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Old January 30th, 2013, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First Tele build

I hope I did it right on this second try; I'm new here.
Here's my first attempt at building a Tele body from scratch. I live in Oregon, and the thought of using CVG Douglas Fir for the body seemed perfect (it's the State tree) and I love that straight grain. I used the updated E plans from TDowns that can be found on this site, and had the power tools at home to give it a try. What started out as a gut-wrenching knot of fear and excitement ultimately wound down to the drudgery of wet sanding & polishing, but I think it was worth it. I bought a used CV Custom Tele for the neck, tuners, pups, etc. to get it up and running when the body was done. It's routed as a Tele for future options, but finished as an Esquire.

Many thanks to Terry Downs- his plans were fantastic, precise, and greatly appreciated.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 01:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Beautiful guitar. And welcome to the forum.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 09:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Cool as a penguin's tail in a butt scootin' contest…. don't ya love building this stuff?

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Old January 31st, 2013, 10:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice job. now do it again :?>
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Old January 31st, 2013, 12:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Looks great! I like your handle.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 12:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Now that's what I call an introduction! , welcome to the Home Depot! If your first body looks like that, I can't wait to see your first neck
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Old January 31st, 2013, 04:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Love that grain. Nice work!

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Old January 31st, 2013, 06:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Super nice, Beerguy!
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Old February 1st, 2013, 04:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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DANG that's nice!!
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Old February 1st, 2013, 05:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Great job!
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Old February 1st, 2013, 05:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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By my calculations, you now have an extra body sitting around... Time to build another!
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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:44 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Yes, I do have a CV 50s Custom body leftover. I thinking of a maple neck on it; has anyone done that & have photos you could post?
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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:54 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 05:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Update: I had fun with the Esquire version, but it was kinda one dimensional; I missed the 2 pickup blended position. Then I converted it to a Telecaster for awhile, but I had one that sounded better to me, so now it's an HH version, using Fender Blacktop pickups. I reversed the control plate too; I like the switch placement better.

Maybe a Tele in name only now, but boy howdy does it crank! And that Douglas Fir grain just knocks me out.
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 05:21 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I forgot to mention that I did use the leftover CV Custom Tele body.

I changed the color to black from 3 tone burst, and added a maple CV 50's Tele neck from ebay. I tried a Seymour Duncan Broadcaster bridge pickup (with the stock neck p/u), but didn't think there was much improvement over the stock one, so it went back in. Reversed the control plate, added USA tuners, pots, switches, etc. That was a sweet guitar, but recently sold it on ebay to fund my next build, a Gibson Moderne. You either love it or hate it; there's no middle ground on that one.
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...but recently sold it on ebay to fund my next build, a Gibson Moderne. You either love it or hate it; there's no middle ground on that one.
You're right about that..............and I do.

Nice guitars you built by the way.
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Oooh, you got to post the Moderne build! Pleez!
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Old October 4th, 2014, 08:58 AM   #18 (permalink)
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My Moderne build is being posted at MyLesPaul.com>The Custom Shop>Luthier's Corner>Beerbelly's low-buck Moderne build. Many photos too.

It's a build aimed at people who don't have all the pro tools and only some building experience. It's had a few issues along the way, but they've been resolved, and it's about to start getting clear coats.
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Are you familiar with this place?

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Old October 4th, 2014, 10:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Yes, I read about them in Ronald Lynn Wood's book "Moderne- Holy Grail of Vintage Guitars". I bought the book before I started my build. Still seems like more questions than answers though!
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