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Love telecasters, HATE the cutaway - what to do?

JWK

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Title almost says it all. I almost tited this thread, "Why I will never find a guitar, Part II". But I figured most of you wouldn't remember and a lot of you weren't around then, anyway.

A tele fits me perfectly. I hate belly cuts. The upper horn on a strat puts everything in the wrong position for me. Les Pauls are too heavy for my back. A tele is good...except for the cutaway. My hand hits the horn when playing the upper register. This bugs me to no end. :BITCH

And before anyone can bring it up; yes, I am kicking myself for not snatching that Melancon that was in the emporium a while back. If I could afford a regular Melancon, I would have one already.

How do you guys deal with that narrow cutaway on a tele?

Just ranting. There's really no answer to this. Thanks for listening.
 

benjammin420

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joking aside, if youre not interested on resale value, you could have the cutaway 'scooped' like on a Santana PRS
 

tildeslash

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Have a luthier install a neck plate like this - problem solved.
I wish every body had this neck plate - it's awesome.

 

Tone_Terrific

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I don't have that problem with tele's and strats fit me better anyway, but I do know what you mean.
If that is all that is holding you back from the perfect guitar, it would be very easy to do a partscaster with a narrower horn for more hand room or just sand away the offending portion of your guitar with an oscillating drum-type sander.
Maybe practice on a Squier first, you need a spare, too:dude
 

sahhas

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other option is take a look at how steve vai cut away the lower horn of his 80's original green charvel-it was really cut away.
he said he had it done b/c his hands were so big he had a hard time getting to upper frets.
always loved the look of that guitar.

w/ his ibanez both horns are super cut away-and hence they look a bit pointy-which i've never been a fan of-but his original green charvel-i always thought was cool.
the other thing you could also bevel the top side of the cutaway also-to make access eaiser (or prs-it like someone suggested).
good luck.
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HHB

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I'd cut it, not off but make the cutaway thinner, why not if thats the only issue, crazy teles are the best teles IMO
 

DamianP

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Title almost says it all. I almost tited this thread, "Why I will never find a guitar, Part II". But I figured most of you wouldn't remember and a lot of you weren't around then, anyway.

A tele fits me perfectly. I hate belly cuts. The upper horn on a strat puts everything in the wrong position for me. Les Pauls are too heavy for my back. A tele is good...except for the cutaway. My hand hits the horn when playing the upper register. This bugs me to no end. :BITCH

And before anyone can bring it up; yes, I am kicking myself for not snatching that Melancon that was in the emporium a while back. If I could afford a regular Melancon, I would have one already.

How do you guys deal with that narrow cutaway on a tele?

Just ranting. There's really no answer to this. Thanks for listening.
Several builders offer guitars designed to address this issue.

Here`s one: http://www.ricecustomguitars.com/index2.html


Damian.
 

RL in Fla

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Go "Jaguar" with it . Nothin' in the way to prevent it , re-cut the pickguard to fit .
Or round off the upper also & make a Lesscaster .
 

Rich Rice

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Thanks for the mention, fellows. I have the same problem with the horn, it's even worse on SG's.. That's why we did these Ospreys like this-



 




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