Why Different Neck Pockets on Teles and Strats?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by joealso, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. joealso

    joealso Tele-Holic

    Dec 25, 2012
    East Haddam, CT
    I got to wondering ... It seems to me that some of Leo's design thinking must have included standardization and cost reduction in manufacturing. The bolt on neck is a perfect example. So it made me wonder why he went with a different neck pocket when he came out with the Strat. If it was an improvement, why not standardize it? Anyone know?
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  2. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Sep 1, 2009
    Kelowna, BC, Canuckistan
    Why have different necks for Teles and Strats, for that matter? But... if the necks are different, why make their heels the same?
  3. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    This ties in with another thread about the different headstock shapes of Teles and Strats. Maybe Leo did it this way to prevent a worker inadvertently putting a Strat neck on a Tele body? (and vice versa) It's almost like he didn't want ANY common parts between the two. (Bridges, necks, pickups, etc.) But it does seem he could have done a better job of standardization.
  4. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Lions & Tigers oh Mi !

    The Strat was supposed to replace the Tele -- 'more better in every way' -- and the heel arc of the Strat neck gives it the ability to be adjusted easier to align the strings on the neck vs nut and bridge location.

    They never changed the Tele because the idea was to be able to replace necks as the frets wore out. So they needed to carry both sets of parts anyway.

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