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Building a 1963 Lake Placid Telecaster - Installing the Strap Pegs
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This was a straightforward process. Just be sure to measure twice and drill once. For the end strap peg I used a ruler to find the center line form the top of the body using the bridge as a guide. I marked both sides of the ruler on the white binding using a ball point pen (the ink rubs right off). Then I measured to determine the center of the width of the body and marked my spot with the pen. I used a small punch to gently start the hole for drilling.

For the front strap peg I cheated a bit and measured the strap peg location on my other Fender Telecaster - just to be sure. No reason not to use what you have available for information. Then it was simply a matter of finding the center point of the width of the body; marking the location and punching and drilling the hole. I did cut and place a small piece of felt behind each strap peg (I noticed that on my other Tele and thought what the hell it can't hurt). Strap pegs installed!


Building a 1963 Lake Placid Telecaster - Home
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Using a ruler to determine the center point on the end of the guitar.

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You can see the alignment marks on the white binding and the body.

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A close-up of using the punch to start the hole.

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Setting the depth I needed to drill on the drill bit with tape.

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I did not want to drill the hole too deep.

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I started the screw by hand - just to get it set.

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I used a cordles screwdriver set at a low torque setting.

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The strap peg installed.

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To find the location of the front strap peg I again measured the width of the guitar body.

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Then I measured the distance from the neck to where the strap peg should be located.

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To verify the location I cheated a bit and used antoher Fender Telecaster as my guide.

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Checking the center point on the width of the body.

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Using the punch to start the hole for the screw.

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The hole created by the punch.

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Cutting a small piece of felt to put behind the strap peg.

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Setting the drill bit in the starting hole.

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I again hand started the screw.

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The front strap peg installed.

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A close-up straight on view shows the head of the screw set into the strap peg.

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