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American Fender/Foreign-made Squier compatibility?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Willie Johnson, Oct 4, 2020.

  1. Willie Johnson

    Willie Johnson Tele-Meister

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    I just got a Squier Bullet Tele (noted in previous posts) that I really like, but putting it next to my '90's American Strat has the wheels turning--will my Strat neck (22 frets) bolt onto the thinner (21 frets) Tele body and intonnate? I'm thinking that the combination of these two guitars would make the ultimate Nashville Tele--the middle pickup on this Strat (first-run Fender Custom Shop '50's, Jimmy Vaughn wiring) is a real gem. I could modify a new pickguard, but don't want to hog out the neck pocket of the Tele.
     
  2. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Probably, if the 22 fret is an overhang for the last fret.most are.
     
  3. SbS

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    Shouldn't be a problem, it's the same scale. If overhang sits too tightly on top of the pickguard, it may need sone sanding.

    There may be differencies in cavity size (bigger pots won't fit very well), jack and screw sizes (metric vs. inch). But those can be fixed too, takes just a little wood work.
     
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    If you want to use US/CTS/CRL parts, the holes in the control plate need to be enlarged.
     
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    Oh yes, this too
     
  6. telemnemonics

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    In general there are only a few parts issues between Fender and Squier.

    Another question though is why do that particular combo?
    I think you’d lose more than you gained.

    Note that the neck heels allow Strat necks on Tele bodies but work less well the other way around. So you go from two to one guitar, and the one you get is less good than before the mod.
     
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    The scale isn't the compatibility issue with Fenders & certain Squiers.

    There are years of Squiers where they simply screw the neck on. Meaning that they didn't use a template for hole locations. On these Squiers holes need to be filled & drilled in the correct location.

    Newer Squiers are fine.
     
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    Nothing wrong with a Strat neck on a Tele body. That's been a certified permissible mod since Clapton did that video with Blind Faith.
     
  9. Willie Johnson

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    Thanks all--that feedback is helpful.

    I'm ok with being down a guitar, if I could have one Fender to rule them all. I've got two other Strats for those sounds, albeit not as nice. I'd sell off the old body (swimming pool rout, early '90's poplar sunburst) and keep the n/b p'ups for a future project. Lemme sleep on it.
     
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