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3 Holes & 4 Holes

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Telly Savalas, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. Telly Savalas

    Telly Savalas TDPRI Member

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    Let's say - hypothetically - you have a '72 Deluxe RI body drilled for a 3 hole neck plate and a neck drilled for a 4 hole neck plate, would it make more sense to modify the body to fit the 4 hole neck or modify the neck to fit the 3 hole body?
     
  2. garymaddox

    garymaddox Tele-Afflicted

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    Do any of the holes on the neck already line up?

    I never really cared for the 3 hole neck design. I guess it was OK though. There's still plenty of those 3 hole mounted Strats and Teles around.
     
  3. Dmann

    Dmann Tele-Meister

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    If two of the three holes are in the right place just do the neck to fit the body. One hole, only one chance to screw it up. Plus you have the body to use as a drill guide for the neck.
     
  4. Telly Savalas

    Telly Savalas TDPRI Member

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    No. I was hoping someone may have done this before and could give me the benefit of their experiences.

    I didn't think the 3 hole version was that great until I put a Thinline together a couple of weeks ago. I'd still rather have a 4 hole, but the 3 hole isn't as bad as I'd imagined.
     
  5. slack

    slack Friend of Leo's

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    On real 70s Teles the screw patterns are completely different on 4-bolt and 3-bolt guitars. (Note that "bolt" is the common terminology, but we are talking wood screws and one machine screw here.) Between the two, no screws are in the same location. For example, on a 3-bolt neck you would have to plug and re-drill the two wood screw holes, plus add the two additional wood screw holes, to fit the neck on a 4-bolt body.
     
  6. tpaul

    tpaul Poster Extraordinaire

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    I would almost always drill new holes in the neck rather than the body. Unless you can't live with a 3-bolt neck.
     
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