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Thin Tele Body

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by highwaycruiser, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. highwaycruiser

    highwaycruiser Tele-Meister

    129
    Jan 27, 2011
    Gap, PA
    I am going to build a new Tele soon but would like to use a thinner body, maybe around 1.5" thick rather than the standard 1.75". Anyone know where I can get one, that won't cost me too much?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tonemonkey

    Tonemonkey Poster Extraordinaire

    Older standard Squier bodies are thinner if I remember correctly. Cheap as chips on ebay.
     
  3. Telegator

    Telegator Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 28, 2008
    Louisiana
    Unless I am mistaken the Squier Standards are 1&3/4" thick. I had one and that is how thick it was. It is the Squier Affinity Tele that is 1&1/2" thick. I suggest searching the threads here and check out how or if that affects the neck pocket in regards as to final relation to saddle and bridge height etc.
     
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  5. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Age:
    70
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    in the beginning, all was formless and void, and the Leo moved his hand upon the pine, and said, "let there be Twang".... and the Evening and morning were the first day.....

    and back then the bodies ranged ANYWHERE between 1.5 and 1 7/8 inches... so as long as yours falls between those two extremes, it's dead on perfect...

    I love sayin' that 'cause it drives the OCD crowd absolutely nutz.... :twisted:

    Youze nay sayers.. go getcha a copy of Nacho's book 'n check fer yerseff. :rolleyes:

    Ron Kirn
     
  6. Tonemonkey

    Tonemonkey Poster Extraordinaire

    Enjoying the Malt, Senor Ron? ;)

    Wasn't aware Nacho went addressed the OPs Q in his book....;)
     
  7. Tonemonkey

    Tonemonkey Poster Extraordinaire

    Thanks TG, brainfart here. :D
     
  8. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Age:
    70
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    If the quarter inch is taken off the backside, it won't effect a thing..... ;)

    but remember the switch, if a good one, requires a hole a least 1 3/8 + deep... that doesn't leave much before your router bit finds open air out the back side...and that WILL effect a lot, specially language... ;);)

    and yeah.... love those Scots..

    rk
     
  9. Sasz

    Sasz Tele-Meister

    429
    Jan 13, 2007
    UK
    Just measured an affinity body I have lying around here - neck pocket is indeed 5/8" depth, control cavity is exactly 1 3/8".
     
  10. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2011
    Southeast Florida
    I think Red Dirt guitars has some bodies that are 1 1/2" thick.
    I just made a cherry wood tele body at 1 1/2" thickness to try and curb some of the weight. I still think the body only will be about 6 pounds...
     
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