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Old December 30th, 2013, 05:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Third build - Telecaster "Tree of life"

Ok, Christmas is over, and it is time to get started on the third build now. A Telecaster that I will donate to charity when complete. I have a specific charity in mind, but more about that later. The name of this Tele is related to the charity...

The build itself it more or less a parts caster. The body, I found on ebay. It is dark alder.

The neck, I will build from scracth. Not 100% what kind of wood I will use, but I do have some mahogany, some walnut and oak. So I will see what I can figure out. I also have an idea for a headstuck that I will try out.
I do have a fingerboard - birds eye maple - with a tree on. I think I will use that here.

The pickups and so on, I will "steal" from an Harley Benton Tele I have.

The finish, I am not sure about. The body, does look really nice, with the mat look. But I also want to protect it, so maybe some normal oil?
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Old December 30th, 2013, 08:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Go with Figured Walnut.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 08:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That body looks impressive, are you going to continue the tree of life theme with inlays in that style?
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Go with Figured Walnut.
The walnut I have, is solid flooring. But I will have a look at it, when I get home :) It would be sweet to use that.

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That body looks impressive, are you going to continue the tree of life theme with inlays in that style?
I totally agree. That body is sweet, and yes, I am continuing the theme with the tree on the fingerboard inlay. The idea I have for the headstuck is to design something that also continues this theme. But I will have to put it into paper first.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 08:58 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Who did the carving? If it was you, can you show us your techniques?
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Old December 30th, 2013, 09:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Who did the carving? If it was you, can you show us your techniques?
I cant take credit for that. Dont have that kind of skills - yet ;)

I am not sure who did the carving, but I can ask the seller on ebay.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 09:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I've seen those carved bodies on ebay, I think they come from Poland and they are really cheap. If they are your cup of tea they are a bargain.
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I've seen those carved bodies on ebay, I think they come from Poland and they are really cheap. If they are your cup of tea they are a bargain.
The seller is from Poland yes. I just checked, and asked him about it.
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Old December 30th, 2013, 12:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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A wooden pickguard would look fine and in line with the chosen theme
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A wooden pickguard would look fine and in line with the chosen theme
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^^Agree. The white pickguard/scratchplate looks a little jarring and un-woodsy--if you can get black plastic or wood, much better look, IMO.

Thumbs up on oil finish, too!
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^^Agree. The white pickguard/scratchplate looks a little jarring and un-woodsy--if you can get black plastic or wood, much better look, IMO.

Thumbs up on oil finish, too!
I actually totally agree. :) I am however not sure about which one to order.

I am also not 100% sold on the birds eye maple fingerboard, because I am thinking going all dark wood.
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The walnut I have, is solid flooring. But I will have a look at it, when I get home :) It would be sweet to use that.
I'm using walnut flooring right now.. I found the maximum thickness to be about 0.6" Could be different with yours.
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Just checked the walnut. The thinnest place is 0,52". So it is a bit thin, I think :) But I will have a closer look, when I start to make the neck itself. The walnut itself, is actually really cool. I like it a lot :) It would be tough to route out a slot for the truss rod, but I think it will do :)
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I actually totally agree. :) I am however not sure about which one to order.

I am also not 100% sold on the birds eye maple fingerboard, because I am thinking going all dark wood.
I feel like a rosewood pickguard would look good. Or maybe a maple one if you go with the maple fretboard.
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Lisa, I actually agree with you 100% on the rosewood. It is something I am looking into right now. Since I am not doing anything to the body, I am thinking about trying my hands on making the inlay myself. It would be a huge project, but it would be cool to do :) The only detail is, that I have epoxy allergy, so I am not sure what the inlay should be made of. I guess I still could try epoxy, but am also thinking sawdust glued into the fingerboard. I think that would work as well.

By the way, the guy I bought the body from, has a new body for sale. I like this one as well, but I have my projects for 2014 already, so for now, I dont need it :)

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Hi, Mbechmann bought the body from me.:) If you wont to, I can put some photos of our bodys here or on mail(please send me in private message). We are making telecaster, jazzmaster, stratocaster, jaguar, p-bass bodys, which cost between 60-80 pounds for one body.

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Hi, Mbechmann bought the body from me.:) If you wont to, I can put some photos of our bodys here or on mail(please send me in private message). We are making telecaster, jazzmaster, stratocaster, jaguar, p-bass bodys, which cost between 60-80 pounds for one body.

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Perfect. I am glad you got in here :) And I do know, that I will buy more from you guys, at some point. The quality is awesome.

As for the bodies. Can you repeat the reply you gave me, about who made the carving? Several people have been looking for that :)
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Lisa, I actually agree with you 100% on the rosewood. It is something I am looking into right now. Since I am not doing anything to the body, I am thinking about trying my hands on making the inlay myself. It would be a huge project, but it would be cool to do :) The only detail is, that I have epoxy allergy, so I am not sure what the inlay should be made of. I guess I still could try epoxy, but am also thinking sawdust glued into the fingerboard. I think that would work as well.
I don't think you need to use epoxy. You can probably go with superglue or something to glue the inlay in. Are you thinking of doing the route and just filling it with something instead of cutting out an inlay? If you want it to be greenish like leaves, maybe you can get some crushed inlay material (turquoise, stone, etc). There are some websites where you can buy a jar of that stuff.
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I don't think you need to use epoxy. You can probably go with superglue or something to glue the inlay in. Are you thinking of doing the route and just filling it with something instead of cutting out an inlay? If you want it to be greenish like leaves, maybe you can get some crushed inlay material (turquoise, stone, etc). There are some websites where you can buy a jar of that stuff.
One of our demonstrators at a Wood Turners meeting used a Goodwill purchased ($5) coffee grinder to crush turquoise, and malachite for mix with epoxy or superglue for inlays. Also some folks go to the local HD or Ace hardware store and ask them to save the brass filings from the key making machines.
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Very nice body and finish .. and I agree ... A light maple neck would look wrong somehow
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