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Old June 13th, 2013, 05:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Buildup to the Build

Well, here we go. I'm having my first custom Telecaster built. Assembling the parts myself and will have a local guitar tech put it all together and set it up properly. I'm very excited. For those who care to follow along, I'll post pictures of the progress. Woo hoo!

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Old June 13th, 2013, 05:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Neck - Honduran Rosewood

The neck is solid Honduran rosewood with ebony (although it looks like rosewood) skunk stripe and dots - built by Ron at Mammoth Guitars in Southern California.

It's a C shape with a 14 radius. Thickness is .830 at the first fret and .870 at the twefth. It's a 25 1/2 inch scale with 21 medium frets that have been leveled, crowned and polished. The nut slot is 1 11/16". The heel is 2 3/16". Tuner holes are 3/8". It has a two-way adjustable truss rod at the heel. The neck and fretboard are finished with Tru-Oil.














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Old June 13th, 2013, 06:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Pickups - Seymour Duncan

Going with the Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz humbucker in the neck and the Seymour Duncan APTL-3JD Jerry Donahue single coil in the bridge.









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Old June 13th, 2013, 06:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Body - Solid Mahogany with Walnut Top

The body of solid African Mahogany with an American Black Walnut top is being built by Jeff at Peachstate Guitar in Georgia.

Here are some pictures of his router with another body on it.
















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Old June 13th, 2013, 06:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Bridge - Gotoh Modern Bridge for Tele

The bridge is a Gotoh Modern Bridge for Tele, with six brass saddles, finished in black.



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Old June 13th, 2013, 06:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Tuners - Grover Locking Mini Rotomatics

Tuners are Grover mini 6-in-line locking Rotomatics tuners finished in black.

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Old June 13th, 2013, 06:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Wiring - The Art of Tone

Going with CTS 500K pots with solid brass posts, CRL 3-position switch, .047 600v Sprague capacitor and vintage 22 awg stranded,tinned, braided, waxed cloth push-back wire - all bought from The Art of Tone.







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Old June 13th, 2013, 06:56 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Nut - Graph Tech Black Tusq

For the nut I have chosen Graph Tech's Black Tusq. I bought both the slotted nut for Fender (PT-5000-00) and the blank for Fender (PT-2200-00).











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Old June 13th, 2013, 08:11 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Looks wonderful even in the parts stage. Can't wait to see it assembled.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 01:08 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Accoutrements - Mahogany & Walnut

The accoutrements on the walnut top will be mahogany to match the guitar body. (Unless I change my mind and decide to match the rosewood neck).

The control plate is from Spaltking Guitars. The humbucker ring is from Joe Till Guitars. And the knobs are from Archipelago Glass. Hopefully the woods from different luthiers will match closely enough.











Below are the knobs I'll use if I decide to go all rosewood. But, rosewood control pates and humbucker rings are a little pricey for my tastes.






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Old June 16th, 2013, 07:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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usually when i see black hardware in a build i expect to see an ugly metalhead guitar. but all the wood treatments have me interested. i'll be watching this one!
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Old June 16th, 2013, 08:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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usually when i see black hardware in a build i expect to see an ugly metalhead guitar. but all the wood treatments have me interested. i'll be watching this one!
I get migraines that are triggered by quick bursts of concentrated light. So, sunlight reflecting off a chrome piece or a glossy surface can instantly bring my gig to a close, as I get a visual disturbance and can not see clearly. That is the reason for the black vs chrome hardware and the satin vs gloss finishes.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 09:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I too will keep an eye on this build. Love those rosewood control knobs
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Old June 16th, 2013, 09:44 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Old June 16th, 2013, 11:05 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I like the idea of going with the wooden hardware. Very cool. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out
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Old June 20th, 2013, 12:17 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Second Telecaster Build - a Maple Thinline

Well now.

So, I bought all this black hardware for this custom Telecaster build. Then I decided to use a wooden control plate, humbucker ring and control knobs instead.

I bought a 250k pot wiring kit. Then I decided to go with 500k pots instead.

I now have duplicate nuts, string trees, control switches, switch tips, strap locks, wiring, capacitors and output jacks.

And I have a left-over, single-coil bridge pickup from my Mexican Tele (which I dis-assembled and sold for parts to help fund this project).

In essence, I have the beginnings of a SECOND guitar build.

So, I'm also gonna build a Telecaster Thinline, too. Think I'll go Maple with this one. To that end I have bought a NOS Stewart-MacDonald Curly Maple neck from the 1990's. Here it is:


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That Rosewood is DARN Beautiful. Great taste!
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That Rosewood is DARN Beautiful. Great taste!
It sure is. The neck is actually not as red-looking as it shows in the photo. It's more a deeper brown - closer to walnut. Was made by Ron at Mammoth Guitars in Southern California.
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Old June 20th, 2013, 03:56 AM   #19 (permalink)
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How the Pickups Sound

These are the two pickups I'll be using in the Custom Telecaster:

Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Humbucker
Neck - Clean


Seymour Duncan APTL-3JD Jerry Donahue Lead for Telecaster
Bridge - Clean


These are the two pickups I'll likely be using in the Custom Thinline:


Seymour Duncan APH-1 Alnico II Pro Humbucker
Neck - Clean


Seymour Duncan APTL-1 Alnico II Pro Lead for Telecaster
Bridge - Clean


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Seymour Duncan STL-1B Vintage Lead for Broadcaster
Bridge - Clean



TELECASTER

NECK: SH-2N: Jazz Model Humbucker
Clear and articulate. The consummate neck humbucker.
Model: SH-2
DC Resistance: 7.72 k
Resonant Peak: 8 KHz
EQ: 9 / 3 / 5 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
Magnet: Alnico V Bar
Cable: Four Con.
Output: Moderate
Type: Humbucker

BRIDGE: APTL-3JD: Jerry Donahue Lead
Punchy and exceptionally well-balanced.
Model: APTL-3JD
DC Resistance: 7.8 k
Resonant Peak: 6.63 KHz
EQ: 7 / 5 / 5 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
Magnet: Alnico II Rods
Cable: Single Con. Cloth
Output: Moderate
Type: Single Coil

THINLINE

NECK: APH-1: Alnico II Pro Humbucker
The ultimate vintage blues humbucker.
Model: APH-1
DC Resistance: 7.6 k
Resonant Peak: 7.1 KHz
EQ: 8 / 4 / 7 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
Magnet: Alnico II Bar
Cable: Four Con.
Output: Moderate
Type: Humbucker

BRIDGE: APTL-1: Alnico II Pro Lead
Vintage output with more warmth.
Model: STL-1B
DC Resistance: 6.2 k
Resonant Peak: 8.5 KHz
EQ: 5 / 2 / 5 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
Magnet: Alnico II Rods
Cable: Single Con. Cloth
Output: Moderate
Type: Single Coil

BRIDGE: SLT-1B: Vintage Broadcaster Lead
More nasal Broadcaster Sound.
Model: STL-1B
DC Resistance: 7.6 k
Resonant Peak: 8.5 KHz
EQ: 8 / 7 / 3 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
Magnet: Alnico V Rods
Cable: Single Con. Cloth
Output: Moderate
Type: Single Coil

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APH-1N: Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Humbucker

APH-1N: Alnico II Pro Humbucker
THINLINE: African Mahogany Body / Figured Maple Top / Curly Maple Neck



NECK HUMBUCKER
The ultimate vintage blues humbucker.
For brighter toned instruments.
Works especially well with Maple fingerboards.
Works great with hollow and semi-hollow body guitars.

Model: APH-1
DC Resistance: 7.6 k
Resonant Peak: 7.1 KHz
EQ: 8 / 4 / 7 (Treb / Mid / Bass)
Magnet: Alnico II Bar
Cable: Four Con.
Output: Moderate
Type: Humbucker
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