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Tune-o-matic bridge

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Supermaverick, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Supermaverick

    Supermaverick Tele-Meister

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    So fellas... How much needs to be routed out for a tune-o-matic bridge so it'll be the proper height to the fret board. I'd really like to mount a b7 bigsby to my new thineline tele I'm in the process of making... I've done some research and I've heard "about a quarter inch". But you and I both know, "about" anything just doesn't cut it...
     
  2. RedDirt

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    Are you talking about routing the body to lower the TOM?




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  3. Wayne Alexander

    Wayne Alexander Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    You could instead just shim the heel end of the neck pocket to give the neck a little more angle, that would make it unnecessary to rout a trough into the guitar body.
     
  4. Supermaverick

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    Yes sir. That's what I'd figure you'd have to do to mount it...
     
  5. RedDirt

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    Don't see any reason why you would have to do that.

    I can't find a TOM in this mess right now, but it is not much taller than a vintage bridge (or a mustang roller bridge) both of which work with a Bigsby.

    There has been a lot of discussion on here lately about shimming necks, etc. for a Bigsby, but I truly believe that most of this is based on people having problems, finding a bad solution for them and then assuming that their solution is the right and normal way to set up a tele with a Bigsby.

    Same thing with bridge height and action height. Figure out what the real issue is and fix it before you go around shimming necks or sticking dimes under your bridge saddles.



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  6. Supermaverick

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    Well the heck with it then. I'll just mount it then see whats gotta be done. I guess even if I had to route it out or shim the neck I'll be able to see how much exactly it'd be. It wouldn't change where the holes need to be... I agree though. Sure don't want to route or shim anything if it's not absolutely required...
     
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    When I put a TOM on another guitar style, the neck needed a 3% tilt backwards (ie. towards your body). The TOM was just a little bit higher so the little tilt raised up the butt end to match and the truss didn't need adjusting. Your mileage may vary. Measure twice etc...
     
  8. GigsbyBoyUK

    GigsbyBoyUK Friend of Leo's

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    You will almost certainly need to shim the neck if you put a TOM on a Tele.

    Routing can work (take a look at some G&L Tele-style guitars that do that I think) but for me a small shim works just fine.
     
  9. Robbied_216

    Robbied_216 Tele-Afflicted

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    With all the discussion of a "tight fitting neck pocket", is there not a concern of (kind of) de-coupling the neck from the body when you start shimming it?
     
  10. Dan German

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    You'd sure think so, but I've played some sweet-sounding guitars that had shims under the neck. And some duds with a tight neck pocket.
     
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    What would qualify as an appropriate shim for a tele neck pocket that has a TOM bridge setup ?
     
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