Well that didn't last long...

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by TwangerWannabe, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. TwangerWannabe

    TwangerWannabe Tele-Meister

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    The PLEK does the leveling and crowning of the frets. The guitar is mounted in the machine, it scans the fretboard and determines exactly how much material needs to be removed, then removes it. The newer machines also do other stuff like cut nut slots and nut pockets, can cut saddles, can do inlay work, etc. I'm not necessarily partial to only having a fret level done by a PLEK machine, or think it's the be-all, end-all. I had a neck reset done on an old Martin D-28 and they also refretted it and did the leveling and crowning by hand and the guitar came out amazing. Just like leveling and crowning a guitar by hand is only as good as the person doing the work, the PLEK is only as good as the person running the machine to some degree. Some just get super nutty and get all weird when people mention PLEK machines for some reason like it's some sort of unnecessary thing, but then wouldnt think twice about leveling frets by hand if the neck warrants it. Kind of like those who are anti-CNC machines and insist that everything should be done the old-fashioned way by hand, then complain about small imperfections and nuances.
     
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    He needs two commas, actually. :lol: But I guess if one chooses to act like a dick, whatever! :rolleyes:
     
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    I think the black guard was definitely the way to go... it accents the colors in the body more.

    And, congrats on that neck - it's awesome! The whole guitar just "vibe-rates" now. ;)

    CV's are great guitars for "re-shaping" specifically to your personal preferences.
     
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    You've got one of the hottest bodies I've ever seen.

    Talking about the bound telecaster.
     
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    Looks great, the double bound bodies on the CVC are really nice.

    I did a similar job on the CVC that I got hold of very cheaply a few years ago.

    I just couldn't get on with the thinner neck, so I put the neck off a rather battered old black MIM Standard on it instead.

    I think the double bound sunburst looks really sweet with an all maple neck

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    I put a pickguard with a Frank Wilson label sticker on it for a couple of Soul gigs I did recently too
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  6. vanr

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    How and I being a dick mister internet grammar police? I stated my dislike for maple fret boards. Get over it.
    Not really sure why the name calling is being allowed here.
     
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  7. KelvinS1965

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    Well it's not like the thread is saying 'do you like maple necks or rosewood?' it's a guy's upgrade thread, so it's generally considered a bit rude to blunder in and say something like you did earlier.

    Say there was a thread that asked 'what do you think of Blackstar amps?' and I could post that I used to have one, but didn't like it, so sold it and bought a Marshall. However, if you had a thread saying 'here is my new Blackstar amp' then I wouldn't post on it...because I'd be being rude.
     
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    I wanted to write something with perfect comedy timing suggesting I also know your guitar better than you even though I never played it, but my legendary wit has today failed me
     
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    How does on find the person with a PLEK and how does one know if the operators know their stuff? I'm thinking about it for a G&L I have that has a lot of fret issues.
     
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    His comment didn't sound a fraction of what you're making it out to be. I don't understand the defensiveness here. I noticed you didn't respond to the maple neck comment that way.

    If the neck warrants it, what does it matter how it gets accomplished? By machine or luthier? There's no point in laying the blame on the other guy there. It's just another way to skin a cat. He sounds like he was just trying to point out cost effectiveness.

    It's your guitar. You don't have to explain anything to anyone.

    Who's the go-to Plek guy in the Bay?
     
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    I think the point is that no one had asked if you would ever want or play one. If you don't like or wouldn't want to play it, you're in luck because it's not yours. It would've been different if the original poster was asking for opinions, but he wasn't.
     
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    That is a killer neck! Love the flame. Nice call.
     
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    Great looking chair, I could use one of those! Oh, I like the guitar too, I like maple necks on Teles and Strats.
     
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    Members create threads like this one to share their enthusiasm over a new guitar, or a mod, with fellow forum members. That is NOT an invitation for others to chime in simply to s#I^ on the poster's enthusiasm.

    If you have nothing positive to contribute to the thread, why not just keep your trap shut?

    Your entire objective for entering a comment in this thread was to state that you don't like the neck that the OP selected. How nice of you; considerate - isn't it? And what purpose does that serve?

    Would you consider that to be a contribution to this forum?

    Rather than being a positive contribution to this thread <and to this forum in general> - it is just rude, inconsiderate, unthoughtful, worthless, and negative. I'd say it's coming from a very small-minded place. You can expect that those kinds of "contributions" won't be very well received around here.
     
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  15. Hellmark

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    From what I've seen, PLEK runs around $200-250, depending on your setup. Fretwork I've seen go for that or more. I picked up a Pro Jet a while ago that someone messed up. I figured I'd go over the frets and stuff myself, but for ****s and grins I asked around at a few shops, and fret work would be $250-$300, without PLEK.
     
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    I live a part of the country that is considered one of, if not the most expensive, and shop charges a little less than your low end quote.
     
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    I despise people who play a Blackstar amp and think they "have tone" . :rolleyes:
     
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    Plek seems fine, if it fits your wallet!

    As a hack learning builder and luthier, spending that $ on a proper crowning file and learning the skills made more sense. I am not going to make my own neck entirely by hand and pass on one single step needed.

    A friend saw and played a guitar I built and asked me to help with his. I’ve brought four guitars of his back into gig worthy shape including cutting a new nut from cow bone from Menards dog chew aisle and leveling, crowning, and polishing the frets. Other than being a bit nerve wracking working on someone else’s instrument, it worked out.

    BTW, it’s kinda hokey to sell pre/shaped “bone” nuts, when all they are they are is bone colored plastic (Fender).
     
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    I totally was expecting it to be less too. I was flabbergasted when I was getting quotes that high.
     
  20. TwangerWannabe

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    I own all the tools for doing a fret level (and many more luthier specific tools) and have, as stated above, done my own fret leveling, crowning and polishing, made my own nuts and saddles from blanks for many of my acoustics (including a slotted saddle for a Gibson AJ), made my own pick guards, etc. and do my own set-ups 99% of the time. Right now I have a lot on my plate and really don't have the desire to deal with it at the moment. I've also worked on a few friends guitars.

    Not sure I follow you regarding pre-shaped bone nuts being colored plastic. Enlighten me on that one, please. I've purchased quite a few pre-shaped bone nuts and fine tuned them when I was starting out, and I can assure you they are 100% bone. Not plastic. I've never seen a product that was described as, or marketed as "bone colored plastic". There are synthetic materials that claim to be very similar and even superior to bone because they are more consistent in their density than bone, which can vary, but again, never heard of anything called "bone colored plastic" that was sold as bone.
     
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