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Tele or Strat kit for child

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by thegaijin, May 19, 2017.

  1. thegaijin

    thegaijin Tele-Meister

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    Tokyo
    Do any of you fine folks know anywhere that sells a small sized neck and body? Would like to build a partscaster for my young son.
     

  2. dlew919

    dlew919 Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2012
    Sydney
    Stewmac would be the first place. But others will pipe in. Nonetheless I've had excellent service from stewmac.
     
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  3. thegaijin

    thegaijin Tele-Meister

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    Tokyo
    I will check stew mac out. Thank you.
     
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  4. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    I found a 3/4 sized kit guitar on ebay..... all the parts were there and everything fitted ok and the pickups sound fine......;)

    a few coats of shellac tinted with walnut prooftint and a clear poly top coat...

    kit guitar1.jpg 3qter guitar with Tele.jpg

    3qter body.jpg
     
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  5. mrpants

    mrpants TDPRI Member

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    Pretty sure Warmoth sells 3/4 size something or other. Dunno if that's small enough. I'd personally kind of like a 1/2 size for my kid, but my little bit of looking has turned up no results.
     
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  6. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    What about a Tele Uke?.... only 4 strings to manage.... tune it open for one finger bar chords....

    much easier for smaller kids...:)

    Tele Uke2.JPG
     
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  7. mudimba

    mudimba Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    California
    USA Custom Guitars makes a "downsized tele". I'm not sure how old your son is, but it is 15% smaller than a normal tele.

    If he is really young, you can get an electric ukulele that is tele shaped on Amazon. The hardware, electronics, and setup are complete garbage, but the body and neck are salvageable and it only costs $100 or something. If you treat it like a kit and rebuild everything you can end up with a very playable and fun instrument. I did that for my 5 year old, and I play it after he goes to bed all the time.
     
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  8. mudimba

    mudimba Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Haha, trev333 beat me to the punch while I was typing my comment. The one pictured is the exact instrument I was talking about.
     
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  9. wyclif

    wyclif Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 29, 2011
    Philadelphia
    So, what do you have to do to make one of these playable after it comes out of the box?
     

  10. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    My GF plays/collects Ukes... I saw that tele uke online and bought it for her...

    I just did a basic set up, adjusted the nut slots and pickup balance/intonation... and handed it over to her...

    she smiled...:)
     

  11. jvin248

    jvin248 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
    Wow, that looks familiar!

    HM_modified.jpg

    This started out as a Hannah Montana Disney guitar, badly damaged that I got for $10 then stripped, contoured, and cut the headstock. It has real Tele pickups - not a toy! I use it for a travel guitar. I see them on CL and EBay for $50-$80 but haven't seen one in a year or two, not looking though. Washburn sold another similar type of guitar not attached to any other brand than themselves for a few years so you might search them out. These are sized the same as if you put a capo on the third fret of a regular Strat/Tele. I think it might be the same as the Squier Mini guitars too, which are more plentiful.




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  12. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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  13. Spacemanspiff500

    Spacemanspiff500 TDPRI Member

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    Stew Mac used to do a small travel guitar shaped like a strat, but that was like 10 years ago. I don't think they do those anymore, but I could be wrong. You might try luthiers mercantile. They have always been good for weird or custom guitar parts.
     
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  14. scantron81

    scantron81 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 29, 2009
    Georgia
    LOOG kits are also cool. Only 3 strings, so great for small hands.
     

  15. mudimba

    mudimba Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    It was "playable" for strumming cowboy chords and making noise out of the box, but not by the standards of people around here. Keep in mind it is a $100 instrument. I've never owned a $100 guitar, but I imagine it would have similar issues.

    - The frets were not even close to level. To make matters worse, there was a small amount of backbow and a single action truss rod. Getting them level required taking quite a bit off already small frets. If it were for a true musician and not a five year old I would have re-fretted. For his little fingers though, I think the low frets make it a little easier.

    - One of the pickups didn't work. I took it apart and found a couple cheap magnets super glued to the pole pieces (it didn't work because the glue had popped off). I re-glued the magnet, once again because it was for a 5 year old. If it were my own instrument I would have remade the pickups. The pickups also had height adjustment springs that were too short, so all the way up they were too far from the strings. I put in some foam to fix that.

    - The pots were sticky and crackly, so I put new ones in.

    - The wiring was a total mess. We're talking lumps of solder with the plastic insulation melted into it. I replaced all of it.

    - The neck had a glue starved scarf joint (oddly it was around the 5th fret and not the nut) that popped open. Granted it happened when my wife tripped over the instrument, but nothing should make the joint open up before the wood cracks. I had to reglue it, and while I was in there I smoothed out a little bump in the neck.

    - The holes in the body that the neck screws pass through were too small, so the neck wasn't seating properly. I had to drill those out and scrape some lacquer from the neck pocket.

    - I made a new nut. I probably could have worked with what was there and just lowered the slots (action out of the box was ridiculously high), but I figured it was just as easy to put in a nice new one.

    - The tuners are cheap, and with a big gear ratio. On a Uke the gear ratio makes it really hard to tune, since the slightest touch makes the note jump a quarter step. If this was an instrument to be played really regularly I'd get new tuners.

    - Standard setup stuff (string height, pickup height, intonation, etc)

    It might sound like a lot, but not including fixing the broken neck it just took an evening and $20 worth of electronics to make it very playable for a kid learning their first instrument. Another evening or two of work and whatever it costs for new tuners, and I think it could be something I'd play as much as any of my regular guitars.
     
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  16. metecem

    metecem Friend of Leo's

    Let's all get to the point and build the real thing for our kids!

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    :D:D:D:D:D:D

    :twisted:
     
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  17. mudimba

    mudimba Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Have you been whispering in my kids' ears lately? They just recently mounted a campaign for custom ukes. I finally gave in and last weekend we took a trip to the lumberyard so they could pick out their wood.
     
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  18. thegaijin

    thegaijin Tele-Meister

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    Oct 2, 2012
    Tokyo
    That's frickin awesome man.
     
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  19. thegaijin

    thegaijin Tele-Meister

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    Oct 2, 2012
    Tokyo
    Found a load of pre-built 1/2 size electrics on amazon, but also spotted 1/4 size nylon string acoustics. This might be the best way to go for now.

    He's only 2 1/2, so no way he's going to be able to play it for a few years anyway, but hopefully it'll stop him grabbing mine when i try to practice.
     
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  20. scantron81

    scantron81 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 29, 2009
    Georgia
    I got my first kid a uke when he turned 2. He pounded around with it and it survived, so now my second kid is 2 and pound some around with it. Both are partial to drum set over stringed instruments.
     
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