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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Anyone installed a Warmoth 24.75" conversion neck on their tele?

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Feb 23rd, 2017 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know this might be considered heresy by some, but I'm thinking about it as project for one of my teles.

If someone has done this already, did it still sound like a tele? What was different tonally?

I'm not 100% committed to the idea, and it's not an inexpensive "experiment".
Whilst it is completely reversible, it would cost me over $500AU with shipping. (more than some of my other guitars!)

What say ye???

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 04:43 PM, Feb 23rd, 2017)

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Feb 23rd, 2017 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, sorta.

This is a 7/8-sized Telecaster. The scale is that of a Fender Mustang, and the body is quite a bit smaller than a standard Telecaster.

It plays great and sounds fantastic with those Duncans in it.

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Feb 23rd, 2017 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I built a Tele parts-o-caster using a conversion neck. I think it loses just a *tiny* bit of the edgy Tele snap with the shorter scale, but if it has Tele pickups, it's going to sound like a Tele.



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Feb 23rd, 2017 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I think it loses just a *tiny* bit of the edgy Tele snap with the shorter scale, but if it has Tele pickups, it's going to sound like a Tele."

Thanks Te. That's kind of would anticipate. And yes, the pickups are *all* Tele!

Peegoo, that one's pretty cool too!

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Feb 23rd, 2017 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did. Despite the scale length, P90 and GFS rail humbucker it still kinda sounds like a Tele, especially in the middle position. I love this bugger.

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Feb 23rd, 2017 08:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That looks sweet littleuch!

The PRS type headstock kinda threw me, but it works!

I think I'm getting closer to placing an order...
(I'd go traditional 'T' headstock though)

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Feb 23rd, 2017 08:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Add me to the list. I recently picked up a Partscaster from another forum's Emporium. The body is from a MIM 50s Lacquer Tele, the pickups are Seymour Duncan's (Jerry Donahue bridge pup), Callaham bridge and saddles and the Warmoth conversion neck with a '59 Round profile.

I concur with T52's comment. Maybe a wee bit of edge lost, but otherwise it sounds like a Tele to me. And it's a dream to play. I'll add a pic later.

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Feb 24th, 2017 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I owned an old Fender "Telesonic" for a while.
It was a 24.75" scale Tele with Dearmond pickups that Fender did a while back - and has since discontinued.

It supposed to be Gretsch-like, I suppose. And it was, to some degree. I even put a Bigsby on mine to bring it a bit close to the Gretsch vibe.
But I ended up selling it.
I never really warmed up to the pickups and I believe the scale length DID effect the tone. It was quite a bit...."tamer" sounding than any other Tele I've ever owned. It never had that snap and presence that most Tele's have and that's why I finally let it go.

Plus, being a mostly Fender guy, the shorter scale always felt a little off to me, especially with a Tele. I've owned other shorter-scale guitars and they felt fine. Maybe my brain couldn't deal with the Tele style and shorter scale. (;^D)

(This message was last edited by MLC at 10:41 AM, Feb 24th, 2017)

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Feb 24th, 2017 06:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The PRS type headstock kinda threw me, but it works!"

I decided to totally funkify this guitar and Warmoth had a really good deal on this neck when I snagged it.

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Feb 27th, 2017 10:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a rosewood conversion neck on a tele and I dig it. Feels great.

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Feb 27th, 2017 10:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have a rosewood conversion neck on a tele and I dig it. Feels great."

I ordered a maple/maple one. Guess I'll know first hand in a couple of weeks!


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Jun 16th, 2017 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

well how do you like it? always wanted to try this...

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Jun 17th, 2017 04:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey telewired.
I love it! Ever since I got a couple of the 2016 Offset Series Fenders (Duo Sonic & Mustang, both 24" scale) I've really been digging the short(er) scale thing.

I got mine from Warmoth and they all come with the compound radius (10-16) which is new to me, but I don't really feel a big difference. I suppose if I was a shredder I might, but that I ain't!

I don't hear any tonal difference it's just a feel thing to me. I put it on a 2016 MIM Standard Tele with modern 6 saddle bridge, Twisted Tele neck pickup and a Tonerider Hot Classic bridge pickup (Alnico 3) and it sounds every bit like a tele should to my ears.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 07:52 AM, Jun 17th, 2017)

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Jun 18th, 2017 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's one I built where I used a 24 3/4" scale neck.

I rubbed the bare pine and maple with black ink, gave it all a light sanding, and then shot a thin satin poly to seal it up. I was going for a greasy/junky look and I think I got close.

The MOTO pickguard adds a bit of a pimp flavor to the appearance. Sort of like spinner hubcaps on a rustbucket K-Car.

It's super light and it sounds really good. It's also one of the easiest-playing guitars I own.

Junk Yard Tele

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Jun 18th, 2017 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmmm! That pic includes a shot of my left hoof in happier times!

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Jun 21st, 2017 09:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

sweet ride peegoo

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