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Will a Standard Tele Neck fit on a Bullet Tele?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Itgoesto11, Aug 31, 2020.

  1. Itgoesto11

    Itgoesto11 Tele-Meister

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    I have a LPB Tele that I modified with 4-way and Bootstrap pickups. The neck profile is a bit too skinny for my liking. Wondering if a Mexican Tele neck will fit the pocket of the Bullet? I know the body is a bit thinner so not sure?... C648B16F-C9F8-42C6-AB86-87900D166388.jpeg
     
  2. janglemore

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    I went to look at a very nice MIM body I saw listed on CL a couple of months ago. I took along with me a neck I have from a CV ‘50s. The neck was just a bit too large to fit. So I’m guessing a MIM neck would be smaller than the pocket of your bullet. YMMV
     
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    I can't answer in every situation like this. But I can give an anecdote. Last year I bought a 1981 Fender Bullet because I wanted a rosewood board for my 1976 Telecaster. I had poked around on sites like this a lot and mostly the case was people had no problem switching the necks like I was looking to do.

    Both same scale; both (supposedly in the latter case if you know the history of the earliest Bullets) made in the same factory. Why not right? The entire Bullet guitar cost less than a new no hardware rosewood board (pau ferro?) USA Telecaster neck from Fender.

    The rosewood neck didn't fit. Too big by maybe a millimeter. I could have shaved it down but I didnt want to do that. So I sold the Bullet.

    First measurement below is the Tele neck; second is the Bullet.

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  4. Cysquatch

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    Not a Bullet specifically, but I slapped a standard-make Warmoth neck on an Affinity tele in the last year and it fits just fine. I think any difference in fit is more likely to be a matter of QC on the pocket shaping at that ultra-low pricepoint than it is to be any significant difference in fit across the entire model. If that makes any sense.
     
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    I'm a member of Squier Talk, and a lot of members there love to mod, and many of them have fitted Fender necks to Squiers, including Bullets and Affinities. I think that it may have more to do with vintage vs. modern spec. I know that vintage bridges are 2 3/16" spacing, while modern ones are 2 1/16", so perhaps vintage spec necks are also slightly larger.
     
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    In my world, nothing ever seems to fit perfectly. Hell, I buy a pickguard after being assured by online info that the holes will line up and invariably, they don't.
     
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    Don't know if this helps but I just recently put a 76 Tele rosewood neck on my CVC 60's Squire and it fit fine. I know this ain't a Bullet or Affinity but it is a Squire.
     
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    General info for anyone with a 22-fret MiK Lite Ash Tele: a MiM 21-fret neck will fit the pocket and the screw holes line up but you'll need another pick guard to make it look tidy because there'll be a gap due to no neck overhang.
     
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