#1
Hey guys!
About a year ago, I built a Saga Tele.
(Thread.)

Anyway, I got tired of the terrible microphonic pickups. I spent about $100 and bought a brand new set of GFS Lil Punchers (gay name, yes, but great pickups) along with two push-pull pots and a new pickup selector (for this, I used an actual fender pickup selector. For whatever reason, the GFS one didn't work with the SD diagram I used).

I have always thought this guitar played well, but now it sounds great too! I plan on getting new tuners and maybe a new bridge for it in the future for better tuning stability. I also bought a black pickguard, just because.
My guitar went from this..

To this!


My tele works them angles.

I like the new look a lot, even though it's nothing amazingly new.

This guitar seems to have one possibly fatal flaw.

There is a rather large (1 to 2 mm) gap between the neck and the body. I do not know what to do about it. I checked both the neck and the neck pocket with a straightedge, and the neck even sits in the pocket well. The problem seems to be that the screws seem to somehow push the neck out, even when I have a second person squeezing the neck and body together while I attach them.
Any suggestions?
Main gear (For complete list, see profile):
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain-top
Basswood Telecaster, 2 single-sized HB's, both split.
Epiphone Valve Junior
B-52 AT-412 Cabinet
Oh, and I have a Squier VM Jazz Bass too.
Last edited by rafarquhar at Feb 23, 2008,
#2
smaller screws
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#3
Quote by hans the lefty
smaller screws


Smaller as in shorter, skinnier, or both?
Slimmer screws don't seem like they would work.
Oh, and I updated the original post with more pics (or at least I will in a second.)
Main gear (For complete list, see profile):
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain-top
Basswood Telecaster, 2 single-sized HB's, both split.
Epiphone Valve Junior
B-52 AT-412 Cabinet
Oh, and I have a Squier VM Jazz Bass too.
#4
Are the screws gripping in the body? They shouldn't be; only in the neck.
#5
Quote by mr_hankey
Are the screws gripping in the body? They shouldn't be; only in the neck.


Oh!
I didn't know this.
I will look for some slimmer screws then, as this may very well be the solution.
Thanks!
Main gear (For complete list, see profile):
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain-top
Basswood Telecaster, 2 single-sized HB's, both split.
Epiphone Valve Junior
B-52 AT-412 Cabinet
Oh, and I have a Squier VM Jazz Bass too.
#7
Look for screws that don't have threads on the last bit of the shank ( area nearest to the screw head ) for a distance that is about the thickness from the bottom of the neck pocket to the back of the guitar. That way the screws won't be able to bite the body.

Otherwise, how was the kit, I'm thinking of getting on soon.
#8
instead of thinner screws, just widen out the holes in the body a bit and use the same screws, then you know they'll still bite into the neck enough to stay put