Home brew guitar - where to put bridge?

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  1. donnyjaguar

    donnyjaguar Member

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    Greetings earthlings. I'm putting together a home built guitar and have a dilemma. The neck I'm using is everso slightly shorter on the fretborad than a standard USA Fender neck. Is there a foolproof way to make sure my bridge (which is a conventional Strat tremolo style) ends up in the right place? Given I have to route out a hole for it I only have one chance to get it right.
     
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    Ah, that makes perfect sense. Thanks OTM. Now its not a Tele so I hope you're not jivin' me so I'll screw it up and there'll be one less Strat in the world. ;)

    Speaking of Teles. I have an American Std Tele (1993) that I bought new. I noticed that my friends Fener Japanese Tele has more "twang" on the bridge pickup than mine. What's up with that?? His doesn't have the string-through-body like mine - is that what's going on? Mind you, he *thinks* there's a Seymour Duncan in there. Would that account for the extra twang? Mine has the split tone pot with the center detent so I can't think that's killing the twang as the capacitor is out of the circuit when you turn it up all the way.

    Thoughts?
     
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    the game is on now... put a Seymour Duncan or custom made PU to blow away his of her twang... makes a dif
     
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    There's nothing so bad as being out-twung! :(
     
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    Just a quick update. I was able to dismantle my bridge and turn it into a quasi hard-tail. Now I can use the screw holes that attached to the tone block and drill these into the guitar to get the right position. Once I do this I'll mark the 6 regular holes and router out the hole through the body thus removing the screw holes. :)
     
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    This is off the top of my head, haven't reached for the measuring tape yet: at least in theory I guess ALL strings should be longer than twice the nut-to-12th fret distance, since all of them are slightly stretched and hence "sharpened" by pressing them against the fret, the extra length compensating for that, no?
     
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    Now if I can just get rid of the relative who is staying in my basement I might actually get this project finished. :(
     
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    Wife's, mother's cousin. Who my wife invited to stay while he explored the country and other than 5 days on the east coast he's been in the basement going on 4 weeks. :( I have no idea why he decided to stay this long. Think socially awkward; think no drivers license; think talking about health woes; think verbal diahrea; think sheltered life; think not connecting on any levels. Now add to this the thickest Scottish brogue you can imagine and throw in a stutter to boot. :( I nearly forgot to mention the rather loose adherence to the rudiments of personal hygiene.
     
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    Yep....you can choose your friends, but you're STUCK with your family.:BITCH
     
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    My wife just called with some good news. Our visitor finally took a shower! Just three more days and I get my basement back. I'm looking forward to not being woken up at 3AM from the loud subterranean belching. Woohoo! :)
     
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