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Squier Thinlines

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by IMadeYouReadThis, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. I am torn. There are 2 different thinlines (+1 thinline esque) I'm looking into from Squier. Ideally, I was wanting a butterscotch thinline with a black pickguard, WRHB in neck, and Tonerider TRT1 Vintage Plus in bridge.

    The Squier VM Custom has the wide range pickup in the neck and a Duncan(ish) single coil in bridge. It is the cheapest of the 3, but it isn't a true thinline and doesn't come in a particularly desirable finish.

    The Squier CV Thinline was my original choice. It has 2 typical SC pickups (very similar to the Toneriders) and needs no modification. I love the look and sound, but I already have guitars in a similar finish (variety is nice) and it doesn't have the WRHB that I love. The neck isn't as thick as I like either.

    Finally, there is the Squier VM 72 Thinline. It is the most expensive of the 3, as I would need to make about $90 worth of modifications. It has the butterscotch finish and a WRHB neck pickup. The neck is the chunkiest of the 3 and feels amazing (somewhat thick, soft V). I would need to put in an actual tele bridge and the pickup (about $70 + shipping) and a new pickguard (about $10 + shipping). I don't even know if it is practical or possible to put in a tele bridge (string spacing, etc.) It's also risky, as I suck at soldering and cutting the pickguard to accommodate the bridge might be sketchy. If it all worked out though, I would have my ideal tele. Is it worth the investment and risk, or do I settle for one of the first two?

    Here are parts I would use:
  2. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 7, 2014
    Welcome to this forum.

    There is no Squier VM '72 thinline in butterscotch, but a very nice natural look (which I prefer over BSB any day). That particular tele is in my top 5!

    WRHB are a lot wider than any tele bridge I have ever seen, so the routing would always remain visible.

    There is another route you could follow. I remember seeing some WRHB adapter rings, and if you can't find any, you could probably find somebody that could make you a metal plate with a tele bridge pickup cutout.
  3. If I put an adapter ring over the routing, would it be flush with the body? If so, I would be able to put a traditional tele bridge over it, right?
  4. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 7, 2014
    All the adapter rings I know go on top of the body, so it would not be flush with the body.

    If you really want that combination SH with a WRHB in the neck, I think a custom body would be more what you're looking for (but that will probably be at a different price level).

    Or you could start with any '69 Thinline body (probably routed for a single coil in the neck) and reroute that for a WRHB sized pickup. At least then you'll have the traditional bridge to start with. Any routing defects could be hidden behind the pickguard.

    By the looks of it, I think you'll need a custom made pickguard too...
  5. If I kept the bridge completely stock, would I be able to put brass saddles on. Not sure where to get them, as I haven't found very many brass saddles for strat-style bridges. There are "Killer Brass Saddles" from Killer Guitar Parts, but I don't feel like forking out $80 for some saddles.
  6. On second though, I might make this a slide guitar. In that case, do the frets even matter? The strings never actually makes contact with them.
  7. DocScotter

    DocScotter TDPRI Member

    Jun 27, 2018
    San Diego
    I dunno, as more of a solo performer who plays a lot of slide in open G, there are almost no songs that I play where I don't fret. But most of my slide playing is on a 1931 National Duolian resonator acoustic which I also play in standard tuning with frets that are almost non-existent. It's my most gigged guitar.

    I recently bought a Squier Classic Vibe Thinline and it's really inspired me to start playing again including building my own tube amp out of an old projector which I've relayed here:

    I'm really enjoying playing this guitar in its stock form but will be doing the 4-way switch mod soon and maybe adding a Brenner Piezo system. My advice is to just find a guitar that inspires you and play the heck out of it. It beats obsessing over finding the perfect guitar although I admit that that is kinda fun too!
  8. Sorry, I posted this on the wrong thread. I meant to post it on my thread about an esquire build. Though, great post.
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