Free to a good home: Telecaster copy

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I bought this of TradeMe for not a lot earlier this year. The idea was for it to be a beater guitar that I could take to work/on holidays etc. Turns out it probably needs a bit more work that I have time for.

The good: it... works... I guess. It plays notes. The intonation was not terrible. Pickups don't sound terrible. Controls do what they're meant to aren't aren't too noisy. The bridge is fine. The tuners tune. From a distance the guitar looks pretty cool - silver sparkle with a flamed maple neck.

The bad: this was clearly assembled by someone who hopefully never subjected this earth to their luthiery again. Neck pocket isn't entirely straight. The neck itself is the main problem: unfinished pine (I think). It's shaped and sanded quite nicely, but feels incredibly dry and unusual to hold. The rosewood-looking fingerboard needs some serious rolling. Don't even get me started on the fret finishing or the nut. The maple veneer on the headstock was casually applied. The nut isn't cut to size and sits about 2mm out of the slot on the bass end. The action was high - I haven't tried to adjust it.

Basically, it's fine aside from the neck, which in its current state I would subject my worst enemy to.

So, I bought a second-hand Tele neck off a forum member to chuck on it. Really nice two-piece maple with good figuring, skunk stripe, walnut truss rod surround. Frets and nut finishing looks and feels fantastic. Unfortunately, the new neck doesn't sit perfectly in the neck pocket, and the screw holes don't line up. It wouldn't be a huge job to put the better neck on, but one that I don't have time for.

Tele with original neck is free to anyone who can pick it up. Will include the replacement neck for $65 (what I paid for it). I will happily keep the new neck for a future project.

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I’ll take it please ! Where’s pickup?

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That's a bummer, I was watching this one on TM too and happy you got it. Looked great... from afar.

Generous offer, I am sure someone will take up your offer :-)
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KNNZ wrote:I’ll take it please ! Where’s pickup?
Whangarei. Potentially Auckland but not for the next few weeks.

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robthemac wrote:
KNNZ wrote:I’ll take it please ! Where’s pickup?
Whangarei. Potentially Auckland but not for the next few weeks.
When u come to Aucks for the trem arm for your strat we can do the swap!

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damn I'm too slow :)
you JUST KNOW some Tory wanker has thought of this idea already. Probably getting the inspiration whilst fucking a dead pig.

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How chunky is the replacement neck ? Was it from Danny? I'm after a Tele neck.
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Hard to tell as it's not on a guitar at the moment. Can take some measurements if you want. The neck was from smallface

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The thickness at the 1st and 12th would be useful - thanks.
Indeed I often wonder where Norman is now. Probably wintering with his mother in Guildford. A cat, rain, Vim under the sink, and both bars on. But old now, there is no true beauty without decay.

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