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[DIY Telecaster] Cavities depths

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by GrayGeralt, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. GrayGeralt

    GrayGeralt TDPRI Member

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    Hi. I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but I will ask my question. I'm working on a Telecaster and I've reached the point where I have to drill the cavities. I researched, but I couldn't find all exact depths.

    Here's what I found:

    Neck pickup
    0.625", 0.65", 0.687", 0.75"

    Bridge pickup
    0.75", 0.85", 0.875"

    Wire channel
    ?

    For the control cavity and the neck pocket I found data indicating the same value. Control cavity - 1.5", Neck pocket - 0.625".

    After all, I don't know what depth to choose for the pickup cavities and wire channel. Could you help me?
     
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  2. _MementoMori_

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    The only one I can confirm with absolute certainty is the control cavity. You want 1.5" in order to install an Oak style wafer switch. Ask me how I know...
     
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  3. natec

    natec Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I've only built a half dozen bodies - so take this with a grain of salt. The neck pocket is the only dimension that is critical, as it is the basis for the alignment between the bridge and the neck. If you only get one thing right - that's it.

    As to the pickups - they need to be deep enough to be mounted, without breaking through the back of the guitar.
    Similar for the wire channel - it needs to be deep and/or wide enough to route wiring without breaking through the back of the guitar.

    good luck / have fun.
     
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  4. GrayGeralt

    GrayGeralt TDPRI Member

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    Thank you! But I wonder, doesn't it matter how deep the pickups are "buried"? Couldn't this affect the tone?
     
  5. GrayGeralt

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    Thank you!
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    this is a non critical metric.. but generally the vintage was 5/8ths on both.. more contemporaneously is ¾. which allows for some of the more modern pickups.

    the channel is usually the depth of the neck rout..

    r
     
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    Thank you! Mm.. I think I'll put some Wilkinson pickups in there.
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    that'll work..

    r
     
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    Some builders don't route the wire channel.

    Instead they drill through from the neck pocket either to the control cavity or to the bridge pickup cavity.

    Either way (routing or drilling) will work, but if you might want to do away with a pickguard, the drilling method leaves you a nice clean undisturbed surface.

    You'll need a longer than normal drill bit, but those are readily available.

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    natec Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Only if the pickups are mounted to the bottom of the cavity. Often they are mounted either to the pickguard or to a pickup ring that sits on the surface. In which case any extra depth is just space underneath...
     
  13. GrayGeralt

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    Oh.. now I'm ashamed that I didn't realized this and my reaction was "Oooh.. oh my God, right..". So.. the depth doesn't count that much. Thank you!!
     
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