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Routing Template for '56 Tele

Routing Template for '56 Tele

Full Template Set

Full Template Set

Item # 2378
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Routing Template for '56 Tele Body Set

Body Set

Item # 2376
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Routing Template for '56 Tele Neck


Item # 2377
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Routing Template for '56 Tele

About This Item

Build a 1950s Telecaster
With measurements taken directly from an original vintage guitar, these templates make it easy to build your own version of this timeless instrument.

We're lucky to work on some of the most incredible guitars on the planet. We've been meticulously measuring every inch, curve, and detail to bring you these incredibly accurate routing templates. When we discovered an exceptionally fine 1956 Telecaster we knew we had to share it with you.

Built to vintage specs
We sweat all the details—from the size and shape of the routs, to the bridge placement, to the wiring channels, it's all there!

Get the options you want
While the body template includes the router guides for the traditional single-coil pickups, we've made it easy to build your dream guitar. The second body template includes routing patterns for both a humbucker and P-90—there's no limit on how you can customize your build.

2378 Full Template Set
Includes body (set of 2) and neck template

2376 Body Set
Includes two full sized templates with body shape, neck pocket, control cavities, wiring channel, humbucker and pickup cavities, jack, and bridge location

2377 Neck
includes full sized neck template with headstock, fretboard locating pins, and nut location

  • Clear acrylic
  • Laser etched centerlines
  • Accurate locations for routing pickups, neck pocket, control cavities, hardware, nut location, and more
  • 1/4" thick—no need to shim when routing

Don't forget the bits!
We've got the specialty bits you'll need when using these templates. These are the bits we recommend:

2494 3/4" diameter x 2" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
2499 3/4" diameter x 1-1/4" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
2492 1/2" diameter x 5/8" Down-Shear Cut Ball Bearing Router Bit
0583 3/8" diameter x 1/2" Ball Bearing Router Bit
4848 1/4" Aircraft Extension Drill bit
2477 7/16" radius Round-over Router Bit
2475 1/8" radius Round-over Router Bit
2497 7/8" diameter Forstner Bit for Output Jacks
Fisch Brad Point Drill Bits (0097 or 0098 depending on your hardware choices)

Get precision cuts every time
We recommend using Double-stick Tape to keep the templates in place. Align the body template's centerlines with those drawn on your wood and tape in place. The Bosch Colt Router and Router Bits make it easy to get clean and precise cuts.

Templates thickness: 1/4" (6.35mm)

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How (and why) to use templates to rout control cavities

If you sometimes think of making a custom electric guitar, Erick Coleman has tips to make one part of the process a lot easier. Here's how to rout the neck pocket and control cavities so they look as good as a factory build.

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Looks like a quality template as I would expect from StewMac. Can't wait to use it!


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My template set had slipped through quality control with a manufacturing error. StewMac Customer Service promptly replaced the defective parts without question. This is professional grade service from a company that you can rely on, as I have been doing for many years.




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have not used them yet what you sent very good quality

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