Making The 'king' Sing: Double-cut Tele Upgrade

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  1. Mossman

    Mossman Well-Known Member

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    As many of you are aware @PsychoCid and I each recently acquired a spanky new ‘King’ brand (Cozart) double-cut Telecaster. Big thanks to @Bubba Zanetti who got us hip to the existence of these guitars in the first place! (y)

    (BTW, Bubba... I’ve been waiting to hear some NGD news from you! How you diggin’ yours?)

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    At first, I wanted to put a set of Tonerider Hot Classics (A3) in there, but I was having trouble finding them in the US, and I also found out that the bridge pickup has staggered pole pieces, and I was afraid it wouldn’t fly with the 17” fretboard radius.

    I was probably concerned over nothing, but I’m glad I started looking around for A3 alternatives, because I came across a ton of glowing reviews and great demo videos for the Custom Shop ‘51 NOcaster set. Judging from the videos I watched, these pups are the business!

    So I found a set (new) on ebay for about the same price as the Toneriders, and also ordered a Wilkinson bridge with compensated brass saddles.

    Look at that chrome on the bridge, Ian... Now doesn’t that look a whole lot better? :)

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    I have a set of Kluson-style GFS tuners laying around that I’m going to replace the stock tuners with. There’s nothing terribly wrong with the stock ones. They just feel stiff... coarse. The GFS ones are better, and they’ve been sitting in a box for a long time... I should use them.

    I also have a 4-way switch (should be mandatory on all Teles), CTS pots and Sprague cap. I’ve got some bone nuts on the way too. I haven’t really played this guitar enough to tell if there are any tuning/binding issues... It just looks so cheap and plasticy.

    I’ve got one more surprise up my sleeve for the final reveal... I just hope it comes out looking as cool as it does in my head! :eek:

    As soon as the nuts come in... I’m gonna get crackin’! :)
     
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    Crazy! Gonna be great!!
     
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    I really want one of these.
     
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    I am so darn surprised by how handsome these things are. Plays good too without a single mod.
     
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    This is going to be epic...
     
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    D's nuts!

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    Let the transformation begin!
     
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    Mossman that thing is going to rock when you are done. Looking forward to the finished product.
     
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    Me too! Unfortunately, I found out today that the final element of this project is going to take a little bit longer to arrive than I originaly thought (it’s a custom item), but there’s nothing stopping me from doing the bulk of the work while I’m waiting for it.
     
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    Yeah, ‘handsome’ is a good adjective for it. I really like the way it looks, but I’ll enjoy playing it more once the stock pickups are gone. :)
     
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    Will you give us some sound clips?
     
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    Ok, the fun begins...

    I set about removing the nut, and unlike the Furrian, it came out pretty easily. Which was a relief. Looks like they didn’t use any glue at all.

    Now that I’m taking a closer look at this guitar, I’ve noticed a couple of things. First, on the treble side of the neck, the fretboard doesn’t quite meet the edge of the neck by a hair:

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    Also, I noticed this... rut running own the length of the neck heel that nobody sanded flush before finishing. Sorry about the blurry pic, I had to take this without the flash in order to catch it.

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    There’s a similar rut running down the other side of the heel too. @PsychoCid, does yours have these ruts? Since it’s on both sides of the neck, I’m wondering if that might have happened as a result of some manufacturing process. It doesn’t seem to be a random accident.

    Ok, back to the nut...

    Also unlike the Furrian, the replacement nut was not too thin for the nut slot... It was too thick. So I had to spend some quality time, sanding the face of the nut a little, then trying to fit it, then sanding a little more, then trying again, etc....

    I wanted it to fit snugly, but not too snugly, I thought... I still didn’t know how it was going to be height wise, and didn’t want it to be too much trouble to get it out, if I need to take some material off the bottom, or something. It was then I thought it would be a good idea to take a moment to compare it with the stock nut, and see where I’m at... Sure enough, the new nut is not as tall... (the original plastic nut is on the left. New bone nut on the right).

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    Shimma-shimma-shim... Now where’s that piece of veneer I have??
     
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    I’d really like to, because I think this thing is gonna sound like an angry monster! :eek:
     
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    It means your fretboard has hand rolled edges

    The edge of the handle of my screwdriver created identical 'ruts' on the side of the neck that I hand rounded the fretboard edges.

    They rounded it after the finish was put on, heh. But mine has no ruts and no fretboard discrepancies.
     
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    Ok...
     
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    Did that make sense?

    It means an unskilled guitar Craftsman such as myself used a random object such as the long side of a screwdriver to round the edges of your fretboard (to be more comfortable for your fingers and grip).

    And in this process of pushing force into and scraping the screwdriver back at forth between frets to round the wood edges, the handle of the screwdriver was accidentally pressed into the side of your neck.

    Thus leaving a groove or 'rut' as you describe. You can potentially cure by steaming this area of the wood. Press a hot wet towel on it for a while.
     
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    Pulled all the guts out... I found it interesting that the bridge pickup had a brass base plate... Or some metal that looks like brass.. Fender doesn’t even do that anymore.

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    I want to mount the bridge straight, so I had to fill three of the four mounting holes. I’ll have to wait for the glue to dry.

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    Did you fill them just with glue? Gorilla?
     
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    I guess that makes sense.

    You don’t expect rolled fingerboards on a $100 guitar.
     
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    No, toothpicks and Titebond.
     
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