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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings from the north

Hello folks.
I live far in the north in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and for years I have had a dream of making an electric guitar. Of course I have been in love of the Telecaster since I first saw it. There is something absolutely perfect how the oval outlines contrast the straight, geometric lines of the strings and the pickguard and control plate. A perfect fit, exellent balance. Not to mention the tone - it gets under your skin.

Two years ago, after years of classical guitarplaying, I purchased a Godin Freeway Classic, in fact an excellent instrument but now Id like to add a Telecaster to my small collection and of course build it myself entirely. Ive read Melvyn Hiscocks great book on electrical guitar making thorougly and I look at the project as a long journey, where I need to take care in every step, because it is very important to focus on the work, every detail matters; "The devil is in the details". Since I am an artist I think it helps to approach the guitarmaking just like my paintings.

This forum is terrific (Ive been browsing here for a month or so), professional guitarmakers are sharing their work and knowledge. Everybody seem to be very enthusiastic and friendly. No arrogance here, just humble respect.

So. Ive started my work, I bought wood (alder) cut it down, laminated, thickness planed, made a jig of MDF from the famous drawing of Mr. T. Downs. Ill cut the contours soon and hopefully Ill finish the project within a year. The neck, though, is the most complicated part and I fear it a little. If I screw it up I can always buy one.

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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hello Mr. Tortoise...welcome ..sounds like your on the way to Tele heaven...I'll bet you'll be using one of these on your build....

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Old December 19th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the TDPRI, MrTortoise! Yet another Telecaster fan - nice to have you among us.

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Welcome to the forum. Reading about all these builds here makes me want to try it too. Definitely a rich source of info for building, and playing, too.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 06:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hello up there in Iceland from another 46 year old a bit south of you in Scotland. I'm interested in how you'll be playing your Tele once it's built.

Are you going to use a plectrum (a pick) or play with your fingers? I notice you've mentioned a classical background.

I switched to fingers only on my Tele a few months back.
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Old March 15th, 2013, 07:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Late welcome!
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Old March 15th, 2013, 06:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum !!
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