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'69 Thinline Chelecaster Rebuild

posted Feb 01, 2014 07:28:55 by VinceRadice
Here it is, The Thinline Chelecaster, Nice finish, but quite a few problems to solve. The Pickguard wasn't very well done, so I removed it and all the internals and had a look at the Neck/Body alignment. it was very good but the neck needed a shim, so I used the Leo Fender method (Business card). The machine heads aren't very good, so Im looking for replacements.. any suggestions? I may put Planet waves auto trim tuners on it. The new Pup is a SD quarter pounder (bridge) and Ive toyed with putting a Chibson Humbucker in the neck position as the neck pup route is huge. While removing the plastic nut I chipped a piece from the headstock side of the nut slot, The subsequent repair is visible in the photos. A tusq nut for fender was fitted after some shaping. While waiting for the rest of the parts to arrive I shielded the cavities. the control cavity route is amazingly rough. Luckily the neck slot is Perfect.






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VinceRadice said Feb 01, 2014 07:30:05

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MichaelWamback said Feb 01, 2014 15:13:03
I used the Planet Wave auto-trim on my Tele and I love them. Makes string changing super easy, and they are very well built tuners.
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VinceRadice said Feb 02, 2014 01:22:29
I also have them on my Tele Custom, they are the best.
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VinceRadice said Feb 05, 2014 11:29:27
after lots of mods this tele is turning into a nice guitar. I had to reroute the bridge pup hole. and enlarge the neck pup hole slightly, Im going to install a humbucker in the neck position, the bridge pup has arrived, a seymour duncan Quarter Pounder. Im running 500k pots and a .022uf cap. Im chaging the knobs for smaller but similar chrome knurled units. I had to fabricate a new nut from a bone blank.
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sjcrowe6 said Feb 05, 2014 17:13:50
Did you replace the nut you showed in the above picture? It looks to be cut too low. My China Strat needed the flat bottom Tusq nut not the curved bottom Tusq nut.
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VinceRadice said Feb 05, 2014 23:34:12
That was a tusq nut that I had, that was too low. and I ended up making one from a bone blank.
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MichaelWamback said Feb 06, 2014 07:32:59
I know some of the Tusq nuts can be used for flat or curved. They have a small tab in the middle. If you have a flat nut, you leave the tab on, if curved you just file it off.
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VinceRadice said Feb 06, 2014 11:05:16
That one was way too low and had a small radius, and I couldn't use it. Luckily my local music shop had a bone nut blank. I ordered a GuitarFetish neck pup for the tele today.
http://www.guitarfetish.com/Dream-180-Vintage-Voiced-Humbucker-White-Pearl-_c_59.html
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sjcrowe6 said Feb 08, 2014 07:54:20
I had the same problem as Vince with the tabbed nuts, I had to use the flat bottom Tusq nut .
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