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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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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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DANG that's nice!!
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Great job!
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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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