Modded my hardtail strat to be a T-type!

skhan007

Tele-Meister
Joined
Mar 4, 2009
Posts
123
Location
Northern Virginia
That is a fine piece of work! All the comfort and ergonomics of a Stratocaster, and all the twang and bite of a Telecaster. Best of both worlds!

That painted head stock face to match the body is a beautiful thing. Is this a partscaster, or is it a Fender reissue of some sort. Love that transition decal, too.
Ahhh, Brother from another Mother Bubba!

Curious what model Strat that is?
I keep hunting for hardtail Strat bodies and it's slim pickin's, there's the Robert Cray and then Squiers, must be others I missed.
I did the same guard mod to mount a Tele bridge pickup several years ago, and have since made my main guitar using a raw hardtail Strat body I fabbed up a three saddle bridge plate for from aluminum angle stock.
Just got a second hardtail body from the great Tauro Woodworks on ebay, and he made some spec changes for me including drilling for a four screw Tele bridge rather than the Strat hardtail bridge.
It’s a Warmoth body and neck, hardtail, that I built about 21 years ago. Very well-played and super worn in. I’ll post more up close pics soon.
 

jays0n

Tele-Afflicted
Joined
Jan 11, 2009
Posts
1,634
Location
San Francisco, CA
I did this to an 80s Bullet. It’s a top load and the original 6 saddles without much tension on em would rattle. This solved it (two strings pressure on each saddle and maybe the width helps too).
1B56AF3F-B516-4D2C-A610-B0BA8E35D88D.jpeg
 

telemnemonics

Telefied
Ad Free Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2010
Posts
32,978
Age
62
Location
Maine
I did this to an 80s Bullet. It’s a top load and the original 6 saddles without much tension on em would rattle. This solved it (two strings pressure on each saddle and maybe the width helps too).
View attachment 938171

Looks like the saddles are sitting on the plastic guard?
Is there a metal bridge plate?
Cool however you made it work!
 

stilesg57

Tele-Holic
Joined
Oct 20, 2011
Posts
579
Location
Chicago
Cool thread, I am interested in doing something like these for a future build someday.

Any noticed tonal effect by screwing the Tele pickup directly to a plastic pickguard on these Strat hybrids vs a Tele-style bridge or metal mounting plate that surrounds the pickup?
 

telemnemonics

Telefied
Ad Free Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2010
Posts
32,978
Age
62
Location
Maine
Cool thread, I am interested in doing something like these for a future build someday.

Any noticed tonal effect by screwing the Tele pickup directly to a plastic pickguard on these Strat hybrids vs a Tele-style bridge or metal mounting plate that surrounds the pickup?
Yes for a number of reasons that combine.
No steel around the pickup.
Different bridge design whether Strat trem or hardtail plate. Break angle included in bridge design.
Different saddle type and material.
 

skhan007

Tele-Meister
Joined
Mar 4, 2009
Posts
123
Location
Northern Virginia
Here are some up close pics of my hardtail strat bubba conversion. The neck is really worn-in naturally from about 20 years of hard playing. Check out the rosewood board.
uyPFUmfh.jpg

rkWKRCNh.jpg

4MOfM2Lh.jpg

rZ5BZAgh.jpg
 

Sax-son

Tele-Afflicted
Joined
Mar 20, 2019
Posts
1,932
Age
70
Location
Three Rivers, CA
No reason not to, Lowell George had a tele setup in his Strat years before all this hot rodding was being done. Ry Cooder has his Strats set up like a lap steel. Just other variations of the platform.

This is my variation of a Tele set up. Fender Custom Shop 54's wired like a Telecaster. but 2 single coils in tandem like the Robbie Robertson strat. Sounds awesome and has a lot of punch. The bottom tone knob is a dummy.
Robbie Strat.JPG
 
Last edited:

skhan007

Tele-Meister
Joined
Mar 4, 2009
Posts
123
Location
Northern Virginia
Awesome. Fender should put (and keep) these in the catalogue...

What kind of switching did you opt for?
Just a regular three-way switch, one vol., two tones. Interestingly, it's a very bright sounding guitar (a good thing to me). I think it's easy to roll down the tone knob on a bright guitar, but can't add highs to a dark/dull sounding guitar. Somehow, this one twangs pretty nicely. Must be the combination of the bridge/saddle materials and Fralin pickups.
 

Chicago Matt

Friend of Leo's
Joined
Aug 23, 2014
Posts
3,570
Age
72
Location
Woodstock
After learning about the Bubba mod, I decided to have my hardtail strat bridge drilled to accommodate three brass saddles. My neighbor is machinist who builds/mods custom motorcycles, so he has all the fabrication equipment. I got some Wilkinson saddles, put in a set of Fralin Blues Specials (some of my favorite pickups ever made- manufactured right here in Virginia!) and had custom pickguard made. I really dig this guitar and since I don't have a rosewood board tele, it kind of satisfies that need! I guess I should call this a Bubbacaster.

zXYNgBgh.jpg
Wow, very cool guitar!
 




New Posts

Top