DIY Chambered Squier

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  1. jsntg

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    My beautiful '69 Thinline grew legs :( Really missed the lightness and acoustic tone as 99% of my playing is unplugged. Loved the playability and craft of my largely robot made Indonesian Tele so pulled out the router and took it to the next level!

    Closeout Squier Tele (blem): $130
    Aluminum flashing: $7
    Desk grommet: $6
    Stainless steel screws: $12
    Total: $155
     

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  2. Timbresmith1

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    Nice!
    The backplate also functions to prohibit shirtless playing. It’s either cold or ripping out chest hair : o
     
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    That's awesome! I've actually been thinking about doing something similar with a partscaster build I did using a very heavy Squier J5 body...
     
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    Spectacular! :cool:
     
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    Cold heart, warm hands and Nair FTW!
     
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    I imagine there was some sanding done. Cool project.
     
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    Seems less "chambered" and more "semi hollow". Really cool idea though, and the execution looks good too. Any audible differences, unplugged / amped?
     
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    Well done! and you could do a little etching or tinsmithing if you get bored....seriously, that's pretty cool.
     
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    Wow. Very brave too. Did you have a template of some description or did you freehand it?
     
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    Very nice! I've been thinking of doing a similar mod to a plywood Epiphone LP Jr I have. I don't really play it because it's 9 lbs. and I ain't a big guy. I don't have a router, but was planning to use Forstner bits.

    As a teen in the late 80s, I had a wood-bodied Airline that came that way from the factory: weight-relieved with a huge Forstner bit, and the back was covered with plastic that was almost the size of the body.
     
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    Minimal sanding - <10 minutes to clean up some router marks. The router cuts pretty clean. Rout took about 40 minutes as basswood is fairly hard. Was cutting 1/8” each pass. Used a guide on the router to follow body contour (see pic with router and protruding nail in base) and to make the straight cuts. Otherwise freehand. About 5 hours of labor which included running to the hardware store.
     
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    Yes fairly pronounced difference unplugged. It’s *bright*! A lot of sound comes out of the 2 1/2” port. Significantly louder than my old Thinline. And more resonate. The A string wants to sing so having to adjust my muting technique.

    The metal back seems to act like a reverb spring as there is a pronounced decay even after the string has been dampened. In fact when I first strung it, I thought ‘too much twang’ and considered replacing the metal back with wood but have since warmed up to it. If twang is not your thang, I would recommend taming it with a heavier gauge metal backing or using lighter gauge strings (I’m using 10s). It’s definitely livelier than the Thinline.

    Amped clean, there is a subtle dobro-like metallic timbre. As expected, it feeds back quicker with gain.

    Bonus: it is 2+ pounds lighter. Nose dive no factor. Will post some video.
     
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    That is a great idea! Now you have me thinking about a design.
     
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    Fearless! I dig it!

    About a year ago I sliced a Tele body like a layer cake, honeycombed it, and glued it back together. I lost a full pound on the pine body...less than I expected...but I did leave a substantial amount of wood in there compared to your project.

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    oh no. Not to a J5!
     
  16. RomanS

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    Why?
     
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    I mean you can. They just aren’t around anymore. Hard to find.
     
  18. RomanS

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    Well, mine is far from original, I just used the J5 as the cheapest source for a double-bound black body. Bought it used, sold the neck, put a Warmoth neck on it, some HB-sized Dynasonics, a Mosrite trem, and a different pickguard...

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    Ohh I like that. But I’m also a big John 5 fan. I’ve been looking for a complete one for years. They are either like this (broken up) or over priced to the point it’s not even justifiable. I suppose I can always makes a replica. And be just as happy.
     
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