Vintage Modified Thinline scale question

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  1. wademp

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    I know that these are 24.75 scale length, but are they using longer saddle adjustment screws to accomplish this.
    Could you stick a 25.5 neck on there with a standard bridge and saddles?
     
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    A neck determines its scale: double the distance from the nut to the 12th fret.

    So those VM Thinlines must be using non-standard necks.
     
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    That's what I figured, too, but my friend is looking at one, and has read in various places that the VM thinline teles just use longer saddle adjusters, to make up the difference, and that the bridge is in the "normal" location on the body.
    Neither one of us is sure, so we're just trying to find out.
     
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    hmm.

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    Imagine taking a normal Tele and capo-ing it on the first fret -- instant short scale, and the saddle didn't need to move around. That's what makes me wonder why the VM would need a different saddle placement.
     
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    Okay....I don't think that anyone understands my question.
    A VM Thinline's scale length is 24.75
    A standard Tele is 25.5
    My question is; can you put a standard Tele (25.5 scale length) onto a VM Thinline body, buy using standard length saddle screws.
    The screws on a VM's saddles are longer, and we're wondering if shorter screws would make up the difference.

    Putting a capo on any fret makes no difference to this question.
     
  10. wademp

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    Not only does neck determine a scale length, but bridge placement does, too.
     
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    Answer to your question, yes you can put a 25.5 scale neck on the VM body. The VM neck is 0.75" shorter than a standard fender neck. There is no difference in the placement of the bridge.
    Rob
     
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    I got one.

    Fitted with a MIM standard neck. Intonates just fine. And plays/feels great.

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    I wish I chose the shoreline gold thinline body color and put on a rosewood fretboard neck. But this one sounds great. Fitted with Classic 60's pickups, gold hardware. I only had a limited budget, so I had to do with what I can afford. LOL
     
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    Awesome! Thanks for the answers, guys!
     
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    I had one of these. Couldn't get on with a short scale tele. Stock pups were a little shrill, even though they were Duncan Design. Considered swapping the pups, but new neck would have been more than I had it it to start with.

    Traded it towards an artcore that I later traded for cash. Don't regret parting with either. Both were nice, but neither worth hanging onto.
     
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    The bridge placement may be the same, but I don't think it is, however the necks are different, causing the frets to have a little different placement, and even though dreamingtele's says his intonates fine, it is there you should have a problem.
     
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    Measure from the end of the neck route to the string through holes in the body. If they are the same as a regular tele it seems to me there should be no problem with a 25.5 scale neck.
     
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    Bridge placement is the same. Google "vintage modified tele 25.5 scale". It's been done, no issues, you can keep the same bridge, it intonates properly....I looked into this a few years back when I was looking at a VM Thinline.
     
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    I had one in shoreline gold and I had swapped out a 25.5 neck for the shorter scale one that comes on it to see how it would work. Everything seemed fine. I was planning to get a new neck for it but someone was looking to swap one of these for a CV Thinline so I just did the trade instead.

    Shane
     
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