Jaguar neck on a Strat body (Squier '51) WTD



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Jaguar neck on a Strat body (Squier '51) WTD

Postby frodog » Tue Jul 26, 2022 4:17 pm

Hey, so I just impulsively bought a Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar neck to put on my old Squier '51, which is a strat body w/ a tele neck. It plays fine, but I've long thought about changing it up since the maple fretboard is not really my thing tonally.

However I didn't really consider the 24" scale of a Jag neck, which will necessitate a (hardtail, not string-thru) bridge relocation and possibly some routing of the neck pocket. I have no experience with this level of guitar modification apart from electronics, but from the little research I've done the main points I've gleaned are: Measured from the middle of the 12th fret, the length to the nut and the (middle of the) bridge saddles must be identical, and that the butt of a tele is straight and not slightly protruding like the jag's, so some routing will be required?

I wasn't planning on taking on such a project, but the idea of further fucking up a frankenstrat is also tantalizing. It's not my main guitar so time is not an issue. I know a luthier who will probably end up cutting the nut (there is none, nor tuners) but I'd like to do a bit of DIY too. Do you think that's unrealistic, even with careful measuring and the right tools? Am I overlooking something crucial?

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Re: Jaguar neck on a Strat body (Squier '51) WTD

Postby frodog » Thu Jul 28, 2022 9:52 am

So I just got the neck and all seems to be well. Decent frets, nice block inlays and a lightly sanded, satin feel on the back. The butt (or heel?) is more rounded than a Tele neck, so it does seem I'd have to re-route the neck pocket with someone's Dremel or something. I might be underestimating the difficulty of such an operation though.. we'll see I guess. Any tips would be appreciated.

The other option I've been considering is buying a loaded Jaguar body sans neck. Found some on ebay that are within my budget but also way above what I wanted to spend on this project. A painted, pre-routed blank is a little less money initially, but then I'd still have to buy all the hardware, so it would become more expensive in the end. But if anyone has such a body lying around, hit me up.

Watch this thread for updates in like a year from now.
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Re: Jaguar neck on a Strat body (Squier '51) WTD

Postby chromandre » Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:54 am

Personally what I would do, I just like having multiple guitars for tuning backup overdubs... I would find a strat neck for the '51, save the jag neck, wait for a deal on loaded squier CV body. (and a 1degree shim in the neck)
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Re: Jaguar neck on a Strat body (Squier '51) WTD

Postby frodog » Thu Jul 28, 2022 3:58 pm

Yeah that's what I'm leaning towards too. Not too excited about butchering my only other/alternate tuning electric, having three whole guitars would obviously be better.

Does it have to be a CV body, am I fucked if I get another Jag model or a Fender or is it just less likely to be a perfect fit? Also I hadn't considered a shim, which way would that go?

Thanks for the advice.
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