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Tele necks on strat bodies

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by jesuscares, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. jesuscares

    jesuscares Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Has anyone tried it? DO they fit well.I like tele necks.Tele pups too have a unique sound.I like the strat body though.

  2. bruceffect

    bruceffect Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    You need a squier 51. Strat style body with a tele neck. The tele and strat necks are shaped differently at the heel.

  3. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Strat-Talker

    Nov 18, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    In order to fit a Tele neck to a Strat body, The neck pocket must be re-routed to fit the square Tele heel. The depth, length and width of the pocket is the same.

  4. Jefro

    Jefro Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 12, 2008
    So the rounded edges/profile is the only thing keeping them from fitting ? I never knew this but glad that I do now since I've often thought about doing this.

  5. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Strat-Talker

    Nov 18, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    That's the only difference. The heel of a Strat has a slight radius, a Tele's is dead flat. The corners of both are slightly rounded.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2009

  6. kdda191

    kdda191 Former Member

    This little guy right here. Squire 51 & I paid $100 for it.


  7. Strat-Man-Do

    Strat-Man-Do Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 12, 2009
    New England
    What is MINI STOCK CAR RACING? Whats the Mini part?

    I didn't know you had to route anything for a tele neck to fit a Strat? I know one is round the other Square. But it will bolt right on. With 22 fret MIA necks the fret board edge will cover the space left by the different neck. A 21 fret neck will show the difference.

  8. johnner72

    johnner72 Strat-Talker

    Apr 22, 2008
    Dublin, Ireland
    Here's a pic of some guy who seems to have had some success with his Tele neck / Strat body conversion ;)

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  9. kdda191

    kdda191 Former Member

    Its a short wheel base, 4 cyl car. Fox Body Mustangs, Pinto's, Vega's, Toyota Corolla's, Toyota Celica's, Some Nissan's and Volkswagen's.

  10. jmpro

    jmpro Strat-Talk Member

    May 17, 2008
    So Cal
    A Tele neck on a Strat works just fine. Just bolt it on and play it.

  11. Eight Ball

    Eight Ball Strat-Talker

    Jan 9, 2009
    Oxford, England, UK
    Hmm, cool!

    Do you know his name by any chance? ;) :D

  12. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Strat-Talker

    Nov 18, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    A Strat neck will bolt right into a Tele body with no problem. There will just be gaps at the corners that would be covered by the pickguard.
    A Tele neck will not fit in a Strat neck pocket with out modification. The neck will not go all the way to the front of the pocket, leaving the scale length about a quarter inch out of whack. Trust me. I build my own guitars and have a fair amount of experience with the different necks.

  13. Jii_

    Jii_ Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 24, 2009

  14. StratmanNick

    StratmanNick Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Cornwall England
    Looks like you need to drive more carefully Kdda191.....;)

    On a serious note, on watching that fascinating docufilm about Motown's Funk Brothers, one of the guitarists uses a Tele with a Strat/Jag/Jazzmaster? neck. Must've had similar issues with fitting but in reverse of this thread.

    Guess he must've found that neck better for whatever reason. Anyone know?

  15. Celeste

    Celeste Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 17, 2009
    A lot of strat bodies, especially cheaper ones are getting roughted with a square back on the neck pocket. That makes the tele neck an easy fit. I have a strat and tele build going on now, but my strat body is a cheap DR Parts body ( $45 from rondo. It is a gift to a beginner, so no comments about going cheap), and has a square back.

    This is a strat neck on a tele body. guitars :: DSCN0364redu.jpg picture by CeCeHall - Photobucket As you can see, the radius on the neck makes for small voids in the corners that do not happen with a tele neck. http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/CeCeHall/guitars/DSCN0362redu.jpg If the strat body has the square rought that seems to be gaining popularity, the tele necks is no problem http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/CeCeHall/guitars/DSCN0365redu.jpg If the body is cut to fit a strat neck tightly, a tele neck will not drop in deep enough and will make the scale length to long. I do not have a pic of how this looks but hopefully you can imagine it from the pics.

  16. Ironwolf

    Ironwolf Strat-Talker

    Nov 18, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    Here is the difference in pocket shape between a normally cut Strat and Tele.

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  17. elementlax

    elementlax Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Central Ohio
    it will fit, just not very snug (at all)