Is there any reason I shouldn't put a Tele neck on a LP Special body?

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  1. Dismalhead

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    Hey people,

    Possibly a stupid question, but here goes.

    I'm trying to save some money and I'm going through past projects that stalled somewhere along the way. In the mood to be creative and see what I can mix and match out of the parts I've got.

    I picked up a couple of what I'm sure are Epiphone LP Special II bodies from GFS on their factory clearance section last year. They were really cheap. Both have dings in the paint and I'm about to refinish them. The body I want to use doesn't have bridge holes drilled in it yet.

    So I don't have a Gibson-style neck but I do have an Allparts Tele neck that's been sitting around. It fits quite snugly in the pocket.

    My questions are since the bridge hasn't been drilled yet is there anything I've got to take into consideration before making this into a 25.5" scale guitar with a Tele neck? Do I have to worry about the neck angle? I've already got a nice top loading hardtail bridge I picked up from StewMac a few years ago, ready to go.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dacious

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    No. Just have to carefully measure and drill bridge mounts slightly further from the neck
     
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    The toanz are excellent in space-time continuum rifts! Not to mention the sustain and echo!

    (Personally, I say if you have the neck, and a body not yet drilled for bridge, why not?)
     
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    measure twice (at least) drill once
     
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    its been done. all it takes is the will.... and a strong gag reflex

    ha ha.... just kidding, go for it
     
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    Sounds like an interesting hybrid. Give it a shot
     
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    Your head will probably explode when the lightning bolt hits you when plugging it in for the first time...:lol:



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    Strings N Things Custom Guitar shop in Memphis back in the late 70's and 80's made a LP special body with Tele neck and pickups for many famous guitarist's(BFG, Billy Squire and others) and later became St. Blues Guitars.

    My friend had one of those monstrosities. Guitar was heavy and the neck warped after a few years, got used as a slide guitar til it was stolen.
     
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    Am building a Les Paul Jr. right now in a dark cherry finish.
    The one above is CERTAINLY not period correct. Tunomatic saddles ( PITA) , three controls (?)
    and is the neck the correct scale length? I take it it is. Stratocaster headstock, not as purty as a Telecaster's. How many screws in a pickguard? Also a Humbucker, not a single P-90 I'd only make it to a very dear friend and to specific instructions. Sorry to p..s on your parade.
    Any reason not to, NO, I just wouldn't and I certainly wouldn't put my ABN ( Australian Business Number) decal on it. I'd deny I built it and get new owner to sign a waiver to that affect.
     
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    It looks better with a strat headstock and darker fretboard.
     
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    Call the service dept at Warmoth.
    I’m pretty sure that neck needs to be angled. Not even sure if your Bridge will work. They drill recessed mounting holes for a TOM Bridge.
    Maybe you shim the neck pocket, Stewmac sells tapered shims that cover the whole pocket, come in .25 .5 and 1 degree
     
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    If you use a Gibson style bridge, the neck needs an angle.

    If you use a fender-style bridge, no problem.
     
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    If those bodies were designed for a bolt-on neck, the pocket itself might be angled...
     
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