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Old 01-06-2009, 01:58 AM   #151 (permalink)
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it's all good. it's not a bad guitar by any means, just noticing the trend i guess hehe.

as for the pickup question. can't see why a jazzmaster p/u couldn't replace the humbucker, not sure on the bridge deal though.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:29 AM   #152 (permalink)
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This might be stupid, because I have never seen anyone do it but I will ask anyways.

I recently found a used Gibson ES-335 (which is my favorite guitar) and have been wondering how a American Telecaster standard neck would work on it. I love the feel of the fretboard and the tuning knobs but would really like to try the semi-hollow body on it.

Do you think it may work or sound remotely good?


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Old 01-06-2009, 02:40 AM   #153 (permalink)
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not really sure if that's possible. it's not necessarily a bad idea but gibson uses set necks as opposed to bolt-ons. the set necks are glued to the body in a tongue / groove fashion, provides better sustain when the neck fits in the pocket perfectly. it's definitely not a home job and you'll likely be looking at a serious price tag if you can find a capable luthier.
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not really sure if that's possible. it's not necessarily a bad idea but gibson uses set necks as opposed to bolt-ons. the set necks are glued to the body in a tongue / groove fashion, provides better sustain when the neck fits in the pocket perfectly. it's definitely not a home job and you'll likely be looking at a serious price tag if you can find a capable luthier.
Yea I thought about the whole sustain factor. Doesnt the neck come in bolt on and set? Maybe Im imagining it but I thought the Tele Customs were both ways.
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you might have the option when you purchase to get one or the other. the mounting in a set neck body is also different than a bolt on. sorry to down your idea, wouldn't hurt to check your local shops to see if someone can do it, but it probably won't be easy.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:05 AM   #156 (permalink)
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This might be stupid, because I have never seen anyone do it but I will ask anyways.

I recently found a used Gibson ES-335 (which is my favorite guitar) and have been wondering how a American Telecaster standard neck would work on it. I love the feel of the fretboard and the tuning knobs but would really like to try the semi-hollow body on it.

Do you think it may work or sound remotely good?


Can't be done without extensive woodworking I'm afraid. The necks have to be steamed out of the guitar, a new neck made to fit, and if they're not exactly the same fit you may still have problems.

Even without a neck replacement, you could do it only with considerable expense. You'd need to pull the frets, re-radius the board to match the tele, re-contour the neck, replace the tuners, and then have new frets put in.


Also, the gibson bridges are factory set to a 14" radius that can't be changed. The telecaster necks have a much smaller radius so they're more curved. You'll end up with terrible setup issues unless you buy a new set of saddles and file the grooves down to the correct heights for each string. Given how curved fender fretboards normally are, I'm not even sure if the saddles will have enough material above the screws to file down to match the radius. You may well end up with one groove filed down right to the scren underneath in the attempts, and thats not good for stability at all.

My advice? For the price of that gibson (I'm assuming its a few hundred) you could get a custom body made by any number of custom luthiers. It'll be a few months wait, but it'll be much better quality anyway and will be EXACTLY what you want as long as you're clear on the specifications to who-ever is building it.

I'm not sure if they do hollow bodies, but ET Guitars and Jaden Rose customs will build at least a heavily chambered solid body for you, if not the exact body you want. Jaden isn't taking new orders right now so you'll be waiting a little, I believe ET still has slots available.

As a last word of advice, NEVER buy anything from Christopher Woods guitars, or Legacy One guitars. Its well documented that legacy is a fraudster, and that Chris woods is probably a fraudster, if not just incredibly unreliable. (ALthough Woods does some undeniably fine work, I know for a fact that the guy at the very top of his waiting list, has been waiting over a year for something he ordered from him, and is having extreme difficulty getting any contact at all from him)
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Thanks for the reply GB. Thats a bummer, I was worried they would be made completely differently. I guess I will not bother because the price to have a luthier do it would be wayyyy out of my price range.

One more question for you those. Would it be possible to add the (i think this is the name for it) tailpiece to my Samick Royal 2.


The bottom piece below the bridge, to this guitar.




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And also is there a good site or place to look for guitar hardware. (as in knobs and such)
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Technically yes, its possible. It'll cost a bit to get a luthier to do it properly because its not really a 'home modification' kinda job unless you're confident, but in all honesty I have a hard time understanding why you would want to. Bigsbys are a notorious PITA to work with, even compared to Floyds and Kahlers and stuff like that.


For guitar hardware, try guitarpartsdepot, or allparts. you can get some parts from stewmac too.
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I just sold mine because I was in the hole 500 bucks, but I had a beautiful Schecter S-1 Elite. I'm so ****ing sad you have no idea.
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it's all good. it's not a bad guitar by any means, just noticing the trend i guess hehe.

as for the pickup question. can't see why a jazzmaster p/u couldn't replace the humbucker, not sure on the bridge deal though.
you'd need to route out a larger cavity for a jazzmaster pup, they're actually p90 style singles in a larger unibody housing, so they're bigger in every way. the advantage is you don't need pup rings though.
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