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When using a bolt on neck & a tele bridge plate with a 9 1/2" length box...For extra length/support, I should add wood to the end with the neck or back by the bridge? There is a certain distance I need to replicate between the back end of the neck and the pickups, correct?
I normally do neck through models, but the bolt on ones that I did do, I ran a piece of supporting wood the entire length inside the box and glued it down. Then I bolted the neck to that, so the neck was basically supported by the entire box. You can put the pickup wherever you want, closer to the neck usually makes for mellower sounds, closer to the bridge makes for twangier sounds.
I agree with the phrygian kid the box would collapse if there wasn't some support through out