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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just finished these two tele's...what do you guys think?

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to show some pics of the last two tele's I built, these are my third and fourth. Before I go on I just want to thank everyone on this forum for their help and suggestions. It sounds pretty cheesy but this is one of those few forums where everyone gets along and everyone is willing to help each other out, no matter how many times its been done before.

First one:
- Walnut body and neck. Made both myself, I shaped the neck by feel really and didn't really try to copy any particular shape. I guess its a hybrid between a soft V that then transitions into a C shape.
- Rosewood fingerboard with MOP fret markers
- Seymour Duncan Little '59 in the bridge and Vintage Stack in the neck
- I still have to put control knobs and strap buttons on it though

Second one:
- Swamp Ash body with Flamed Box Elder top. Neck is made out of Soft Curly Maple. I shaped the neck the same way on this one as I did on the Walnut one. - Maple fretboard with flamed box elder fret markers that I made myself. Kinda proud of myself on that one
- Seymour Duncan Jazz Humbucker in the neck and TB-4 in the bridge with a 3way switch.

I would really appreciate any feedback, good or bad on them.

Thanks
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's a couple more pics of the Box Elder one
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Speechless - both are gorgeous - love the grain on the ash one.....wow!
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Is the walnut chambered?
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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No it's solid. The bathroom scale says it weighs in at just over 8lbs.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 11:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Unbelievably gorgeous! Both of them. Good work!!!
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 11:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Both are very nice guitars.
The only thing I don't like are those neck bolts. Other than that, fabulous!
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 11:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Looking great........
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 11:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Very, very nice. I'm becoming fonder of the neck bolts over time, but only on the non-standard (not BSB or fender colors, for example). I think they look good on both of these.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 11:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 12:24 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Great job on both of them!!
Since you asked for comments looking at the neck bolts it
would be really easy to put a bit of heel contour, plenty of
room from the bottom bolt to the edge of the wood.

Again super nice!
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 12:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Very nice! I like the clean, consistent look you achieved
with both of them. It looks like you really thought through
what you were going for.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 12:58 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Who would be crazy enough to build a walnut tele w. neck ferrules? Oh yeah...






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Sweet! ................haven't seen that nice a pair in a long time
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 01:08 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I remember that one now. Maybe it was a subconscious thing on my part.
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The only problem I have with them is they are not at my house! Great lookin' guitars. Someone mentioned the neck bolts and that would be my only concern as it seems a neck plate would be better but I'm sure you considered that and you obviously know what you're doin'.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:11 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Very nice. I like the walnut one very much. I would suggest walnut knobs to tie it all together.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 03:06 AM   #19 (permalink)
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wow, that walnut tele nearly looks like a rosewood harrison model! i was blown away by that until i saw the swamp ash!

great body/neck combos on both and i LOVE the dot markers
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 04:24 AM   #20 (permalink)
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..wow...nice job man..you can send me the dark one and thank you..i have lots of repair know how but i never built a Tele from the ground up...what would be the min. amount of tools i would need to do this...could i get away with basic hand tools...this is a one time thing ,not doing a factory production line...labour is no problem..the few times i have thought about doing this, i priced out it was cheaper just to order the body parts,and put it together....what are your thoughts or you fellas that bin there...thanks
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