#1
Hey! Rate my custom guitar idea, and help me to improve it! I think I'm closing in on the final idea, so I'm looking for ways to improve. Hopefully this will give me the 80s metal tone I've been looking for.

(Parts from guitarfetish.com and reused from my Starcaster.)

==Body:
-Homemade Mahogany Flattop Les Paul ("TV Yellow")

==Neck:
-Stat-style maple neck with rosewood fret board (Taken from Starcaster)

==Hardware:
-Telecaster humbucker bridge
-Black Gotoh Tuners
-3 Way Telecaster Switch
-White Strat pickguard (Cut to accommodate hardware, taken from starcaster)
-Neck pickup: http://store.guitarfetish.com/gfsprlitupig.html

-Bridge pickup:
http://store.guitarfetish.com/crpafhublbrp.html
or
http://store.guitarfetish.com/hotliovalhu.html

Questions:
1. Will a telecaster bridge will fit a strat-style neck?
2. What wood type would you recommend to pull my 80's hair kind of tone?
My current ghetto setup:

Crate VC508 (Needs new speaker and pots BADLEY.)
Fender R15
Peavey T-60
Original LPB-1
BBE Sonic Maximizer (rack)
#2
Quote by Thelastrilo
Hey! Rate my custom guitar idea, and help me to improve it! I think I'm closing in on the final idea, so I'm looking for ways to improve. Hopefully this will give me the 80s metal tone I've been looking for.

(Parts from guitarfetish.com and reused from my Starcaster.)

==Body:
-Homemade Mahogany Flattop Les Paul ("TV Yellow")

==Neck:
-Stat-style maple neck with rosewood fret board (Taken from Starcaster)

==Hardware:
-Telecaster humbucker bridge
-Black Gotoh Tuners
-3 Way Telecaster Switch
-White Strat pickguard (Cut to accommodate hardware, taken from starcaster)
-Neck pickup: http://store.guitarfetish.com/gfsprlitupig.html

-Bridge pickup:
http://store.guitarfetish.com/crpafhublbrp.html
or
http://store.guitarfetish.com/hotliovalhu.html

Questions:
1. Will a telecaster bridge will fit a strat-style neck?
2. What wood type would you recommend to pull my 80's hair kind of tone?


for an 80's hair type sound BASSWOOD is your best bet (think any band that had BC Rich or Ibanez)...you should be OK with the tele bridge/strat neck.....you may need to check the string position with the pickups though
#3
Quote by Thelastrilo
1. Will a telecaster bridge will fit a strat-style neck?
The bridge you use has nothing to do with the neck as far as fit goes.
Just make sure it's at the right distance to get the proper intonation.
i.e. Measure the scale length.

Quote by Thelastrilo
2. What wood type would you recommend to pull my 80's hair kind of tone?
Mahogony would be nice, but your bridge and pickups will have more to do with your tone than the type of wood.

IMHO, I think your bridge is dead wrong. I'd go with a tuno, or better yet ... a wraparound.

Either of the bridge pickups you selected would be good enough.
Personally I'd choose an alnico fat pat:
http://store.guitarfetish.com/alfatpafbohu1.html

I really doubt you'll like that lipstick for the tone you're looking for.
No highs or lows at all. Just mids.
A P-90 would be great as a single at the neck.
It has enough growl, but still has some range to it:

Either a dogear: http://store.guitarfetish.com/gfsalviwodoc.html
or a soapbar: http://store.guitarfetish.com/gfsalviwosoc.html

Quote by Thelastrilo
Hey! Rate my custom guitar idea...
I give it a 10.

... on the weirdness scale.
Strat necks have been done on LP bodies before. Not a pretty sight.

They also have a tendency to be head heavy.
You don't have that upper horn protruding toward the neck.
The strap attaches too far away from the headstock.
So the head wants to dive toward the floor.

Make sure the wood you choose for the body is thick and HEAVY,
or you'll be adding lead weights in the tail.
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#4
well, I forgot to mention I'd be using strap-locks as well, and I see what you mean about the weighting. However... I was under the impression the necks were the same length/scale.


Finally, what are you saying about the bridge? I guess I don't quite get how this would effect my tone..? Btw, I don't care about the neck/body combo being a little ugly, it's about playability and sound for me more then anything else, or I wouldn't be cutting my strat pickguard for this -__-
My current ghetto setup:

Crate VC508 (Needs new speaker and pots BADLEY.)
Fender R15
Peavey T-60
Original LPB-1
BBE Sonic Maximizer (rack)
#5
Quote by Thelastrilo
well, I forgot to mention I'd be using strap-locks as well, and I see what you mean about the weighting.
Strap-locks only move the attachment point about 1/4~3/8". But on a Strat your strap attachment point is about dead even with the 12th fret. Put that Strat neck on a Paul body and the strap attachment point is now about even with the 16th fret. That's a 2-1/2" inch change. You went from having a well balanced guitar to having a marginally balanced guitar.

BUT ... the neck is longer on a Strat. Add another 3/4" or so sticking out past your attachment point .
Critically balanced guitar.

Make the Paul body lightweight?
You might have an unbalanced guitar.
If you don't get cute and make a thin body, this probably will still work.

Quote by Thelastrilo
However... I was under the impression the necks were the same length/scale.
They aren't.
A Strat has a 25-1/2" scale length.
A Paul has a 24-3/4" scale length.

That means for the neck you're using (strat) the bridge must be positioned so the closest saddle (your - e) will be 25-1/2 inches from the nut.

OR you can just measure from the nut to the front (or back) of the bridge while it's still on the Strat. Write that measurement down. Then after you make the new body, and dry fit the neck to the neck pocket, you can mark that spot on the body to locate where the bridge will be positioned.

Quote by Thelastrilo
Finally, what are you saying about the bridge? I guess I don't quite get how this would effect my tone..?
The way the bridge couples to the body and the other strings, affects the way the string vibrates. Strat trems are the worst, imho. Blocking them helps. Personally, I prefer the wraparound bridge, then the tuno, then a 3 saddle tele (for tone, it's horrible for intonation because the wound D and plain G share a saddle), then a fixed strat, then a trem.

Quote by Thelastrilo
Btw, I don't care about the neck/body combo being a little ugly, it's about playability and sound for me more then anything else, or I wouldn't be cutting my strat pickguard for this -__-
Fair enough. Get as much information as you can, so you can make your decisions about how it might sound. This is going to be an unusual build. Not many people have had their hands on this kind of combination. I've only seen a strat neck on a paul body. If you're lucky, you might talk to someone who has played one.
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#6
Don't a lot of Les Paul's have mahogany necks on them? Who cares about 3/4" of an inch of length, I'm pretty sure the mahogany and larger tuners add a lot more weight than 3/4" of an inch of maple.
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