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Old January 9th, 2013, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2 inch telecaster

Am I crazy I started a pine telecaster and decided I wanted a thick body with an oak and poplar top. So what ya'll think? ill post pictures tomorrow.

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Old January 9th, 2013, 08:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How would I post pics from my smartphone?
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep crazy. Teles jab you enough without being thicker.
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I've done it. Make sure you put a nice roundover on the back. Another nice thing with the applied top is you can do some chambering for weight reduction, with or without a sound hole.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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a 2" key ring telecaster, cool....

oh you mean 2" thick?... yikes.... now that's a slab..;)
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm looking for a thick country tone and I figured 12 year old pine is pretty light.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've made one pretty close to that. Just use a larger radius round over bit like was suggested earlier.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Maybe. depends on the piece. Some can be very light, other pines can weigh a bunch.
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Possibly give the back a rounded profile?
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Some company came out with a fat guitar simply called the Fat Boy. It looked too fat to me... like a really fat person. I did not think it was attractive... I think Leo got it perfect.
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I planned a 1/2" roundover for the back with heavy contouring, and a relief on the horn side of the neck.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I used a 1/2 inch top, maybe make a carved top?
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Old January 9th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Some company came out with a fat guitar simply called the Fat Boy. It looked too fat to me... like a really fat person. I did not think it was attractive... I think Leo got it perfect.
That was Carvin...I think.
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Ah! Thank you.. Carvin is the company.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 10:09 PM   #15 (permalink)
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sadly I glued up the body yesterday, so I'm trying to justify my crazy idea.
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1/2" roundover will help. If all you did was glue it up, you could plane it down if you don't like the idea.
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In my experience, thinner solid body guitars, sound better than thicker solid bodies (within reason). I know the Les Paul lovers are going to take issue with this, so I'll qualify. 25.5 inch scale fender style guitars with bolt on necks, sound better to me if the bodies are a little thinner the nominal 1 13/16. A local builder here used to build tele "copies" with 1 1/2 inch bodies, and there was a noticeable difference. I played many of them and AB'd against Tele's with similar woods and pickups. They just sounded "bigger", more open and more "woody". I don't know what the hell that means, but they just sounded better. Aesthetics is a good reason to do what you propose, but I don't think you will gain anything, in terms of tone. But then, I prefer the tone of SG's (with vintage style PAF's) to Les Pauls also so........
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I had a bright idea to use a 3.5 inch red oak strip in the middle with some uniformly green poplar on each side, so it's different.
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I've been an acoustic player for years (fender Gemini 2 built in 1985) i just wanted an original Tele with country vibe, im looking for twang. I can plane 1\4 inch off the top and be right at 1.75 and still have the look i want, i guess.
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I did an arm rest on my last body.. not near as much as a Strat...

it feels good under the forearm.... and exposes a bit of grain...

the backs of Teles have never bothered me... I like the tight radius... they don't slide off your lap like strats do.... they grip...

it's only under the forearm where I notice the edge when playing for long periods...... this slight roll off feels just right...

on a thicker body it might work well,,,,
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