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Tele Body Thickness

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Spunky99, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. Spunky99

    Spunky99 Tele-Meister

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    I've looked about enough to sumise that a standard Tele body is 1.75" thick.
    I verified that last night with my Hwy 1 Tele.

    I ordered a Tele body off eekBay and it arrived looking great but only 1.5" thick.
    I guess I missed that particular detail when I was bidding for it. I suppose that's why it weighs only 4.2 pounds.
    Is there any drawback to a slim body?
    Is there a particular Tele that had the thinner 1.5" body from Fender?

    Thanks
     
  2. maestrovert

    maestrovert Poster Extraordinaire

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    iirc, back in the day, Fender made some bodies 1 1/2" thick....
    oh, an' Squier's Affinity series are 1 1/2" too.....
     
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    Ronkirn Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    The Broadcasters, Esquires and Teles of the early 50's could be anywhere from 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 with just shy of 1 3/4 being the norm.

    Ron Kirn
     
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  5. mlp-mx6

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    Perfect thickness for adding a 1/4" top using the wood of your choice!
     
  6. teleyouk

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    A not so long time ago, Musikraft had this thickness as an option for their tele bodies.
     
  7. Rhomco

    Rhomco Friend of Leo's

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    Except the neck pocket

    will be too deep and the jack hole will be off center.
     
  8. BroadMaster

    BroadMaster Tele-Afflicted

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    Yep. :rolleyes:
     
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    mlp-mx6 Tele-Holic

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    Yeah, I wasn't thinking it was all pre-drilled. My bad.
     
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    1/8" on both sides maybe...just a thought.
     
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    IMO, test drive the body (as is).. you may love it!
     
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    i,ve built "thin " body teles before , no real probs
    you may need to use shorter neck screws
    apart from that , it all screws together as a regular tele
     
  13. robt57

    robt57 Doctor of Teleocity

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    My best ones I shot for 1-9/16" ala Glendale. Go price out a Glendale pine thin body.
    The rear edge is friendlier to the ribs, the weight is nice, and did I say the weight is nice?

    Just watch out putting a neck with dual action truss and or modern or lockers on light bodies. I used all vintage tuners and truss configs on these 3 lb bodies to avoid the dive...

    And possibly need shorter screws to attach the neck, be vigilant deciding on screw length choice for sure.
     
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    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yet another zombie thread.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. robt57

    robt57 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I did not even notice that, LOL

    Sometimes they do resurrect, see it a 100 times here...

     
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