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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by sergeant.salt, Jul 10, 2018.
I'm turning an Epi LP Jr II into a Fano SP6 tribute, but that was a $50 CL buy.
Why not just get a Tele Esquire?
Here's Alex Fischel with his custom made ThinlineStratoTelePaul. With Bigsby.
So he plays are really expensive Es-lp
Rather than tele-fy a Junior, I'd Junior-fy a tele
Actually, I'd do neither: they both have their own unique tones, and I'd love each one of them for exactly that! I tried the "junior-fy a tele" thing with my Cabronita, and in reality what you end up with is something halfway in-between the two... I love my Cab for what it is, but it's NOT a Junior...
When I was contemplating a similar project as the OP, that was exactly my goal.
Well, that will do it. Alder/pine body + maple neck (all maple or maple/RW) with a P90 will indeed sound like a Tele and Junior had a baby lol.
Junior: hog body, hog neck, P90
Tele: alder/pine body, maple neck, but with a P90
These Epi Specials are all around for cheap. I'd keep that other guitar as-is after a pro setup (which may need a fret level). P-90s are a blast.
Epi Specials are bolt-on necks by design so you can shim for any angle in a mod.
I'd get a Tele top-loader bridge and skip the string through. I hate changing strings on string throughs and there is no magic tone or sustain change with/without it. Most people screw up string through hole drilling and it looks bad because it's easy to see misalignment from across the room.
I got this for $15, $7 pickup swap (coil split), 'free' fret level because I do them, $15 in pots/caps/jack, left over knobs.
Often these guitars sell $25-$50 in various stages of disrepair/abuse and would be a better mod choice.
This is probably a bad idea - as some others have said, the neck angle of a set neck Gibson style guitar causes the strings to be too far above the body where they contact the bridge for a tele bridge to work, unless:
1. You raise the tele bridge off of the body using an extra slab of metal, wood, or something.
2. You get extra-extra long saddle screws and somehow deal with issues of intonation and break angle that arise.
I wouldn't do in the first place, though, even if I could - that's a cool looking guitar that probably functions just great as is.
Wrong perspective. The plan was mahogany body, set mahogany 24.75” scale neck, rosewood fretboard, vintage style tele bridge and bridge pickup.
Since you were replying to ME (my post about the Cabronita) above, I must have misunderstood your post.
It's your guitar your cash, your taste, your itch to scratch.
Personally I'm in love with the image of Jr.
so pristine and full of all things wonderful about Les Paul Jr. guitars
but then I wouldn't , now I'm waxing poetic about a masterpiece of guitar design.