May 28th, 2009, 11:24 PM
By the way, Virginia isn't my name, it is my home.
I've been lurking here for a while and I thought it was about time I introduced myself. Real name is Stan. I live and perform my civil service duties in rural Virginia. I've been building acoustic guitars (part time) for about ten years now and I've recently started building electrics.
I have to be honest. Until I built my first Tele, I thought they were the homely sisters of the guitar world. But now I truly appreciate their simple elegance and amazing versatility. Like a blank canvas for the maker and the musician (though I don't qualify as a musician).
TDPRI is an absolutely amazing place. Rich, vibrant, and so full of ... helpful people. Thanks for having me!
May 29th, 2009, 01:02 AM
Welcome to the forum Stan, sounds like you will fit right in.
We look forward to your posts and insight on all guitar matters etc. in the future.
Have fun here! :grin:
May 29th, 2009, 08:33 AM
Welcome to the TDPRI, Stan! You'll like it here.
How about some pics of the acoustics you've made so far?
May 29th, 2009, 12:09 PM
Dahlgren. Not too, too far.
May 29th, 2009, 01:20 PM
It is the spirit of the Telecaster to appear quite unassuming, plain, even unattractive to the casual observer. [Melodramatic music begins] To certain individuals however, (your registration here confirms this), the Tele selects its devotee's to reveal the versatility behind its simple elegance and the truth of its deep character. We are all captives here at the TDPRI my friend and it's my pleasure to inform you that you are in the right place.
Please submit your gear pictures, wish list and tonal predilections at your earliest convenience.
May 29th, 2009, 01:26 PM
Welcome to the group Stan. This is a cool place.
I've built a couple of kit acoustics, copy of a D18 and a D28. That's what got me hooked on building. What kind of acoustics have you done? Got any pictures of your guitars?
May 29th, 2009, 01:45 PM
My Mom's family is from near you... Fredericksburg and Gordonsville...
Nice to have you here.
May 29th, 2009, 02:08 PM
Welcome to TDPRI.
May 29th, 2009, 02:30 PM
This is a fine place you've come upon.
May 30th, 2009, 04:11 PM
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I hope I will be able to contribute something here in the coming months/years.
fenderix and BAW4742, so far I've built three styles of acoustics, a dread, a grand auditorium, and my favorite, a small jumbo. Here are pics of a couple of them. Both of these were done for friends and have some of their personality built in. I was building this dreadnought for myself, but a good friend saw it halfway finished and asked to have it.
The inlay of the hummingbird and roses has some personal meaning to him, but he didn't reveal what it was. The photographer (me) unfortunately washed out almost all the color of the shell.
This one was for a friend who hails from New Mexico. I call it the Rio Grande Auditorium. This was the frst time I worked with recon stone. I love turquoise!
Here is the first "tele" I've made. This was designed as a jazz instrument with a sound similar to Ed Bickert's Telecaster.
The customer originaly didn't want any controls on the guitar, but in the end we decided to recess them into the side. Without a pickguard to hide routing channels, this was quite a challenge to wire.
firstbassman, you can't be too, too far if you've ever heard of Dahlgren!
Sterling Indigo, you put that so eloquently, and you are so right. As for my wish list, I just want to try every combination of wood and pickup out there. Humbuckers, noiseless, single coil, high-wind, low wind... After discovering the Telecaster, I want to jump into the deep end and get fully immersed. I also enjoy a wide range of guitar music from bluegrass to solo fingerstyle on the acoustic, to jazz, country and rock on the electric. I must say, though I don't really "get" some of the esoteric jazz or high-volume high-distortion heavy metal.
May 30th, 2009, 06:16 PM
That is some really great looking stuff you're doing Stan. The inlay work is stunning.
I recently did a thinline with controls mounted through the top and I wired it through the battery box cavity on the back. I can only imagine trying to wire that edge mounted version that you did.