Stop me before I take a sander to my Tele!!

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  1. gbart14

    gbart14 TDPRI Member

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    Suggest you buy an aftermarket body and hack at that. If you want to look at profiles fir examples, here are pics of my Melancon Custom Artist T with profile on back and front. It is by far the most comfortable Tele I own.
     

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  2. NoTeleBob

    NoTeleBob Friend of Leo's

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    I'd say "yes"... but with a caveat. If you haven't done this sort of work before, buy an inexpensive Squier and learn on that. Then do the one you love.
     
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  3. Fullscan

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    I totally agree with trying whatever you want to do on a Squier first....especially if you've never done a contour. This is the 4th cheap guitar that I did tummy cut &/or arm contour to, and I learned a lot every time.
    WARNING: attached photos are of an Epiphone LP Special and NOT a Tele....included here to show process & cuts.
    1st 2 photos = beginning cuts
    last 2 photos = did more (*remember....it's like a haircut, you can always cut more but you can't put it back:)

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  4. IronSausage

    IronSausage NEW MEMBER!

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    I had the surgery. Right arm this January. Left arm this April. Pretty quick recovery time and prognosis- if you catch it early. The numbness in those two fingers will get worse until you lose all strength in them. Find a good Ortho arm/hand specialist. I've got a great one in Chicago if you need it. Good luck. Don't wait too long, it becomes irreversible.

     
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  5. Arfage

    Arfage Tele-Meister

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    NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
     
  6. Lone_Poor_Boy

    Lone_Poor_Boy Tele-Holic

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    Eh, what's the worst that can happen?

    The middle one. Drunk as hell I decided one night in a garage in Cheyenne Wyoming this American Tele would be easy enough to strip this paint off down to wood! As many of you already know, below that paint was this very thick opaque material. None of the thinners, up to lacquer thinner, even dented it. So not to be deterred as I was even drunker now, I took 'tools' to it. Putty knife, whatever. Gouged it in many places so at the right angle you can see divots I smoothed out to hide the gouges. I ended up putting my main Strat's neck on it as one truss rod failed, and it became my Open G guitar and always worked well for that.

    I say go for it!

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  7. ParkAmp50

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    S hit, I'd just come up with something you can wear on your arm at the point of contact to blunt the edge.
     
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  8. Telecaster88

    Telecaster88 Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes! I've been imagining one of these. Just found an Oasis brand padded arm sleeve at Strings by Mail. And apparently some company in Brazil makes one with a plastic insert that protects the nerve from pressure... I'll be giving these a try, and I'll let you know how they work.

    https://www.guitarwebshop.com/LUVA-ARM-PAD-WITH-LONG-SLEEVE
     
  9. Dik Ellis

    Dik Ellis Tele-Holic

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    Nope. No way, no how.
     
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  10. Telebra

    Telebra Tele-Meister

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    DON'T YOU DARE take a sander to that TELE.
    Sand your arm first.
    The Telepolice have been notified and are monitoring your every move!

    You did not mention if this is when you play sitting down. If so, try standing and you will give your arm more articulation and less compressed contact with the guitar.
     
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  11. AAT65

    AAT65 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Don't worry about modding your guitar if that's what it takes -- but I'd consider an arm brace first: Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead wore an arm brace for many years due to an RSI-type problem which the square edge of his Telecaster exacerbated.
     
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  12. Tiga

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    Don't do it. You're going to regret altering this guitar that you've for so long - especially if something gets screwed up. I'd recommend trying other alternatives first - padded sleeves, new guitar, etc. I like the idea of ordering a contoured body and transplanting all of your existing parts to it. Since you've played that neck for 30 years it will feel like home. (and it's all reversible).
     
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  13. Peegoo

    Peegoo Doctor of Teleocity

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    Jeff Beck agrees.

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  14. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    It’s a piece of wood for Pete’s sake. If you’re attached to it and have no intent to sell it then make it fit your body so you can play it.
     
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