Are the USA spec Teke control plates different dimensions than Import spec?

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  1. Kloun

    Kloun Tele-Meister

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    So I'm doing a build and I tried installing CTS pots on the plate that I got and it doesn't fit. Googled it, and found out that the import spec control plates are different sizes and apparently I got an import (Asian) metric one instead of a USA/MIM standard size. See here: https://www.talkbass.com/threads/help-with-control-plate-holes.1122184/

    Could someone who has both a USA or MIM and an Asian import Tele compare the control plates for me? I want to see if they are the same dimensions other than the pot holes. If they are the same I will just open up the holes to fit. If they aren't I will order a new USA spec plate. I suspect that they may be different sizes because the Asian spec one barely covers up the cavity and I just want to make sure. I don't have an Asia made guitar to compare to. Thanks.
     
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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Treat this part as totally not for you. The reference holes don't match but what is more, the outer profile or shape is different also. I've compared them, in the past. It means the pickguards cannot be readily interchanged either.
     
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  3. Kloun

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    Thanks for info. Much appreciated. New plate ordered.
     
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