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Ikeacaster: newbie tele copy on the cheap

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by tuuur, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. TeleAnon

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    I guess you missed the part where he said he doesn't like it, hasn't played in in years, and is tearing it apart...

    Tuur, you should auction/raffle the body!
     
  2. tuuur

    tuuur Friend of Leo's

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    Now there's an idea! ;-)

    Here is what it looks like right now. The body has darkened quite a bit over the years!

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  3. tpaul

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    If it doesn't make a good Tele body, it might make a nice clock.

    Before you make up your mind, try this: rebody the guitar with the same neck, hardware and electronics, to determine whether the body is the problem, or whether the problem lies somewhere else (could be a badly cut nut, or something wrong with the bridge and/or saddles). I'd try to pick up something cheap like a Squier body that will fit the neck and hardware without any complications.

    Alternately you could put a different neck and bridge on the existing body, keep everything else the same, and see what difference that makes.

    Or, make yourself a nifty clock.
     
  4. tuuur

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    Finally decided what to do... and the Tryggvecaster will live on as the logo on the headstock of the re-assembled Squier 51 it once belonged to.

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    Possible the body will be made into a twelve string. I got all parts: an all maple Eden neck, 12 kluson type tuners, nut blank. How hard can it be?
     
  5. Jupiter

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    And the circle is complete! :lol:
     
  6. tuuur

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    So here are the '51 and the tryggvecaster side by side.

    The neck currently on the tryggvecaster is weird in that it has a bow just in the neckpocket part, which causes the frets to block the strings there.

    Up till the 12th fret it plays well enough though. So I could either bin it or rip the frets off the end of the neck. :)
     

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  7. tuuur

    tuuur Friend of Leo's

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    After having put the 51 neck back on the Tryggvecaster again, and loving the sound, I still thought it was a shame to have a 51 body doing nothing. Plus I still did not like the pale looking neck on the Tryggve... so I bought a cheapo Chinese tele neck off ebay and put it on the Tryggvecaster.
    Been playing it all night and am very happy with the result!

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  8. decal

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    The tint on that cheapo neck is perfect for that body.
    This is the usual extent of my posts.."thumbs up" kind of stuff.
    Glad it's still evolving and you're enjoying playing it!
    I'm totally disgusted with guitars today, but that just looks so nice..
    I think I'm sleep deprived...I've been to Holland three times and wish
    I lived there...ok, off to bed.
     
  9. decal

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    crap. I killed your thread.
     
  10. tuuur

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    Course not! It's an old thread anyways
     
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  11. tuuur

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    Well... turns out I was not that happy.
    Never played the Squier again after that pic, so I sold that one off. A bit sad because I like the looks, but then again I really could not bond with it.

    As for the Tryggvecaster; I bought the wrong neck. The holes for the tuners were too big for vintage kluson style tuners. Tried to fix that by adding ducktape around the bushings, which didn't work.
    Also the nut is not that good. So it sat unplayed for several months again.

    Now I bought a Triple Telecaster neck including tuners which should be delivered this week; I hope that neck will fare better than the previous ones!
     
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    I'm newer to the board so never saw this thread back when it all started. Wow - great read and great job, even if you've had to adjust over the years.
     
  13. tuuur

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    Well, the Fender neck came in and long story short: it does not fit. It's got a much narrower neck pocket width. So I am keeping the darker neck on the Tryggvecaster. Now to find a new body to the Fender neck...

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    I've just read all of this thread.... love it!
     
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    This was one of the first builds I was exposed to when I first became aware of TDPRI. Great to see it's still developing! Now that I have an account, let me just say I love the body of the Tryggvecaster.

    I'm doing my own "I need a neck for this body / body for this neck" thing at the moment. Reminds me of hot dogs and hot dog buns...
     
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  16. tuuur

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    So the plan is to convert it to a Bigsbified guitar. Got a badly, orbital sander-reliced Bigsby and a rusty Fender 6 saddle bridge that will have to somehow do the trick. I'll need to deepen the bridgepockup route as the screws for this no name pickup that I plan to use are longer.

    The damage done:

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    Mock up:

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    The body colored nicely over the years:

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  17. tuuur

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    Finally, I have a playable (for my requirements) Tryggvecaster again.

    I added a Duesenberg trem, a shim, a piece of threaded metal as the bridge, and have only the bridge pickup connected.

    It’s obviously not very adjustable, but I don’t really care as I don’t gig or even play in a band right now.

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  18. Nubs

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    Well that certainly is different. Is there any possibility the strings are rubbing against the back of the bridge? That might cause some string breakage if they are. But overall, certainly a unique looking tele.

    Dig it!
     
  19. tuuur

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    Thanks!
    Nope, the strings don’t rub. There is a clearance of about 1 mm. I am considering to use the default saddles, though I have to be able to raise them a lot; and the current bolts seem too short.
     
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    Awesome thread. Cool to watch the project evolve. Love the tied together D string.
     
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