SG Lover 94
June 15th, 2010, 11:53 PM
So I am building my first guitar and love the simplicity of the Telecaster and i woul like to document my progress for fun, and hopefully advice from experienced people.
So Here Goes :
I printed out a body plan :
And bansawed and barrel sanded a template for the body shape :
And one for the cavity routes (I still need to finish) :
And a nice peice of alder from Stew-Mac :
Any Critisism (Constructive I Hope), Comments (Polite I Hope), or Advice would be much apreciated.
P.S. I couldnt figre out how to format it so they go in order, Help please.
June 16th, 2010, 12:17 AM
I'll tell ya what: I'm a few steps ahead of you on my first build. Check out my build thread (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/210279-so-starts-my-tele-1-a.html) and see if you can learn from my mistakes.
I learned a lot from Jack Wells' build thread here (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tdpri-2010-%24210-tele-build-challenge/202061-2010-tdpri-%24210-challenge-caster.html) In fact, I probably would never have tried to build my own truss rod had I not seen Jack do it first. So I was definitely inspired by his build. I learned a lot from watching him. I even finished my neck the same way that he did and it's turning out very nice indeed.
If you get stumped ask questions. I've learned a lot here. Folks here don't mind giving helpful advice.
June 16th, 2010, 12:41 AM
I'm currently in the process of building master templates; I intend for the main one to give the shape and also the bridge/neck pup and control routes and string through holes. The next one with provide the next route and also the back ferrule holes.
Then build 3/4" templates from those.
Then use the 3/4" templates on some pine.
My thread (http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/177347-first-build-cosmic-slop-partscaster.html)
June 16th, 2010, 08:17 AM
Some good tips I've received here are:
- use 1/4" MDF for the first template
- spend plenty of time getting the edge of your 1/4" template smooth
- on all steps, take your time and think about what you're doing
Also, like Luke just said, remember that you'll need a separate
template for the neck pocket.
June 16th, 2010, 08:56 AM
Keep the pics coming...this looks fantastic!
June 16th, 2010, 09:14 AM
I threw away my 1/4" templates and rebuilt them from 3/4" mdf. The 3/4" gives me more room to adjust my router bit depth for the various pickup and control routes.
SG Lover 94
June 17th, 2010, 02:30 PM
Well I was to lazy to reply yesderday so here goes :
I routed out the body and I had some tearout, I'd say I did okay for the first time i ever used a router, and so I will fill in the holes with filler, Which is okay because i had planned on painting her anyway.
The Diagram Jack Wells uses for routing direction is great, and helpful.