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Changing the neck of my 72 Thinline MIM

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by qcridgerunner, Dec 5, 2020.

  1. qcridgerunner

    qcridgerunner TDPRI Member

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    I am considering changing to a modern C shape 22 fret neck. I find the current neck too thick with my arthritis. How do I proceed in that vein ? I want a maple neck similar to the new American Player Teles. Thanks for any input folks !
     
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    If you decide to sell the neck, let me know! May be interested
     
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    black_doug Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I had a tech plane the fingerboard down to the modern 9.5 spec. Not sure if you’d want the back shaved also.

    At the time it was cheaper than buying a new neck. That was twenty years ago so I don’t know about today’s cost.
     
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    qcridgerunner TDPRI Member

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    Nice options here thanks. A C neck with a 9.5 radius would suit me ! If I go from a 21 fret neck to a 22 fret, the spacing between the first frets will be smaller, right ? Therefore, a Cm9 will be less of a stretch ?
     
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    Sorry about your arthritis. That's one of my favorite necks.
     
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    No. A 22-fret fingerboard is just slightly longer.
    Fret spacing won’t change unless you change scale length. If you want closer spacing between frets you’ll want to consider a 24.75” scale instead if the “standard” telecaster 25.5” scale.
    Warmoth makes telecaster necks in 24.75” scale length, and a number of folks here really like the shorter scale - sometimes referred to as Gibson scale, as that’s the scale length most commonly found on Gibsons.
     
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    qcridgerunner TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the clarification. I own a 339 Pro Epiphone so I am familiar with the short scale. It can get quite tight from the 8th fret on up for some jazz chords with my fat fingers. I was hoping...
     
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    Warmoth makes a lot of different neck profiles, woods and finishes. They are worth a look.
     
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