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Compensated bridge bits on a budget

 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:55 am    Post subject: Compensated bridge bits on a budget Reply with quote

Kept running into a lot of tele parts in the basement. Took the challenge to put together one with minimum cost. Always fun.

Body is CV50. I think relicing is a combination of classroom use and then some screwdriver-chisel brutalness on top of that. Got it in a swap sometimes. Neck is mim standard, got it real cheap some time back. Has been played, on second set of frets and they are worn already too. No fret job yet, minimum cost dont care ībout a few rattles. Thing was, i had almost everything to complete this. Pickup is from a 80īs Tokai, did a pickup swap for a friend and he gave me that one. Had this tele pickguard Iīve used as template. Figured its cheaper without a neck pickup so taped it over. Esquire it is. Donīt have switch, but have an awesome idea for it, more later. One extremely important thing was missing...


No bridge saddles.


Bare minimum means local scrapyard. They didnt have knurled ones, which i really like on my Musicmaster, instead I got this 50īs tele spec brass rod, 2 meters, cost €1. Tape on, right size measured on.


Found these. Intonation screws, a few too short and few too long.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drilled the holes as measured earlier. Found some height screws. Black ones are not my favourite but who cares. Everythings now the same size so fast to drill.

My thought was that because its hard to drill straight, ill make compensated saddles, as they are not. Drill all intonation holes next to each other, then flip the middle one over.


To get height screws approximately right, marked the intonation ones direction roughly by pencil. Itīs Fender parts anyway, definitely not rocket science.


Threading next.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All done.


Chose the too long intonation screws, cut and polish.


There they are. Next job to put on strings and see how well I did. Bridge palte has weird rusting under chrome, got a replacement for another project, got to keep this one. Fits this rather horrid relic well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice work, looks good
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's really cool, good job. Intonate OK?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gusman2x wrote:
That's really cool, good job. Intonate OK?


Yep. Only issue so far is the threads are quite tight, height screws ok, but intonation screws get almost too tight when they get close to bridge end and angle up.

Price/quality spot on still.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That guitar is really cool, you did a really good makeshift job with those saddles. And i had a little moment of patriotism seeing the Narex logo (czech tool making brand) Very Happy !
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vojtasTS29 wrote:
That guitar is really cool, you did a really good makeshift job with those saddles. And i had a little moment of patriotism seeing the Narex logo (czech tool making brand) Very Happy !


Thanks!

Most my tools used to belong to my granddad, theres loads of cool 50s - 70s stuff in his basement. Quality that I could not afford today - luckily with proper care they'll most likely outlast me...tuff stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heres a shot of the headstock. More pics next time I sit down with it.

Tuners are the splurge detail in this guitar, gotoh no-line kluson clones. Tip of the day: Get gotoh conversion bushings if you want the vintage look, they're like a tenner more than el cheapo bushings, sharper edge. El cheapo works well too, but look more modern, rounded plump look.

Wanted to try out different kluson clones a few years back and just bought different brands and tried them out. Gotoh was nice, but not the only good one. Should prob do a separate thread of that experiment.



It's such a classic, boring and regular headstock design that I kinda like it. Like when you get hypothermia and think that you're boiling hot.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Itīs in working condition. Bakelite pg in mail. Just gotta wait for warmer weather to lacquer it.




Wiring is inspired by a "organ button" esquire discussion in tdpri. Theres a pic in some book with a black prototype NAMM show - esquire from ~1950 that has a button instead of the pickup switch. Could be primitive photoshopping, or a lap steel button. Wired it to bypass the vol pot when pushed, for a solo sound. Works, and the switch cost ~$1.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bakelite guard, rough sanded edges, 20% diluted nitro, two light coats. Pic after first one.


Shiny shiny


Less shiny angle, guitar completed. Total price calculation coming up. Iīm guessing ~€200.
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