for quite a while. If you can get even .001" feeler gauge in the heel gap on any guitar it's doing nothing! and... you can on most every guitar. .001 or 1" is the same "air".
     
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  7. stnmtthw

    stnmtthw Friend of Leo's

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    It was good enough for Clapton.

    Funnily enough, you can fit a Strat neck in a Tele neck pocket, but it's hard to fit a Tele neck in a Strat neck pocket. Something about the shape of the heel just makes it damn near impossible without modifying the neck pocket.
     
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    warrent Friend of Leo's

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    It will be fine. Look at this pic the difference is minimal.
    NeckFitStrat.jpg
     
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    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Strat neck to Tele works!

    My favorite mods for those guitar models: Tele gets a 4-way switch, Strat gets an Armstrong Blender.

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    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Due to the greater availability of Strat necks I've put them on Tele bodies dozens of times over the decades.
    Works great!
     
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  11. sothoth

    sothoth Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    I always thought Clapton was overrated :)

    I’ll duck and run for cover now, just to be safe
     
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  12. hellopike

    hellopike Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes. It’s been done so many times by others over the years I think it’s been proven that it’s perfectly fine. I’ve done it, it myself. The one person with a response to the contrary, is being a bit of a Chicken Little if you ask me. These guitars are modular by design
     
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    Throttleneck Tele-Afflicted

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    stnmtthw Friend of Leo's

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    It takes all of us to make the world go round, my friend.
     
  15. G.Rotten

    G.Rotten Tele-Meister

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    You'll be fine. Just an asthetic issue.

    Fender has used this pocket shape on both on multiple models of both Strats & Teles.
    image.jpeg
    The pocket doesn't need to have the exact profile of the neck.
     
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  16. G.Rotten

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    I'm sure there are other factors at play here. Other than appearance there are no issues putting Strat neck in a Tele pocket.
     
  17. ClashCityTele

    ClashCityTele Tele-Meister

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    I have a Strat neck on my Jazzmaster. Not a perfect fit...but it works.
     
  18. Ron R

    Ron R Friend of Leo's

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    My best friend acquired a Strat that had a Tele neck on it (the way I'd be inclined to go). He loved it. The friend he had bought it from sold it to him so he could buy a MusicMan (he as a huge Steve Morse fan), then begged him for years to trade it for the more expensive MM, or sell it back. That guy got it back when my friend passed away.
     
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    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Both my Strat partscasters have Tele necks. Just shaved off the corners and rounded the end of the neck. Never tried it the other way though; not big on those big 'ol funky Strat headstocks (I do have two Fender Strats though). Stability can be dealt with with good neck bolts and shims or filler. My concern would be slight alterations in the scale length. Don't go sanding the bottom down so it's flat like a Tele. That'll mess up your scale length, and unless you want to move the bridge I'd avoid it.
     
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  20. andrew00

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    Wicked, this is awesome, the plan is going to go ahead then, thanks y'all!

    I did the first step and swapped the strat necks last night, now the AmOri 50's strat has the modern-c neck and it's glorious. Looks dimey too.

    Next stop the Tele!
     
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