Les Paul jr. Tele conversion

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Does anyone know of any examples where a slab body les Paul had tele hardware installed. I found a used epiphone LP special for cheap that I'm thinking about giving it a shot on. Main issues I might run into?
 

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I've seen some for sale, I think there are several companies that make them.

The problem with an LP Special is that the stock bridge sits much higher, so you'll have to get the tele saddles very high, and you won't be able to get the pickup that close to the strings. I don't think it's a good idea.
 

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The Epiphone likely has a bolt on neck though, so the neck angle can be changed to better accommodate the tele bridge.
 

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Does anyone know of any examples where a slab body les Paul had tele hardware installed. I found a used epiphone LP special for cheap that I'm thinking about giving it a shot on. Main issues I might run into?
It's funny you should mention this "blending" of guitar models.....I've been considering putting together a Tele-shaped body, with a Gibson-scale Tele-style neck, a "lightning bolt" wrap-around bridge, and a P-90. I really like the Tele-style body and neck, but also love both my 1960 Les Paul Jr and my PRS SE One.
Good luck!.....and be sure to post any results. ;)
 

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i know it's none of my business, but i'd like to register my disgust at the thought of this abomination online because that is what the internet is for.
 

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As several have mentioned, the geometry is wrong. If it is a screwed on neck that could be corrected, a set neck will be difficult. The string spacing at the bridge may be wrong. You will have to fill holes and redrill or route for the new bridge. The pickups may be at the wrong height. LP's have 12 inch radius f/b, fenders a lot less....

It can probably be MacGuivered, but why?
 

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It can probably be MacGuivered, but why?

Why not?

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I had Special II and a cheap Junior as my first guitars. They both had shims. I remember removing them cause I thought it was just piece of wood that was left there during assembly. It looked like a worn out popsicle stick. I didn't know any better. Anyways, it screwed with my neck angle for TOM and wraparound bridges. I'm sure you can get the neck angle to work if you remove them.
 

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Thanks for the opinions and responses. I love the look of it in the examples and would like to have a different neck shape sometimes. I'd probably be happier just putting a fatter neck on my tele but I like to tinker too much.
 

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Couldn’t one just fabricate a metal shim to go under the bridge plate? Make it as thick as needed?

That could work to preserve the angle of the neck. I did like the idea of Moving the neck better though. Just to reduce weight and bulkiness. I work at an iron shop with a lot of scrap though so I may resort to that.
 

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I'm sure you're aware of this, but since the LP Junior is 24.75" scale length and a Tele neck has frets spaced for 25.5", then you'll have to reposition the Junior's wrap-around bridge compared to its current position, or if installing a Tele bridge, mount it to give the Fender scale length. The latter would probably be the easier option, but you'll have the 2 holes for the Epi bridge inserts on the face of the body to fill and hide.
 

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"Oh, please dont! It hurts me right in the feelz!"

[huge eye roll] Suck it up, cupcake. If your mommy told you life was supposed to be fair, she was grossly misinformed.

Why not try it? I made one about 10 years ago from a pine slab as an experiment. It was a screw-on neck, flat slab body with no neck angle, and a Tele-style bridge. Basically a Telecaster with a 24.75" scale neck and a body shaped like a single-cut Junior. I liked it. I had guitar player pals who thought it was an abomination; I didn't lose any sleep over it, but I'll bet they did :twisted:
 




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