Bridge pickup cutout does not match cheap Chinese bridge.

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  1. Bill Allen

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    Hello all. IK am very glad I found this site. I am making two telecasters from walnut from a tree cut down in my neighbours yard. I bought the full sized plans online and made the bodies and necks before getting the pickups or bridges. I routed all the cutouts and when I want to place the bridge, the cutout for the bridge pickup did not match the corresponding cutout on the bridge. You can see the difference in the pics. In your esteemed opinions, should I wait till I get the pickups before removing anymore wood so I do not remove too much or should I just extrapolate the pickup recess further towards the neck? Not my first guitar but is my first tele. Thanks in advance for any advice. And YES, I know I should have bough tele3.jpg tele4.jpg t better bridges but they were cheap and nice and black. :)
     
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    First thing I think I would do is make some measurements to make sure your plans provide for the correct string length. I have had to do additional routing when changing bridges, but that was always on "factory routed" bodies, and I found the bridges were indeed "off". Make sure your guitar will intonate properly before you do any more to it.
     
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    Were the plans for a modern or vintage style bridge in their placement of routes?

    Yours looks like a modern, yes?
     
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    BINGO!!
     
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    Wouldn't it be easier to just mount a vintage bridge to the current body? It's ready to go.
     
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    The plans were from ALS (Australian Luthier Supplies) and it does not refer to the type of bridge, nor did the bridge refer to what it itself is. Silly me assumed they would match. I guess I'll get out my router.
     
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    And thank you very much for your replies.
     
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    Might double check your scale length with your new bridge before routing out more wood.
     
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    That is the very first thing I did and the reason I am here.
     
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    Hold on a sec, you haven't drilled the string-through holes or bridge screw holes yet. The modern six-saddle american standard type bridge plate has a different location for the pickup rout. Your best bet is to get a different bridge plate - not terribly expensive - just think outside of the "I must use what I already have on hand" box.

    If you were to rout more wood you're very likely to have an exaggerated "butt crack" which is where the rout peeks out from under the bridge plate along the sides.
     
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    I would find the proper bridge.
     
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