DIY Tele Kit

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  1. nchap125

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    Hey All,

    I am new here, and really hoping someone can point me in the right direction.

    This is my 2nd DIY kit and the first came out great (jazz bass), so I am now doing a tele... I didn't get my new bridge in yet (bought the Fender American & bridge pick up), however, I'm starting to do the set up and I think either the neck pocket is not deep enough or the bridge pick up routing is wrong.


    I've measured 12.75" to the 12th fret.. So 25.5" is typically to the middle of the saddles, but it looks like it's just near the end. For the 1st string, it's right on the money. But, i'd be more worried about the Low E which is around 26".

    Please let me know if you think I should widen the neck or bridge pocket to move them a bit closer for intonation. I never built a tele before, so any help would be great.

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  2. Binx

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    Looks to me like if you widen the bridge to bring it closer, you will be running into the pickguard. Neck might be the same situation, hard to tell from the angle, but I would think moving the neck back might be a better bet. Or take a little bit from each, looks like the bridge might have 1/16" or more it can move. Hopefully someone else can chime in :)
     
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    If everything else "fits" together OK, could you use a longer saddle adjustment screw to bring the saddle closer to the nut? I had to do that once, to get correct intonation.
     
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  4. nchap125

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    Thank you both for you replies. I was thinking of those solutions. The new bridge is supposed to arrive tomorrow, so that will help me figure this out a bit better. However, I'm assuming both bridges are the same size, but then again, you never know with these DIY kits. I'm not worried about the pick guard as I am planning to do a thin line style for this that I will probably make myself.

    I posted a better picture of the measurement as well.
     

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    Welcome to TDPRI! ^^^^^

    Probably best to get your new bridge unit, then assess what's going on. I'd definitely not rush to solve anything with a router than can be solved with different screws!
     
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    Looking at your second post, sending the kit back might be a better option. That seems a long way off to me.
     
  7. nchap125

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    Thank you Simon, I agree. However, I'm a better woodworker than guitar player, so I'm not afraid to use the router!

    I'll post tomorrow and see if perhaps the bridge unit is out of spec.

    But yes - I may look to see if I can get a replacement as well.
     
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    At which fret does the neck and body meet? Should be at 16
     
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    The low E string will move back so you'll have adjustment space there. Are you mixing US and Metric parts? Some ebay import bits will be off -- I have one guitar I salvaged that was off like you see. Make sure the neck is tight in the pocket, and the pickup is forward in it's pocket.

    If you put 10s on the guitar then all the saddles have to go back.

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    Good evening all - So the fret where the body and neck meets is just about the 16th. It's a bit short, about 1/8-1/4 of an inch.

    In addition, I measured the distance from the bridge to the end of the body, which is 4 and 3/8". Not sure what a normal tele is there.

    With the new bridge, it's still short, but much better since the screws/saddles are all equal.

    So I'm assuming I need to take 1/4 on the neck pocket and 1/4 on the bridge to make this work.

    Any other comments / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!


    EDIT: Yes, I am mixing parts. I purchased Fender American Bridge & PU, American Neck PU. I will be wiring in my own electronics. The body/neck is from the Chinese imported Kit.
     

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  11. Binx

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    Looking at the bridge, it is about 1/4 off, so I would say you would be good take 1/8 from the neck pocket and 1/8 from the bridge route. As long as it is close to 25.5", you will have a bit of wiggle room with your saddle adjustment screws
     
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    Thank you Binx, I think that's a good middle ground (1/8" on each). Worst case scenario, I can take more from the bridge if needed.

    Hopefully I will have time to do it this weekend and will update once done.

    Thank you all again!
     
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    Look forward to seeing how it turns out! Man, for the money those tele kits sure look like a fun project
     
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    $69.99! ...uh-oh, this might be too good a deal to pass up, if the neck is okay. Keep us posted on your progress!

    My first DIY guitar, a $75 12-string tele kit from eBay, is what brought me to TDPRI, too! I still learn a ton from this place. :)
     
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    Hey all - I took about 1/8th inch off the bridge hole and the neck pocket!

    So, I am very glad I did, the neck fits in much nicer now. and I'm right on the money for the scale!!

    Now I need to figure out if I want to go the standard pick guard, or fill in the hole and do the thin line.. I really like the thin line look.
     

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    I like the thin line look a lot of the time, makes it different, which catches my eye. Though a traditional tele is a classic. What color do you plan to do?
     
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    I am going to do a rit dye stain. Either a blueish gradient or sunburst.. not sure yet.


    The grain is very small so it does look like a pair of jeans.. not sure i'm a fan of that. I can always paint if I want to as well.
     

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    Did a second coat with aquamarine.. I do like the back.
     

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    What is that laser looking line on the guitar? I'm assembling a Jazzmaster from parts and sure could use some help. Right now I'm just eyeballing it. Thanks,Jack
     
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