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I've made a Booboo

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Laren, Dec 1, 2020.

  1. Laren

    Laren Tele-Meister

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    Ooops! Made a slight mistake. I was setting up my new build and saying to myself 'wtf'? 'That sound terrible'.

    Turns out my bridge is placed at 24.5 and not 25.5. Bugger!

    So guys what's the best fix?

    1. Move the bridge? Ah, that would mean I have to move the pickup back and that would mean, oh and that.

    2. Build a longer neck. Add 2 more frets (so it's 24) so that it will 'look right'

    I'm leaning to 'build a new neck'. I can still use this on another build.

    Your thoughts.

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  2. Lucius Paisley

    Lucius Paisley Tele-Holic

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    I hate to say it because it will be an expensive lesson, but start the body over. I don't think a longer neck is going to fix it.
     
  3. Jupiter

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    Ouch

    wouldn’t the answer be to build a SHORTER neck (with a 24.5 scale length)?
     
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  4. RiversQC

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    Move pickup, change pickguard plan?

    That's a tough one, but gotta be something you can do to save the body after so much work!
     
  5. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    we have a winner..

    r
     
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  6. guitarbuilder

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    If it were me it would be easier to build another simple neck for it. You won't have the psychological scars of having to live with the screwed up body. Then build a body for the first neck correctly. That way you end up with two guitars, which is a plus.
     
  7. WingedWords

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    Yes, make a new neck and you're half way towards your next build.

    It looks a lovely instrument.
     
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  8. Jimclarke100

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    I’d go with a new neck. Probably at the 24.5” scale as pushing the neck out with the 25.5” would likely look/feel odd.
     
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  9. Laren

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    Yes. I'll go measure everything and have a look. It's for my brother and he likes a 25.5. It it looks wrong I'll see if I can persuade him otherwise. Maybe a 25?
     
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  10. crazydave911

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    Seeing as 24.5 is one of my standards I'd go this way. It is very close to the old Gibson standard 24.625 and with those pickups would have a distinctive sound, not Tele not Gibson but something all it's own :). Your call

    Dave
     
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  11. ctmullins

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    New neck, 25” scale, 24 frets. :cool:

    It’d be a sleeper shredder Tele!
     
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  12. Laren

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    I'll measure it all out tomorrow, I'll need a template for it. See how it seems.
     
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    Fender Jaguar neck (24" scale) and a toploader bridge. You might even get by using your current bridge and string through holes by installing a set of these:

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    Your break angle over the bridge will be shallower so you may have to put longer saddle height screws in but it beats the alternative.
     
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  14. Peegoo

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    Move the bridge and the pickup and install a custom pickguard. You've probably heard the following:

    "A fine woodworker makes beautiful things. A truly great one knows how to hide their mistakes."
     
  15. crazydave911

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    Something puzzles me, in that first picture I can see your string through holes. Do you already have the bridge loose and scooted back?

    Dave
     
  16. E-miel

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    Like you said I think you can look at this problem in two ways.
    1 - Your bridge is not in the right spot
    2 - Your frets are not in the right spot

    I would probably fix such an issue by building a new neck with the frets in the right place. And then build a new body for the old neck ;)
     
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    Hehe I KNEW Dave would be pro short-scale on thisun! :lol:
     
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    put a standard top loading tele bridge on it?
     
  19. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Gibson would be astonished that's a short scale. Tons of LPs went out the door only 1/8" longer lol. But yes, love my shorties. Can't wait to get my latest 12 fixed, playing it so much without the pickups it'll need strings by the time they work :lol::lol:
     
  20. Gaz_

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    These things happen. Build a new 24.5 neck, bolt it on, if you brother doesn't like it, make a new body to match the old neck and sell the 24.5 guitar.

    If you "fix" that body, will you ever be truly happy with it?
     
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