June 8th, 2012, 12:00 PM
A few months ago I was shopping with my GF in IKEA. She was looking for furniture and I was looking for butcherblocks.:wink:
Unfortunaly the block I needed (SPÄR) was sold out a few years ago, so I bought some EXKLUSIV's. Not big anough to make a telebody, so I have to cut and glue to the right size.
The first I had to do was routing the neckpocket to align the bridgeplate.
My pressdrill is to small to dril the stringtroughholes, so I have to drill them before I glued the bodyparts.
A few days later after glueing the parts, I started to route the cavities.
Meanwhile I've made an MDF routing template for the body contoure.
Than my stumic say's I'm hungry, so it's time to lunch.
June 8th, 2012, 12:12 PM
I have a big piece of oak countertop in my shed - it's the piece we cut out of the middle of the worktop so the sink could go in. I couldn't bear to throw away something that nice, so it's been sitting there for 2 years.. So I was thinking of making a body or 2 from it.
June 8th, 2012, 12:54 PM
After lunch I started to route the contoure.
The bit goes through the wood like a knife through butter, so within 5 minutes this was the result.
Than the job nobody likes, sanding.:sad:
First with machinery, but the final tuch should be by hand.:wink:
No matter what, but even if you're consentrated on the job, there can appear some accidants like a chip-out. While the clue is drying, I've shaped the headstock of the vintage paddleneck.
So, that's for now.
I don't know the max number of pictures in one post.:wink:
June 8th, 2012, 04:37 PM
Lookin good so far! I've been down this road before, here's the "kitchencaster" I built for my father a couple years ago.
Here's the build thread.
June 8th, 2012, 06:29 PM
I'll comment on one thing, I'm glad to see someone else start by mounting the neck first, it sure eliminates some problems. Nice guitar.
June 8th, 2012, 07:47 PM
After rounding the edges with the router and drilling the wirechannels and output hole, it start to looklike an real guitar.
Than it was the moment to finishing the body and neck.
I've used an acrilic based blanc laquer in spraycans.
It was quick dry, so every 10 minutes I could spray the next layer.
After a dozen of layers, I could see where I've to get attention for a bit sanding. After spraying 3 cans of 400ml I leave it there.
After 12 hours from beginning, it was ready to build it up with the hardware.
And the result after one day labor.
I was wondering how the guitar sounds, and it didn't disappointed me.
I would be able to make the neck by myself, but the wood for the neck, fretboard, fretwire and trusrod has costed me 3 times more than a prefab vintage paddleneck from Guitarfetish, the same supplier of the rest of the hardware.
Sorry about the bad English, it's not my motherlanguage.
And the bad cellphone pictures.
In the next post I wil drop some pictures token by my GF's camera.
June 8th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Nice build. What's the weight of the finished guitar?
June 9th, 2012, 07:33 AM
Unfortunaly during the soundtest, my belt has marked a dozen of scratches on the back of the body. So, I had to disassambly the guitar to sand and paint it again. After an week, I've polished it with MicroMesh Pads.
Meanwhile I've add some decals on the body and headstock to looklike an brand guitar. As promished some pictures token with my GF's camera.:wink:
Body: Solid laminated birch, 40mm (1.6"), (IKEA Butcherblock EXKLUSIV, 1 1/3 part)
Neck: Vintage style mapple with heel trussrod adjustment
Mensure: 25.5", 21 medium nickel silver frets
Topnut: black graphite
Bridge: "Modern Style" Tele Bridge Stainless Steel Saddles Gold
Tuners: Wilkinson EZ-LOK locking Tuners Gold
Controls: Telecaster Gold control plate vintage Style, 3-way PU-selector, 1 volume control, 1 tone control.
Electronics: Vintage style circuit with trebble bleed modification.
Neckpickup: GFS Alnico Tele Pickup GOLD Cover Vintage Wound, 5.4 KOhm.
Bridgepickup: GFS Hot Lead Alnico Overwound Tele Bridge Pickup, 9.3 KOhm.
Gauge: D'Addario XL Nickel Wound EXL120, .009/.042.
Total weight: 3.9 kilo (ca. 8.6 Lb)
June 9th, 2012, 08:12 AM
What a great idea! Nicely executed too :)
June 9th, 2012, 09:13 AM
Beautiful Tele. I use a lot of GFS stuff too. I love their pickups.
June 9th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Nice. With all those checkerboard squares in the body I would expect the sound to be very complex. ;)
June 9th, 2012, 01:38 PM
sweet. i like the gold hardware
June 9th, 2012, 07:25 PM
Beautiful end result. Congrats.
June 11th, 2012, 12:18 AM
I love the concept! It looks like it came out great too. Nice job :)
June 11th, 2012, 12:29 AM
Very nice, I like the look.
June 11th, 2012, 11:21 AM
June 11th, 2012, 11:31 AM
Great looking guitar!
June 11th, 2012, 11:33 AM
I also like the combination of ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 and ISO 8601 in the serial number. ;)
June 11th, 2012, 11:44 AM
June 11th, 2012, 12:33 PM
June 11th, 2012, 01:52 PM
Well played, sir. Well played.
June 14th, 2012, 09:41 PM
won't the finish get ruined when you cut on it with a knife??
June 14th, 2012, 10:23 PM
Very cool. Nice job.
July 18th, 2012, 11:59 PM
We have a giant butcherbock. I bet I could get ~6-8 Tele's out of that thing....