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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

So you want to dismantle a Telecaster...

Part 2 out of 2 of So you want to dismantle... Telecasters!

Very much like a Stratocaster, Telecasters are easy to take apart, you only really need a screwdriver and a pair of pliers.

Part 1: The neck.

1. First of all, remove the strings. It's easy, simply unwind them from the tuning heads and either run them back through the body or through the back of the bridge (this just depends on whether it's a string through or not.)

2. Now you can take the neck off. Same as a Stratocaster, it's just four long screws:

3. I didn't put this step in the Stratocaster guide because there's a lot of variation, but you might also want to take the tuners off the neck. Some have a thread on the peg which a nut screws on to, which you can sort of see here:
 and some just have a ferrule (the tuning machine is usually affixed with a screw on the back of the headstock).  Anyway, you can figure it out.

4. Now that the neck is off, you can start on the body. We'll start on the pickguard. Take out the 8 screws and put them somewhere safe. On some Teles there's also two screws that hold the neck pickup on, take them out too but leave the pickup in its cavity (there may be springs in the screws).

5. The next step is to take off the bridge. There's usually just four screws at the saddle end:

Then you'll need to unscrew the three screws that hold the bridge pickup in. There'll be springs these screws too. Again, keep the pickup in the cavity for now.

6. Now comes time to take the control plate off. Undo the 2 screws at either end and lift it out a little. You can usually rest it on the top of the guitar, but not any further due to the length of the wires.

7. Now, to take out the pickups you'll need to desolder 4 wires; 2 from the 3-way switch and 2 from the volume pot:

As you can see there the two hot wires for each pickup are soldered to the switch and the ground wires are soldered to the back of the volume pot. While you're here you can pull the ground wire through the channel to the rest of the controls. One end is usually just clamped between the bridge and the body and the other end in soldered to the volume pot. You don't need to desolder this wire.

After desoldering the pickup wires, you can take them out of their cavities and put them away.

8. The last step is to desolder the jack wires. As above, the ground is on the tone put and the hot is on one of the lugs from the volume pot. Once you've done this you can lift out the control plate and all associated wires and also take the jack out. Some of them are on plates, like this (it's a Les Paul in the pic, but same thing):

and some are in cups:


9. Now toy can take off the strap pins and do what you will with anything.

Same as a strat, to put it back together, do everything in reverse pretty much, it's fairly simple. Any questions, leave a comment 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

So you want to dismantle a Stratocaster...

Most guitars (especially Fenders) are very simple to dismantle. This is something I posted in a thread a little while ago. My tremendous ego decided it needed to be blogged and preserved.

Changing body/neck:

Part A:

1. To begin, you'll have to remove the strings. To do this you simply have to unwind them from their tuning pegs and thread them back through the bridge and body. You may want to remove the back plate before this to make it easier.

2. On Squiers, and most Fender Stratocasters, the neck plate is held on by four screws:
Carefully unscrew these, being careful not to cross-thread them. If you are only changing the neck, align the new neck with the screw holes, re-screw, replace the strings and carry on with your day.

Part B:

1. If you are changing the body, you will need to remove the pickguard (with electronics), jack plate, bridge, and strap pins. Begin with the bridge. If you have not already, remove the plastic back-plate. Underneath will likely be three to five springs attached at one end to the underside of the bridge, and at the other to a claw anchored in the body:
Begin by loosening the screws holding the claw to the body. Eventually the claw will detach and you can remove the springs (put them in a safe place, they are important.) Do not remove the claw yet, it is still attached to the ground wire.

Flip the guitar over and remove the six screws at the front of the bridge (top in this picture):
 
You can now remove the entire bridge. If the saddles have come off, you've undone the wrong six screws. Try again.

2. Now it's time to remove the pickguard. Most of a Stratocaster's electronics are entirely attached to the pickguard, so it's very easy to remove. However, you will need to de-solder 3 wires. We'll get to that later. To begin, remove the 11 screws attaching the pickguard to the body. Do not remove the screws holding the pickups to the pickguard, they don't need to be undone (be careful because the top screw on the neck pickup looks like a regular screw. It isn't, it's an impostor.) You can now lift up the pickguard, but there will be 3 wires holding it to the body. Two of these are grounding wires, they are almost always black, and are soldered to the back of the volume knob. The two wires you need to un-solder are the one from the claw at the back of the guitar, and the one which comes from the hole leading to the jack (this one will be accompanied by a white wire) Un-solder these, without un-soldering the grounding wires for the pickups if possible (they can be re-attached later if necessary). 

The last wire is a (probably) white wire coming from the jack. This is a hot wire and should be soldered to the middle lug of the volume pot. Dispatch it like you did the others, and the pickguard can now be lifted clear of the body.

3. The last two things left to do are to remove the jack plate and the strap pins. These are simply held on with screws. Undo these and you are finished.


To replace all the parts into another body, simply do them in reverse order (be careful not to solder wires until they're in place, ie, don't solder the jack wires until the jack is in place)
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