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1959 ES-335TD proto build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, May 3, 2011.

  1. anthony_z

    anthony_z NEW MEMBER!

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    Hi Gil, I have been reading this thread with great interest and appreciate all the work that you and Ken McKay put into it.

    You provided a picture above of your mortise cutting jig. I have a couple of questions regarding the mortise and tenon angle. Am I correct that that the mortise is cut to the plane of the neck? Second, how did you ensure that your mortise jig follows the plane of the neck? (From the pictures, it is hard to tell).

    Lastly, I understand that Ken McKay no longer sells laminated double cutaway tops/backs and sides. Do you or anyone know a good source to obtain these now?

    I appreciate you taking the time to read the above and respond.

    Regards,
    Anthony
     

  2. adamkavanagh

    adamkavanagh Tele-Holic

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    Preeb, I still love this thread. I wonder if you would be generous enough to share the file you used for the orange label?

    I have a 1972 335 that is missing the label.

    Thanks !
     

  3. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Thanks
     

  4. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Blonde. Of course (-;
     

  5. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Not new.. just a white elephant in my shop. I only use it to digitize tops of vintage guitars in order to duplicate templates...
    I do everything faster in the pin router (-;
     

  6. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Thank you!
     

  7. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Only for headstocks. I have a big mammoth drum sander for the massive jobs.
    Routers are more dangerous and I only use them when I have no choice (-;
     

  8. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Thank you!
    Things can get tricky only once.. once solved it's easy (-;
     

  9. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    It's a Ridgid. Got a couple of those in the U.S.
     

  10. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Yes. Follows the board plain.
    Things have changed a lot since this thread has been posted. I use a pin router jig that holds the body in the correct fixed angle. One angle for an early 5 (low ABR-1) and another for a 59-60.
     

  11. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Here.. but I'm not sure this will work for your Giby (-;
     

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  12. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Since this thread appears to still be alive.. Here's a few more recent 335's

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  13. Felipe

    Felipe TDPRI Member

    This. Can I have it? :eek:
     

  14. Felipe

    Felipe TDPRI Member

    Seriously speaking now, the "time machine" work that a lot of builders and factories promise, is not delivered by anyone at this level, but by Gil.
    The amount of care and detail put in these builds is nothing short of spectacular, and definitely shows on the final result.
    It's funny how a lot is spent trying to compensate the fact that some details are left aside. Specially pickups. The fact the guitars are not built exactly they way they were leaves space for things like the aftermarket pickup frenzy, were a lot of makers are promising PAF sounding pickups on incorrect guitar frameworks. Meaning that you have to compensate on the pickups the fact you are missing very important small pieces of the sonic puzzle.

    Congrats Gil. I'm a huge fan of the dedication you put on your builds, on your work. And whoever had a chance to play on any of these guitars know what I mean. Like a friend who played mine, he said: yes, it takes only 5 seconds...;)
     

  15. adamkavanagh

    adamkavanagh Tele-Holic

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    you sir, are awesome. you're right that wont work for me haha.
    can you or someone frovide me with the dimentions of the sticker?
    PLEASE!
    THANKS!
     

  16. telemcCaster

    telemcCaster Tele-Holic

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    Dave emailed me with a question and I thought I would post the answer here too.
    He asked:
    I stumbled across your 335 build on the telecaster forum from a couple
    of years back. How did you go about protecting that gorgeous '59
    while taking a plaster cast of it? It never even crossed my mind
    before, but that is the most direct method of getting the contours
    right isnt it?


    I used the very thin plastic wrap that you stretch around packages. This is a very old method to copy an existing arching of a stringed instrument. Back in the 18C, before plastic, wax was probably used.
     

  17. telemcCaster

    telemcCaster Tele-Holic

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    Just for fun, here is a McKay version using my own shape and some different proportions.
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  18. supermario

    supermario NEW MEMBER!

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    Hey guys, great work to both of you. i have two quick question; did gibson (in 1950's) had only one press mold for both back and top? and did they use this top/back mold for ES330 too?
     

  19. adamkavanagh

    adamkavanagh Tele-Holic

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    please!
     

  20. Scooby Snax

    Scooby Snax Friend of Leo's

    Apr 26, 2009
    Toronto
    Ken,
    I like your shape. Kind of like a 33X and a Jazzmaster got busy at NAMM back in '58.
     

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