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Fmunoz

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Hi all,

First of all, a disclaimer, I'm mostly a Strat guy so please don't judge me :)

I recently purchased an American Standard neck for my MIM Strat, the day it arrived I installed and decided it was not much of a difference and perhaps I should better spend those $500 on something different, so I sent it back and a new plan started, over the last few days I ordered the following parts and I'm just waiting for them to arrive to have my first ever telecaster:

  1. American Standard Body 3T Sunburst
  2. Fender Vintage 60's MIM neck
  3. American Deluxe bridge with chromed brass saddles
  4. Nocaster '51 pickups
  5. Fender vintage tuners

at the end of the day (including all electronics, hardware and even new strings) this will cost me about the same as a Classic Series MIM tele, but to be honest, I get as much if not more satisfaction from building my own than from playing and I think I will end up with something of higher quality.

As for the neck, I used to have a MIJ Strat with a vintage 50's neck and I love the 7.25" radius and the vintage frets and I wanted to get something distinctive from my current Strats (9.5" & Compound radiuses and Medium Jumbo frets).

any thoughts?
 

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I built a partsocaster strat out of squier parts. In the end, it only saved me about 30 dollars, but I enjoyed putting it together and setting it up. Now I know that the nice action it has is my doing. I'm going to mess around with changing pickups for the practice of working on a strat, something I've never done before.
 

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Not looking too much into resale value since I can always part it out again and I got a pretty good deal on the body, all parts are band new.,.
 

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Hi all,

First of all, a disclaimer, I'm mostly a Strat guy so please don't judge me :)

I recently purchased an American Standard neck for my MIM Strat, the day it arrived I installed and decided it was not much of a difference and perhaps I should better spend those $500 on something different, so I sent it back and a new plan started, over the last few days I ordered the following parts and I'm just waiting for them to arrive to have my first ever telecaster:

  1. American Standard Body 3T Sunburst
  2. Fender Vintage 60's MIM neck
  3. American Deluxe bridge with chromed brass saddles
  4. Nocaster '51 pickups
  5. Fender vintage tuners

at the end of the day (including all electronics, hardware and even new strings) this will cost me about the same as a Classic Series MIM tele, but to be honest, I get as much if not more satisfaction from building my own than from playing and I think I will end up with something of higher quality.

As for the neck, I used to have a MIJ Strat with a vintage 50's neck and I love the 7.25" radius and the vintage frets and I wanted to get something distinctive from my current Strats (9.5" & Compound radiuses and Medium Jumbo frets).

any thoughts?


Welcome to the forum
Sounds like it will be a great tele. I have a 3TBurst, and they really look cool
when they start to relic. Get some pics going. I'd like to see what you're doing as you go alonng.
As far as being a strat guy that is irrelevant. If you stay long enough you will become one of us....one of us....one of us.....:lol:
 

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Welcome to the forum
Sounds like it will be a great tele. I have a 3TBurst, and they really look cool
when they start to relic. Get some pics going. I'd like to see what you're doing as you go alonng.
As far as being a strat guy that is irrelevant. If you stay long enough you will become one of us....one of us....one of us.....:lol:

Great idea, I'll take plenty of pictures and document the whole journey.

I've been wanting to play a tele for quite sometime, but I'm not sure I can live without a tremolo, perhaps a bigsby is in my future :p
 

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So the remaining parts arrived yesterday and I built it last night, it was surprisingly simple and much easier than building a Strat, so advantage Tele :)

I started by setting up the neck, the neck is very nice and with a comfortable 7.25" radius, installing the vintage tuners was a snap once I figured to use a screwdriver bit to center and hammer it in.
 

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After that it was a matter of aligning the tuner heads and using a slim screwdriver to avoid adding too much torque and stripping the wood
 

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and with that the neck was ready, I held off installing the string tree until the end when the strings were on the guitar. On a curious note, these necks are supposed to come with the nut slotted but not cut, but this one came cut for size 10 strings from the factory, so I didn't need to file the nut at all.
 

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Unfortunately the body was not packed correctly by the ebay seller and sustained some damage during transit, after speaking with the seller, he gave me a partial refund and I decided to try to patch it up with nail polish, I did that as the very last step.

I started the body by installing the pick guard and the neck pickup. the pickups are Custom Shop '51 nocasters, I decided on these after auditioning a bunch of options on youtube.
 

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I passed the ground wire (feels a little weird not having it soldered to the bridge, maybe I did this wrong....

and the bridge pickup...
 

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Then installed the bridge, I had to remove a couple of saddles to get to the screws.

Then I had to sort all the wires, there is a surprising number of ground wires on a tele :eek:

I had a leftover no-load pot from a previous strat build so I had to desolder it and then I set the pots and switches on the panel.

I followed the wiring diagram from the current American Standards.
 

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a little more soldering and closing the switch panel, plugged it to an amp and tested that the pickup switch positions were correct using a screwdriver.

After that I installed the neck, I used a non american standard neck plate as the neck does not have a metal insert so I assume the micro tilt is a no-no.
 

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Fmunoz

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Add some ernie balls, and rock on, plugged it in and everything worked at the first try (a first :D !) adjusted intonation which was simple with a six saddle bridge and to my surprise, the action was perfect, nice and low without having to fish out a hex key!



And that's it, this is the final product!

(forgot to take pictures of the string tree installation, but I was too eager to play it)



The verdict? plays great and sounds awesome, the perfect compliment to my other guitars (American 60th Anniversary & Ibanez S470)
 

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Beautiful guitar! Nice job pulling it all together and assembling something you'll love playing and be proud of. Congratulations!
 




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