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Am I insane?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Munchie99, Oct 1, 2020.

  1. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    You're no nuts, you've got a case of hot rod-itise.
    It's like getting and old Falcon and working of the engine, adding two in series carburetors and a Band M Hydro Transmission, a high performance rear end and replacing the stock suspension, and maybe just having it look completely stock ,right down to the paint and hubcaps, all this equaling a hot'cha sleeper.
     
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  2. TwangerWannabe

    TwangerWannabe Tele-Holic

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    You do you.
     
  3. Thebluesman

    Thebluesman Tele-Holic

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    absolutely!learn,diy it etc and with the knowledge gained...mod a gtr to your hearts content with confidence assured every time..
     
  4. Munchie99

    Munchie99 Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Yeah, we live in the golden age of cheap guitars. I'm really impressed with the three Squiers I've bought, each one under $200. Two teles and a mustang HH, which makes some gloriously obnoxious distortion sounds. They were all set up and playable, practically in tune even, right out of the box.
     
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  5. Munchie99

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  6. Munchie99

    Munchie99 Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    All right, I like the neck. Gotta sand the fret ends down a little is all. And the body looks right.

    Everything else is meh. And I can’t get the low E string to intonate. Turn the screw in either direction and the pitch changes, but get it back to E, and the 12th fret E stays way sharp no matter what.

    So screw it. I’m making Abe Lincoln’s axe anyway. Can anybody recommend a good bridge for a nocaster?
     
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  7. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    yeah, me too, what's a good modern bridge for a squire tele?
     
  8. el cheapo

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    Looks a lot like mine...

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    If 12th fret note is sharp, lengthen the string until open string and 12th fret note are in tune (move saddle away from the nut). Stock bridge works fine, but I noticed that my #1 string kept drifting toward the edge of the fretboard. The fat stock saddles gave no room for adjustment, so I replaced them with thinner ones and now I have room to put the string where it needs to be.
     
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    Tornado Tele-Meister

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    If the guitar plays well and stays in tune why not.
     
  10. Munchie99

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    Changed strings (D'Addario 10s, not K-Mart 9s or whatever finger-staining junk was on it) and put a new nut on today. I managed to take a tiny chunk out of the neck trying to get the old nut out. Apparently there was a sale on nut glue in Indonesia that week. I had to score it several times, whang on it, and pry pieces out with pliers, and of course I slipped once. Then I had to file away a layer of encrusted nut/glue composite off the bottom of the slot. Curse you, whichever atypical Indonesian hack happened to be working that day.

    But I glued the piece back on, crudely, with Titebond. Clamped it and let it set. I'll see if I can sand it down and fill it in a little, but it's not in the way of my left hand at all. Just a testament to my incompetence.

    I haven't glued the nut in yet; it's just string tension. I need to polish it up first.
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    I put a new Tusq nut on my Bullet. The nut was really glued in. I have changed many nuts and this was the toughest to break free. At least you got it replaced.
     
  12. Munchie99

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    I took it out and worked on the slot a little more just now. I clamped the reglued chunk and carefully filed the top of it so it's flush with the rest of the neck side, and I got the bottom of the slot almost completely flat. Just the teeniest bit of daylight, shadow really, at the very end of the treble side. Sounds fine.
     
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    If you’re doing it as an investment, you’re insane. If you are doing it because you like the guitar, want to experiment and want to make it sound better, why not?
     
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    Recommendation for replacement bridge.. Wilkinson three saddle ashtray bridge with compensated brass saddles. Will look the part on a Nocaster build and all the ones I've used intonate well. I've used them on several Tele projects they're a big step up from the stock Squire hardware but still reasonably priced.
     
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    Heartily encouraging you. I've been fooling around with a Squier HH Tele in metallic black. Switched out the pickups for some old Washburns I had laying around and now am going to put on an ebony neck. What I've found is it doesn't matter if the guitar is $100 or a $1000 bucks. They all sound the same, pretty much, when I pick them up.
     
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    I've probably got the same tele (surf green?) waiting for me to put in a set of V-mods I got in a trade. I'm toying with the idea of getting the Strat v-mod middle and making it a Nashville just for the practice, but I'm hung up on the out of phase polarity bit.
     
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    It's totally up to you man. Depending on what you may spend to do this. A CV Tele could be about the same price and, really you would have a better guitar.
     
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    I’ve had good luck sound wise upgrading pickups and bridge on an Affinity. In my experience with that and a cheap Epi LP, the fret ends stick out. Be prepared to do some filing.
     
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    I've got a Bullet Strat hardtail that now has Wilkinson vintage tuners, a single humbucker in the bridge, and a 50's LP Jr wiring kit. Do what makes you happy.
     
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    Go for it!
     
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