The Number 1 Fender Telecaster Guitar authority in the world.
   

Go Back   Telecaster Guitar Forum > The DIY Channel > Tele Home Depot
Forgot Username/Password? Join Us!
Notices

Tele Home Depot Building a T-Style guitar? From scratch or from parts. This is the forum for you.


Wilde Pickups by Bill & Becky Lawrence WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Amps, Mods, Pedals dallenpickups.com Warmoth.com seymourduncan.com

Forum Jump


Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old February 8th, 2013, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Ceti Alpha VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Madison, Indiana
Age: 34
Posts: 12
My First Build(Kinda)

This is practically my first post because I've only posted in the Welcome Wagon. So I have a little travel guitar kit that I've been off and on working on for years, but I wanted to build an electric from scratch. Between working full time and going to college nearly full time and preparing to get married later this year, I don't have much time. This is going to be a slooooooow build. My goal, if this works well is to build a tele. I've had the shape for this guitar stuck in my head for well over a year, and I wanted to use it as my first build. The measurements are going to be based off of an SG.

First of all, the body is going to be poplar. I got a large piece, cut it and did a glue up/clamp to make a 1.5 inch body, the same measurement I took off of my SG's.(the body is going to be painted so grain and color don't matter as much to me here)


Second, I drew out the shape I wanted on the body blank itself. I couldn't wait to get it fleshed out so I didn't make a template beforehand for the overall shape.


Here's another picture of the shape drawn out and I picked up a 1/4" thick sheet of purpleheart for the fretboard. I played around on the spare section of poplar with the rasp some because I plan on doing a bevel around the entire body, at least on the top. I'll be using black hardware as well, and I ordered some cheap stuff, but not all of it came so the shipper is sending me the rest of the inserts now.


Here I have done just a part of the pickup routing(I know I have more to go on it) and I picked up a piece of mahogany for the neck. The headstock shape is going to mimic the shape of the body but mirrored away. At this point I'm trying to decide one or two pickups. I may just do one bridge pickup. I plan on gluing the neck also.


This is over a months worth of work, working an hour or so here and there around my busy schedule. It could be a while before I post more pictures, but I'll update as I have time to build. I hope it goes smoothly because this is inspiring me to do do a tele build.

Ceti Alpha VI is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 8th, 2013, 01:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
2014 BUILD CHALLENGER
Friend of Leo's
 
Bentley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Kelowna B.C, Canada
Age: 16
Posts: 3,949
Mahogany, purple heart, and poplar.. Interesting combo..
__________________
"Johnny says he's bound
By only six strings to this world"
Bentley is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 9th, 2013, 12:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Ceti Alpha VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Madison, Indiana
Age: 34
Posts: 12
Yep, it may end up sounding terrible but I only have like $40 or so invested so far if things don't work out.
Ceti Alpha VI is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links   #
Sponsored posting
 

Old February 9th, 2013, 01:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
2014 BUILD CHALLENGER
Friend of Leo's
 
Bentley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Kelowna B.C, Canada
Age: 16
Posts: 3,949
Nah, electronics are what matter, imo. Not wood.
__________________
"Johnny says he's bound
By only six strings to this world"
Bentley is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 9th, 2013, 02:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
Poster Extraordinaire
 
crazydave911's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: East Tennessee
Age: 54
Posts: 7,420
Welcome to the Forum!

I really like the design, I like poplar and single pup guitars. The tail looks a little long, but then again with the bevels in place that will help that optical illusion. I have only one suggestion and it's worth what I'm charging for it . You might want to make the neck a bolt-on, and just put a wash coat of shellac on the body at first. This would allow you to assemble it, play it, and see if you like the single pup layout. If you want to add a second one, then you only need to disassemble and rout it................plus the shellac works well as a primer so you haven't wasted your time
__________________
"No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, however some electrons were temporarily inconvenienced."

My Facebook
crazydave911 is online now   Reply With Quote

Old February 9th, 2013, 07:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Ceti Alpha VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Madison, Indiana
Age: 34
Posts: 12
I really like those ideas crazydave. I think I'll do that, Thanks!
Ceti Alpha VI is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 9th, 2013, 07:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
Poster Extraordinaire
 
R. Stratenstein's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Loganville, Ga.
Posts: 6,129
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ceti Alpha VI View Post
I really like those ideas crazydave. I think I'll do that, Thanks!
Let me add my welcome, Ceti Alpha.

Among other things, CrazyDave is a welcome ambassador here, as well as guru of good ideas. He's crazy like a fox.

I'm looking forward to seeing the body take shape, and of course, purpleheart fretboard. Cool build in the works, and you are a very busy guy!!
__________________
--Rick
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.--Robert Benchley
R. Stratenstein is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 13th, 2013, 11:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Ceti Alpha VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Madison, Indiana
Age: 34
Posts: 12
So I had a touch of a break tonight and got back out to the garage. I learned a few things, but this is a learning process for me to build up to a nicer build(or at least something that ends up looking better!)

I took my chisel in hand for the first time(learning project, remember lol) and knocked out around the screw areas on the pickups and test fitted a ring and an old pickup I had laying around. It went very smooth.





Then I took to the jigsaw and cut out the body. It didn't go horribly but I learned that either I'm going to have to get a bandsaw, or go over to my dad's and use his, or buy a better jigsaw if I want 90 degree cuts around the edges. I have a lot of touch up to do here, but I think it turned out okay for my first attempt.



I know I'm roughing up the body a lot, but I'll sand it and make it look better closer to the end.

Let me know what you all think. I'm itching to do a tele, and starting to plan out ideas in my head. I'm constantly looking for wood, everywhere I go to get ideas also. As for this project, I'm starting to think of truss rod options for future stages.
Ceti Alpha VI is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 13th, 2013, 11:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
Tele-Holic
 
fluid69's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: usa
Posts: 756
I dig it. The shape is cool, its different, like a bo diddley or cigar box guitar. Id move the tail stop closer to the bridge. Stew mac has a fret calculator and will tell you where to place your bridge for your scale.

http://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator

"If you want rules, read the IRS tax code. If you want to build guitars, make some sawdust." -Colt W. Knight
__________________
"i love lady gaga but she has weird clothing" - LOLA
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/b...ild/twang2.jpg
fluid69 is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 14th, 2013, 12:04 AM   #10 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Ceti Alpha VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Madison, Indiana
Age: 34
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by fluid69 View Post
I dig it. The shape is cool, its different, like a bo diddley or cigar box guitar. Id move the tail stop closer to the bridge. Stew mac has a fret calculator and will tell you where to place your bridge for your scale.

http://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator

"If you want rules, read the IRS tax code. If you want to build guitars, make some sawdust." -Colt W. Knight
Definitely. I'm not going to mount any of the string hardware until I have the neck fit to the body so I can make all of the measurements. I just kind of threw them up there for the picture kind of close to where they are going to go. I'll definitely make use of the fret calculator you linked. My dad has all of the stuff I need for fretting it also, so I'll be going over there or borrowing to bring back here. He makes F style mandolins so he has a lot of the special tools I'll need later on. Thanks!
Ceti Alpha VI is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 14th, 2013, 12:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
Tele-Holic
 
I_build_my_own's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 820
since you haven't routed the neck pocket yet. I'd double check the bridge location relative to the bridge pick up. It looks very close in post 8. might want to think about if there enough wood to hold the bridge post and what tonal effect this close distance will have. i also concur with fluid - the tail piece looks bit far away from the bridge. unless you have a huge neck angle and a very high bridge you might have a very low breaking angle for the strings.
I_build_my_own is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 14th, 2013, 12:16 AM   #12 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Ceti Alpha VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Madison, Indiana
Age: 34
Posts: 12
I'll be verifying and mounting all of the string hardware after I have and idea of how the neck is going to set in the body. I'm not going to drill anything before then. It was a little close when I sat them on the body for the picture. Thanks!
Ceti Alpha VI is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 14th, 2013, 01:55 AM   #13 (permalink)
Poster Extraordinaire
 
crazydave911's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: East Tennessee
Age: 54
Posts: 7,420
Looking good there Ceti (killer Star Trek reference BTW ). Using a jigsaw, in the future you might want to cut a little outside of you line in case of a mess up..............You gonna cut your bevels now? Also, just curious as to what fretscale your going to use...............inquiring minds and all
__________________
"No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, however some electrons were temporarily inconvenienced."

My Facebook
crazydave911 is online now   Reply With Quote

Old February 14th, 2013, 07:55 AM   #14 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Ceti Alpha VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Madison, Indiana
Age: 34
Posts: 12
I'm going to match an SG on the scale. I haven't looked it up yet though. 24 in maybe? I need to research that still. I really should have cut out from my lines some. I'm going to lose a touch of the body to sanding now. As far as the bevel, I am trying to decide between rasping or sanding the sides and routing with a 45 degree bit. Any suggestions?
Ceti Alpha VI is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 14th, 2013, 09:32 PM   #15 (permalink)
Poster Extraordinaire
 
crazydave911's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: East Tennessee
Age: 54
Posts: 7,420
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ceti Alpha VI View Post
I'm going to match an SG on the scale. I haven't looked it up yet though. 24 in maybe? I need to research that still. I really should have cut out from my lines some. I'm going to lose a touch of the body to sanding now. As far as the bevel, I am trying to decide between rasping or sanding the sides and routing with a 45 degree bit. Any suggestions?
First, the scale on an SG (in general) is 24 3/4". This gives it the feel SGs and Les Pauls are know for. If your going for a Fender kind of feel, you'd want a 25 1/2" scale. When I don't know what I want, I split the difference with a 25" scale used by PRS, National and Danelectro. Single coils and humbuckers both sound good here..............as do acoustics
As far as the carve, I'd probably use a saw and make notches as guides (like doing a belly cut) because rasps are pretty much my only option. If I had a portable belt sander however I'd likely use it, just to get the rough material off first then go to a rasp..................it's be much faster . Depends a lot on your skills and experience though. If you've never done any of this, I advise by hand only. You don't get in trouble as fast that way
__________________
"No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, however some electrons were temporarily inconvenienced."

My Facebook
crazydave911 is online now   Reply With Quote

Old February 14th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
Tele-Meister
 
Jim Beam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New Mexico
Age: 52
Posts: 192
Quote:
Originally Posted by crazydave911 View Post
You don't get in trouble as fast that way
Doesn't mean you still can't get into trouble. Don't ask me how I know.....
__________________
I ride with tools
Jim Beam is online now   Reply With Quote

Old February 15th, 2013, 12:28 AM   #17 (permalink)
TDPRI Member
 
Ceti Alpha VI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Madison, Indiana
Age: 34
Posts: 12
My router finger got itchy so I routed the bevel, but not before I built a quick router table lol. Didn't turn out bad, but I got some tear-out really bad in one spot on the back. I hope to post a picture or two by the end of the weekend. I like the way the bevel turned out so far. I kind of want an SG feel on this one, but the next build is going to be a tele, so I want a tele feel on that one.
Ceti Alpha VI is offline   Reply With Quote

Old February 15th, 2013, 12:47 AM   #18 (permalink)
Poster Extraordinaire
 
crazydave911's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: East Tennessee
Age: 54
Posts: 7,420
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Beam View Post
Doesn't mean you still can't get into trouble. Don't ask me how I know.....
Guilty as charged myself
__________________
"No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, however some electrons were temporarily inconvenienced."

My Facebook
crazydave911 is online now   Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump




IMPORTANT:Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult! No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2
© TDPRI.COM 1999 - 2014 All rights reserved.