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Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Naigewron, Aug 31, 2020.
Looks like a fun project....one thing you might want to consider is locking tuners, it will help keep you in tune when using the tremlo bar......you can always add those later if it's a problem
I like this!!! Looks great! I had CV Thinline, sounded great, but the neck killed my hands, too thin, too narrow. I had to let it go. I'd love to do the same, at least replace the neck on one. Is it an easy fit? Do you think it will need adjustment shims or anything?
Fender-spec necks will slot right in.
Not sure if I will need shimming or not, but that will be because of the trem if so. If I used a standard Tele bridge, the neck replacement could be done in five minutes.
Here you go.
I started with two classic vibe thinlines and ended up with these:
Man, that thing looks TASTY! A thin line is on my bucket list, and I really want to put Wide Range hum buckers in it. I'm super jealous : )
Thank you for that information! I'll start my hunt for a thinline soon, I need to replace my 17 year old keyboard first. Good luck, and please post your project when you complete it, love to see how it comes out!
aye, noddy, ahm chuffed far ye!
the thinline is my fave fender product along with the jazz bass and twin reverb
Looks great man, good work!
Ok, some progress.
I haven't received my pickups yet, but the rest of the parts have come in, so I sat down for a couple of hours with a screwdriver to see if we could get something done
- Fender Standard Replacement Neck (MiM, Pau Ferro board, satin finish)
- Fender American Standard tuners (staggered, non-locking)
- Walnut pickguard from Electric Church Pickguards on eBay
- eBay no-name bridge with cutouts for bigsby stringing
- Gotoh InTune saddles
- Duesenberg Diamond Deluxe Tremolo (short version)
- (Not in the picture) Solderless wiring harness from Six String Supplies
Today's main finding was that the wiring harness was not designed for a Thinline Telecaster (where the controls are bunched closer together). It took a bit of gentle coercion (ie. bending), but I got it in there.
The pickguard had holes in all the right places, but the holes for the volume and tone knob were too tight and had to be expanded a little. I just used a knife to shave a little around the edge, and it all popped in.
The tremolo was an easy install - Mark the four holes, drill and just pop it in.
So at the moment I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of my pickups, and I also need to get the nut filed. All that's there now are six guide grooves; definitely not very playable.
I also need new knobs and a switch topper - The ones from the Squier did not fit.
I'm really happy with the look though - Definitely not something you see every day:
I don't know if you've done anything with the bridge yet but an offset screwdriver would be ideal for adjusting your intonation on a bridge like that.
Yeah, I was going to look into slotting the end of the screws, but I figured that one of those will be good enough. It's not like I'll be adjusting the intonation often.
Next step: Installing a Zero Glide Nut, which is a nut with a built-in zero fret.
Even with my exceptionally limited expertise (as in none at all), this went pretty well. WOuld have been even simpler if I had a decent flat file, and not just a skinny round one, but it worked out ok regardless.
So this is a nut with a buil-tin zero fret that requires no modification of the neck, and it seems to work as advertised. The string glides smoothly across the fret with no hangups, making tremolo operation really smooth and reliable.
I do have an issue with the tremolo though - It seems to have two "zero points", depending on whether I bend up or down. This seems to maybe be caused by a slight rattle in the main shaft that holds the strings, so I think I'll contact Duesenberg to see if this is a common issue and what may be done about it.
Other than that, this guitar is beginning to become really nice and playable. Next step will hopefully be the pickups, but they're taking their sweet time to arrive...
Finally received my pickup set last week and was able to complete the guitar (well, this version of it at least )
Guess I'll nickname this the "Browncaster", for obvious reasons
The Pribora pickups I originally ordered got lost in the mail, so after a bit of back and forth I got a refund. After that, I ordered a set of Bootstrap Pretzel pickups. They took a while to arrive, but finally got here on thursday and got installed that same evening.
I've also dulled down the gloss of the body with some very fine sandpaper and 0000 steel wool. It's not exactly up to luthier spec, but it looks a lot better than the plastic-y gloss that the Classic Vibe bodies come with.
This was my first time doing anything more advanced than replacing a pickguard, but I'm very happy with the result. It feels really nice and sounds like a Tele should. Overall, it's been a cool little journey, and the best part is that I feel much more confident about modding, so if I want to swap out parts or do another build in the future I know I can probably do it. I've also gotten a lot better at setting up a guitar after this, although it's definitely not 100% perfect quite yet.
I was originally planning on letting a guitar tech file a traditional nut for me, but I'm really happy with the performance of the ZeroGlide nut system. Even with very basic tools and zero experience, I got it installed and working after a couple of hours, and it works really well with the trem system.
There are a couple of small issues, of course - My first build was never going to be 100% perfect.
1: The tremolo is just a tiny bit misaligned, but thankfully not to the point where it seems to be affecting play. Should have measured that extra couple of times before drilling.
2: The InTune saddles seem to catch the strings a little, so the trem won't return to dead centre every time. They are presumably not ideal for a tremolo-equipped Tele.
I might want to replace those with a set of saddles without such a pronounced "break". As it stands, I have to be careful to let the trem return to centre the same way every time (either from below or from above).
3: The neck profile and finish is really nice, but I'm not the biggest fan of the feel of the pau ferro board. It feels a little bit "sticky". I might look into treatment options to see if I can get closer to the feel of a rosewood board.
Final parts list:
- Body: Squier Classic Vibe 60s Thinline Mahogany (dulled down)
- Neck: Fender MiM Replacement Tele neck with Pau Ferro fingerboard
- Pickups: Bootstrap Pretzel Telecaster pickup set
- Wiring: Six String Supplies solderless wiring harness
- Tuners: Fender American Standard (staggered, non-locking)
- Bridge: Unknown brand, found on eBay - Nickel scalloped bridge plate for Bigsby
- Saddles: Gotoh InTune brass saddles
- Nut: ZeroGlide nut (zero fret system)
- Pickguard: Walnut pickguard from Electric Church Pickguards on eBay
- Trem: Duesenberg Diamond Tremola
- Neck plate & screws: Squier Classic Vibe stock
- Strap buttons: Nicked from a Fender MiM Precision Bass
- Knobs and switch topper: Generic, ordered online
Bootstrap pickups. Love the string wrapped look:
Nut and tuners.
Tuners aren't in the best cosmetic shape, but they work fine. Hoping to avoid the need for a string tree:
Horn and neck pickup:
Most Pao Ferro necks I see on new guitars look cheap and harsh, out of place, but yours matches the guitar and looks very appropriate.
It's all about those shades of brown
Visually, I think that your Pau Ferro board goes well with that guitar color.
And, I find Pau Ferro tends to be hard and smooth like ebony.
The key with Pau Ferro is finding a Pau Ferro board that visually compliments the body. And often, that’s not so easy to do - especially if you love a dark rosewood board.