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Headstock Thickness

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Laren, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. Laren

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    Hi guys,

    I'm building a Cabronita sort of thing and decided to follow the plans which had the headstock thickness at 13mm. Now when I was checking earlier my tuners don't tighten down that much, they'ed be fine in a 15mm headstock.

    OK I can get some washers that would 'fill' them out but what I can't seem to find is some tuners that would fit on a 13mm headstock.

    Are they called something ? Something I could lookup?

    Many thanks,
    Paj

    The neck 'cos I know you like pics :)

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  2. pypa

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    Dumb question: are your plans calling for a 13mm headstock with or without an added veneer?

    If it were me, I'd build to a standard thickness because of better tuner availability and strength.
     
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  3. Laren

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    No veneer no. I should pulled myself at the time. I think there's two choices,

    1. Washers
    2. Get the threaded insert on the grinder and lose 1 or 2 mm

    I shall keep pondering. Of course I've already drilled the 10mm holes :oops:
     
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  4. crazydave911

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    I've seen tuner washers on Amazon and Ebay but they aren't easy to find. I build to 9/16" normally which seems to work well. I know that is close to 14mm but a little larger. I'm not big on following plans to that degree as I normally build non standard scale lengths and wood. YMMV but I massage such things to my needs not the other way around

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  5. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    When I built the double neck I thicknessed the heads (with veneers) to exactly 1/2 inch, which was the spec for the tuners that I intended to use. That was marginal, a couple of them were slightly loose. I considered adding a back strap but instead I added a second washer (purchased from LMII) and they are working fine. In the past I had always thicknessed to 9/16 but I thought I could go a bit thinner on these - it was a mistake to not have them in my hand and actually measure them (duh)

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    The Ed Hawley neck, which is my go-to tele neck drawing, specs out the tele peghead thickness at .580". That's what you should shoot for in metric if your Cabronita -like guitar has a F style peghead. I'd say your drawing is off.

    His drawing can be found here as neck PDF.

    https://www.gitarrebassbau.de/viewtopic.php?t=6


    His thread is one of the most viewed threads here:

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/53-cnc-build.83286/
     
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    Hardware store chrome washers work fine.
     
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    I did the same thing once , a file was my best friend. :)
     
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    Hear! Hear! It's called "Tweeking! If you're like me and have never built "A Kit Guitar" you have to comprise and adapt a heck of a lot because not everything you need will be in front of you. No-one will ever know that those washers or screws or whatever are not genuine Fender or Gibson supplied.

    Whip down to your local hardware shop and take a tuner with you and select what you need!!!

    DC ;)
     
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    Beautiful work Freeman!!!!

    DC
     
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    Since my design uses side mounted tuning machines , I need at least 3/4" headstock thickness to mount them . I really don't see what all the fuss is about .
     
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    Sorted with my belt sander :)

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    I’ve had to grind down the threaded ends before on a cheap kit guitar. It worked just fine.
     
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