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My FIRST TELECASTER BUILD is finished!

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by CarsAndGuitarsYT, Feb 12, 2021.

  1. CarsAndGuitarsYT

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    So I had posted on this forum a while back that parts to build a Telecaster, especially a body and neck, are expensive.

    That night, I found some amazing deals.

    So I did it, I built a Telecaster.

    This is what it started life as: a newer Squier FSR (Factory Special Run) Telecaster in sparkle red.
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    I decided to keep the finish.

    I wanted to put a humbucker in the bridge, so I bought an inexpensive one and a pickguard for it on amazon, I was hoping it would be routed for one.

    I'm in luck!
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    I lost the pictures of me drilling the neck, but I used a drill press obviously.

    And this is me putting strings on it with everything else finished (I also added some new abalone topped knobs as shown:
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    And after a full setup, professional cleaning, and new strings, here it is finished close up!
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    P.S.

    Total money spent on this build is $250, so not terrible;)
     
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    Nicely done! Hope you get years of trouble free service from it.
     
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    Me too haha! Can't go wrong with a Tele!
     
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    Nice job looks great. Is the neck a Squier unbranded?
     
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    It's a neck off of Amazon. Good quality though.
     
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    Righteous!:cool:
     
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    I dig the red sparkle! Nice work.
     
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    Cool, looks really nice.
     
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    do you have a link to it? Always looking for good deals.
     
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    love that sparkly red and pearl pickguard:D:D
     
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    Nice job on your neck pickup install. Any plans for the bridge pickup?
     
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    Curious as to why the neck swap? Looks super cool!
     
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    Love the color. If it plays half as good as it looks, you're doing OK!
     
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    Probably the next project!
     
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    If you mean the neck pickup, I wanted more versatile tones and I just like the sound.

    If you mean the actual neck, I never had the original neck in the first place, I got just the body on ebay. Thanks!
     
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    Beautiful. Nice job!
     
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    Looks awesome!

    Couple Q's about that neck, because it looks like a pretty good starting point for that price.

    Was the neck finished? The listing is vague and a couple answers there on Amazon seemed to indicate it was unfinished.

    If it was finished, then my next Q is irrelevant.

    Does the neck to heel transition look like what is pictured on Amazon - rounded? If so, and it's not finished, it can be easily sanded and tapered to match Fender's shape which I think is more comfortable.

    Lastly, that is the perfect neck to learn how to dress fret ends. Those look a little sharp. There are StewMac and other videos on YouTube that give a great tutorial. If you get the hang of it, it's very satisfying to do yourself.

    Here is an example, but I bought a cheaper hardware store file and smoothed the edges myself with a dremel. Ends up being a nearly identical tool.

    https://www.lmii.com/fretting-tools/26464-3-corner-cant-file-for-fretwork.html

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing more mods...4 way switch? Coil splitting? 500k pots? Brass saddles?

    It's an addiction.
     
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    Neck does not come with 10mm holes as stated on Amazon. If you're using vintage tuners, you're in good shape, if not, get out the drill.
     
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