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I'm getting a Squier Standard Fat Tele soon, and I am hoping this will free up my current Affinity Tele to be used as a project. It's my CAR 2009 with a 2001 Affinity neck.

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The plan is to remove the neck pickup, get a new pickguard made, Esquire style, replace all of the electronics (although I may keep the bridge pickup, because I really like it), and rig up the Esquire switching options.

So, a few points and questions...

The pickguard I plan on getting done by PickGuardian. Has anyone used them and has an opinion, advice to go for it or avoid them? For the colour, I was thinking of the aged pearloid, but again, I am willing to listen to creative suggestions. GuitarFetish has some good-looking Esquire guards, but with my last Affinity I tried several times to replace the pickguard and none of the ones I bought came even close to fitting, and I bought about 5 replacements over the journey. It might be more painless to simply get one custom made. The luthier I regularly use doesn't make pickguards anymore, and the only other place I know that does them took about 5 months to do a basic setup on my 51, so I'm forgetting them.

Another issue is the bridge. The bridge on the Affinity really is one of its weaknesses. It's prone to loose saddle-height screws that vibrate and has that HORRIBLE string-through-the-rear-of-the-unit setup that is a nightmare to work with. The problem in buying an aftermarket bridge is that I simply don't know if it's made to american or asian specs. I would prefer to get one with dimensions that match the one I already have.

I will be going for a classic Esquire switching setup.

I will point out that this project is probably a few months away from even beginning, but I want to do it properly and gather as much information as far in advance as I can.

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I'm getting a Squier Standard Fat Tele soon, and I am hoping this will free up my current Affinity Tele to be used as a project. It's my CAR 2009 with a 2001 Affinity neck.

DSC00184.jpg

The plan is to remove the neck pickup, get a new pickguard made, Esquire style, replace all of the electronics (although I may keep the bridge pickup, because I really like it), and rig up the Esquire switching options.

So, a few points and questions...

The pickguard I plan on getting done by PickGuardian. Has anyone used them and has an opinion, advice to go for it or avoid them? For the colour, I was thinking of the aged pearloid, but again, I am willing to listen to creative suggestions. GuitarFetish has some good-looking Esquire guards, but with my last Affinity I tried several times to replace the pickguard and none of the ones I bought came even close to fitting, and I bought about 5 replacements over the journey. It might be more painless to simply get one custom made. The luthier I regularly use doesn't make pickguards anymore, and the only other place I know that does them took about 5 months to do a basic setup on my 51, so I'm forgetting them.

Another issue is the bridge. The bridge on the Affinity really is one of its weaknesses. It's prone to loose saddle-height screws that vibrate and has that HORRIBLE string-through-the-rear-of-the-unit setup that is a nightmare to work with. The problem in buying an aftermarket bridge is that I simply don't know if it's made to american or asian specs. I would prefer to get one with dimensions that match the one I already have.

I will be going for a classic Esquire switching setup.

I will point out that this project is probably a few months away from even beginning, but I want to do it properly and gather as much information as far in advance as I can.

Dude... NO ONE CARES!!!

Ok, me, thanks for the wakeup call...

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Dude... NO ONE CARES!!!

Ok, me, thanks for the wakeup call...

I wouldn't sweat it too much mate. How d'you think I felt when I posted about my proposed trip to New Orleans asking for support and no-one responded? It's just people for you...

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Dude... NO ONE CARES!!!

Ok, me, thanks for the wakeup call...

I wouldn't sweat it too much mate. How d'you think I felt when I posted about my proposed trip to New Orleans asking for support and no-one responded? It's just people for you...

Nah, I'm not too worried about it.

I was saying about a month ago that I thought the thread had been dead lately, and everyone came back and said that the opposite was true, and that it was the busiest it had been in years. I still stand by my own opinion on the matter :-)

I didn't even know you were going to New Orleans. Maybe I am out of touch. But then again, I rarely venture into the 'off-topic' threads...

I actually joined the telecaster forum and have been posting there about this project. Lots of info there, but the volume of traffic is enormous. I like it here much better. I know some people here, and this is the best LOOKING forum I've ever seen.

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Hmm. Fair enough.

Yeah, I posted about it a few weeks ago, going over there to help build houses for a couple of weeks. My post was to generate support and potentially donations but no-one seemed to care so I just figured "#### you all then" and am continuing to solicit for support elsewhere.

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Hmm. Fair enough.

Yeah, I posted about it a few weeks ago, going over there to help build houses for a couple of weeks. My post was to generate support and potentially donations but no-one seemed to care so I just figured "#### you all then" and am continuing to solicit for support elsewhere.

I imagine it would be hard to find financial support here. Most of the people here seem to sink their spare income into guitar-related stuff. I know I'm guilty of that to a point, but my spare income is miniscule.

Very noble of you to go over there to do that. Is it something you are doing through an organization?

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I've applied with Common Ground Relief, who are pretty much spearheading the rebuilding and mobile hospital efforts there. Still yet to hear back from them though. My life's been a bit of a shambles recently and I decided that doing something altruistic would be a good way to bring some order back into it, basically.

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I have to say, I like this project, Jason. I for one do care :wink:

I did see it last night but didn't post cause it was late and I was tired. Not a good combination for me :P

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I have to say, I like this project, Jason. I for one do care :wink:

I did see it last night but didn't post cause it was late and I was tired. Not a good combination for me :P

+1

I would have responded, but it's not like you asked a question or posted any progress pics. All I really could have said was "Sounds good..."

That being said, it sounds like a good project, we just need a little more to go on here :-) .

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I have to say, I like this project, Jason. I for one do care :wink:

I did see it last night but didn't post cause it was late and I was tired. Not a good combination for me :P

+1

I would have responded, but it's not like you asked a question or posted any progress pics. All I really could have said was "Sounds good..."

That being said, it sounds like a good project, we just need a little more to go on here :-) .

I DID ask if anyone has used PickGuardian ;)

There was also an impled question about the bridge. I was going to ask questions about the electronics, but decided to wait for another day.

But don't mind, me, I've just been feeling a bit defensive lately :-D

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But don't mind, me, I've just been feeling a bit defensive lately :-D

PMS will do that to you. Believe me. Apparently our schedules are in sync :lol: .

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(BTW: not a woman, in case anyone has any doubts)

thanks for clarifying that, I ttly had doubts

It's because of my subtle wit and universal sex appeal :lol: .

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I think you should probably put a bigsby on it.

It has definitely crossed my mind, but I rarely even use the vibrato bar, so it would be a white elephant for me, even if it would look totally cool :)

Also, I have decided to go with the Fender 0053676000 as my pickup. It's OEM in the 69 Thinline Tele reissue. They can be found cheap :-)

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Good choice. They sound real nice, from my experience :) .

Personally, I'm more partial to lipstick-tube units when it comes to single-coil pickups, but I like that you're going for a modicum of authenticity :lol: .

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Good choice. They sound real nice, from my experience :) .

Personally, I'm more partial to lipstick-tube units when it comes to single-coil pickups, but I like that you're going for a modicum of authenticity :lol: .

There's a bit of the story behind the pickup choice...

I have been over on the telecaster.com forums asking about GFS pickups, and the opinions and experiences are so varied, I decided not to take a chance on them. People were suggesting the usual suspects (SD, Bill Lawrence, Tonerider, Lindy Fralin), but I'm trying to stike a balance between price and quality, so I decided genuine Fender would be the way to go.

I have rarely seen an issue so divisive as the topic of GFS pickups.

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I bought my pickup, deciding on a bridge pickup from an AV 62 Custom Telecaster RI.

HC reviews led me to believe the pickup offers twang and great balance between high/mid/low, which suits me fairly well.

I paid about USD$40 off ebay, so I hope it turns out to be a good deal. waiting for it to be delivered now :)

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nice project you got coming along there robbomonster :)

im also gonna get a pickguard from pickguardian for my jagmaster but im still debating the color

Is you Jagmaster black or 'burst?

If it's black, I say go for the aged pearl.

If it's burst... I STILL say go for the aged pearl :-D

Good thing is that they have options, and the prices are ok. Although the prices might start seeming less reasonable when I start thinking about 2 lots of shipping costs...

This project of mine is gonna be a bit of a slow burn. Money is tight, so everything will be getting done gradually.

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