#1
Hey, I realise I just made a thread a couple of hours ago but this is more important to me than finding decals.

I'm in the middle of building a parts-caster.. I spent today doing coats of primer on the body and tomorrow I'm going to do the final paintjob and a nice Nitro finish. I'm getting stock fender pickups off of a friend soon on the cheap, they're from his Mexi strat.

What I want to do is put a Tele neck on this strat body.. I know that the heel on a Tele has sharp corners but am I right in saying that rounding it off to the profile of a Strats heel will be all that's necessary?

Secondly.. the body (alder) of the Strat has a swimming pool route job.. would I be able to put a Tele neck pickup in the Strats neck position? Just for something different tonally and as something sort of quirky as it's basically a frankenstein guitar.

If the pickguard requires modification I can manage that as it's only plastic but I'm confident that because it's a swimming pool route this is more achievable than it'd be if it had single coil sized routing.

Edit: Other details that might change the answer: I'm wiring this guitar with a 4 way switch instead of a typical 5 way. I'm doing Neck, Neck-Mid, Mid-Bridge and Bridge. From an electrical point of view will a Broadcaster pickup wire in fine?

Advice?
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Last edited by WhoDooVooDoo at Apr 21, 2011,
#2
any pickup should work fine with that switch. I think the tele is flat on the bottom (the side facing your bridge) and a strat is curved so there mightbe a pocket there. look into that though as I could be wrong.
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#3
I said that in my post, I know that tele necks have a flat heel where conversely the strat necks have a rounded heel.. I'm wiling to sand it to the strats shape, I just wanted to make sure that was all I really needed to do to make the neck fit right.
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#4
i think the strat has more wood on the heel then the tele, so in taking wood off the tele neck to make it fit the strat pocket you'd be screwing with your scale length
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#5
I was only going to round the edges of the heel not removed centimetres of wood from it.
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#7
With the neck, i think it would be easier to see where the screwholes line up and then see whether you need to add a bit of wood to close the gap or whether you need to take a bit off the neck then act accordingly. This said, make sure your scale length is ok and if you need to, fill the screw holes in the neck pocket with dowel and redrill. With the pickups, as long as it fits in the route it'll be fine, and if you can find a switch and wire it that way then it should be ok.
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#8
I thought 4 way switches were quite common, I've seen a few 4 ways on websites selling guitar parts.

As for the neck, yeah I'll obviously focus on maintining the scale more so than anything.
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