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Old January 15th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thinline telecaster - mahogany body with maple top

Hi guys, just started this build last december.

Its going to be just the body.
I had a nice peace of mahogany but it was a bit slim for a tele body, so I decided to route it, and with a nice maple top, complete a thinline tele.

The neck is from a Squier Tele Custom that I had, and has been reliced through some years of playing by my sweaty-hands brother.

But I love that neck, has modern 9,5" radius and jumbo frets, all maple.

The pus will be Lindy Fralins P92, which are said to be P90s, in humbucker size without the hum and buzz.

It will go with faux binding and probably an orange color.

Here are the pics so far:



































Some chipping along the way








But quickly fixed with some titebond









Then removing some wood













Routing the inner pattern for the thinline











Now working on the maple top












Here the body and top meeting, begining hopefully a long time romance












Thats all for now!

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Old February 5th, 2013, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ok, here I am again
got some work done


sanded the F some more

when I was done, I glued both pieces together, then proceeded to route the extra maple form the top, and then, sand, sand, sand, and sand my hands off to get out all those damn bit marks left at the edge

man, Im tired form sanding!


















there are some parts where the top did not glued as tight as I would liked to the body.

Is there some sort of filler that can be used to fill those gaps????
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Old February 5th, 2013, 07:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Once you route for the neck pocket and the neck pickup there won't be much left to fill. Are you planning on installing binding?
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No, Im planning on having faux binding on it

like this beauty Jack made:

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Old February 5th, 2013, 10:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Are you spraying the finish or dying it first?
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Old February 5th, 2013, 10:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Very cool project!
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Old February 5th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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No, Im planning on having faux binding on it

like this beauty Jack made:

Ah yes, that will look great!
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Old February 6th, 2013, 06:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Are you spraying the finish or dying it first?

Dying it first
After some clear laquer sprayed
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Old February 6th, 2013, 09:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Been thinking of doing one of these myself so I'll be watching this one very closely :D . May I ask where you got your templates , did you make them or buy them? I like the binding idea, should look awsome. :)
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Old February 6th, 2013, 09:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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the templates I borrowed them from a friendo of mine that build guitars

If I'm not mistaken, he downloaded the blueprints from here, and have them laser cut in mdf
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Very nice I like the maple
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Old March 29th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well, after a couple of weeks, here I am again
this time pickup cavities were rotued
neck pocket also routed, as weel as back control cavity
bridge also placed and string through holes done

next step, sand a lot and then start testing dyes for the top


















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Old March 29th, 2013, 07:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Nice progress !
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Old June 28th, 2013, 01:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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guys, here are some updates on this build
after some sanding and cavity routing, I am entering the staining stage















here some stain test, but unfortunately, the rain stopped me from testing some more!









hope to finish staining this week and get the whole finishing process this month.
I cant wait to start using this axe!
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This is the same guitar I have set out to build but my progress isn't going nearly as good as yours. What kind of pups are going in this beauty?
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Old June 28th, 2013, 01:40 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I have a pair of Fralin P-92 that cant wait to hear!

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I have a pair of Fralin P-92 that cant wait to hear!
Cool, you've done a very nice job on this man. I have a pair of Gibby P90's here came out of a 61 SG reissue that it's owner didn't like so I installed him a pair of Kinman noiseless P90's he had purchased and I had to route his pickup cavities to do the install. He is a good friend of mine and he gave me the Gibby P90's for doing the install. I play a lot of jazz so I am still debating single vs double F-holes and I am looking for mine to be my main Go To axe whether I'm playin jazz, blues, country, rock or what have you. So, I know the neck pup is getting a Lollar Charlie Christian but I am not sure whether I want to put both P90's in one in bridge and one for middle as I really like my Nashville Tele and it has 3 pups and I will often opt for that Mark Knopfler 2nd position bridge and middle pup combo in parallel most commonly associated with starts. I really dig that sound and wouldn't want to be without it as an option and I am sure P90's could replicate that in their own unique way. The only other consideration I have to take into account is whether or not to use the standard Tele ash tray bridge plate and if I do then I will probably get a custom wound/voiced pup that will go in the standard bridge plate then one of the Gibby P90's for middle and the Lollar CC for the neck with a 5 way switch. Other than that I could opt out of the ash tray and go with both P90's and the CC.

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Old June 29th, 2013, 01:36 PM   #18 (permalink)
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here we go staining the maple top
i am using tewmac diyes, vintage amber, cherry red y tobacco brown.

first we mask the sides really tight, even the f hole









here is the staining lab






here is the first hand of diye









and here the second with some more darkening in the mixture










some closeups








that's it for today!
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Looking good!
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Looks real good I am jealous!
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