Advice on Bullet Tele into a Cabronita-style...Options? Opinions?

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  1. OmegaWoods

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    Hello, all you builders. I have a project rattling around in my mind and I'll appreciate any insights on how I might accomplish such a thing. I want to take something like a Squier Bullet Tele and reconfigure it with a single TV Jones pickup in the Bridge position. I already have the pickup. Since the Bullet will be routed already, I'll just have to cover the neck hole, a la Esquire, to make that work out.

    From this:
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    to something like this (different color, of course and with a bigger pickguard):

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    Is using a donor Tele the right way to go? I'm not wanting to sink a bunch of money into this project, just something fun and inexpensive to get started.
     
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  2. Bob J

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    Going for the sound might be easier than going for the look. An esquire-type pick guard will cover the neck pickup cavity, and you can mod the bridge pickup cavity to fit the TV Jones, and either cut off the top of the bridge or get a short bridge. You will need some sort of pickup ring to cover the gap.
     
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    I did something similar with a HS Squier Tele Bullet that I got for next to nothin'--put on an Esquire pickguard and added a humbucker-sized P90 to the bridge. Really fun guitar and much improved from the stock configuration. I imagine that someone makes a whatever'tron for a standard hb rout.
     
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    Don't spend as much as this guy wants, but here's one here (no conflict of interest with the seller): https://reverb.com/item/627569-squier-bullet-telecaster-2013-orange-sparkle

    These have the thinner profile body, which I like, and adds to the Esquire-y/"student model" vibe. I have mine with the control plate flipped and a switch in to take up the void, but not wired up; I could do some kind of cooked wah and/or blower switch mod down the road.
     
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    Simplest is just use the pickup surround for that pickup, I think it looks better.

    Alternatively, you'll have to put on a new top on the body and refinish, which is a lot more work.
     
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    Great idea. Thanks!

    Thanks for all the replies thus far. I appreciate your input!
     
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    I'd take a GTL Tele from Glarry ($89, good neck and under 6 lbs. Only problem is no string through. Enter the Wilkenson short Tele bridge, dual loader and in three colors. A Tele bridge is easily (but carefully) routed for humbucker making choice of pickup mounting ring easy. The switch? Make it a coil tap lol. Easy peasy :lol:
     
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    I just put an esquire together with a 2021 bullet neck off of a red sparkle.

    I also played a different one in a local gc and there was a big difference in the two.

    One fretboard was an absolute no and the other cleaned up great.

    Still seeing a lot of variety in the laurel fretboards imo

    I say build it
     
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    Great ideas! I'll definitely look into that. I could probably fix the "string-through" or just use a top-loading bridge. Thanks Dave!
     
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    That bridge IS top loader AND string through, problem solved :)
     
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    Or you could get one of these.

    https://tvjones.com/original-tele-bridge-plate/

    I have one available if you are interested.

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    PM me if you are interested . Though the mounting holes and string through holes may be different than on a squire so it may not work.
     
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    Thanks everyone. I'm traveling this week so I'll look into all this next week.
     
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