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  • Telecaster Project

    Had an old Squire Telecaster that I use as my "everyday" practice/non gigging guitar. The mods I made are as follows:

    1) Updated Logo
    2) Routed body for middle pickup
    3) Upgraded bridge from a MIM telecaster I had
    4) Painted body

    Before and after pics attached

  • #2
    How are the pickups wired?
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    • #3
      Installed a 5 position switch. Wired it the same as a Strat:
      Position 1 - Bridge
      Position 2 - Bridge/Middle
      Position 3 - Middle
      Position 4 - Middle/Neck
      Position 5 - Neck

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      • #4
        Great work !!!!
        What kind of Pickups,pots and caps are you using ?
        I've been assembling guitars from parts I get on ebay, Stewart-MacDonald, Warmoth, Dragon Fire and Guitar Fetish. I bought Jackson, Fender, Kramers, Epiphone and Gibson, back in the day, but then I got a 1979 traditional Strat body and put a Squire neck, put some Texas Specials ( neck and middle) and a Dragon Fire Duo Rail ( 12.2k ohms) in the bridge and it's a mean Blues / Classic Rock mofo.
        I bet this guitar is going to grow on you as time passes, even though you may have some name brand guitars in your arsenal.
        Have fun with her !!!!
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        • #5
          Because it's a Tele, you might want to consider getting a stew mac super switch and wiring it as follows:

          Position 1 - Bridge

          Position 2 - Bridge/Middle
          Position 3 - Bridge/Neck - Just like a Tele
          Position 4 - Middle/Neck
          Position 5 - Neck
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          • #6
            wow, nicely done!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Telenator View Post
              Because it's a Tele, you might want to consider getting a stew mac super switch and wiring it as follows:

              Position 1 - Bridge

              Position 2 - Bridge/Middle
              Position 3 - Bridge/Neck - Just like a Tele
              Position 4 - Middle/Neck
              Position 5 - Neck

              that's how I wire my strats - I also use the middle pot as a tone control for positions 1 & 5 and the bottom pot for positions 2, 3 & 4.



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              • #8
                My first home build was a Tele. I found a beat up squire in a pawn shop and used the body to make templates. The neck I saved and used on the new swamp ash with flame maple top body. All new hardware and Dimarzio tele pickups. My son has it now and love it. A fun build and a great challange.

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