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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Mat UK, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    That's what I tried, but where the veneer overlapped the sides of the headstock it split when clamped, so I'm trying to avoid the splitting... I'm probably over engineering this - but I figured this was a simple approach... especially if I do more of these veneers
     

  2. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    So the jig you're proposing would support the veneer piece completely on both sides, if I'm interpreting correctly?.

    I bent a piece of maple using the headstock as I described in my post above, and although ultimately, I did not like or use it, it bent just fine, with no splits where it overlapped the sides. Obviously, maple is not Ebony, so I guess the difference in hardness and brittleness would account for your experience.
     
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  3. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Yeah exactly,
    Yeah that's right, i guess for extra security - it also made me nervous clamping up a wet veneer sheet to the neck. Ebony does seem particularly brittle, but can't comment as I haven't tried other woods - of course it could be that my approach was cack handed!
     

  4. John Nicholas

    John Nicholas Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 26, 2014
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    This is so awesome!! Congratulations!!

    Funny side story, when I was first building, in my haste, the template was double-stick taped to the blank upside down So here I am with a Strat body with the tremolo route on the front of the body!!

    For a hot minute I considered filling the route and re-routing the body. Instead I choose to finish it as a lefty. When it was finished, I attempted to give it to a left handed guitar player friend, he refused. So on a lark I listed it on E-bay and it sold two days later!

    I accidentally sold my first guitar related project!!
     
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  5. richa

    richa Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    Washington
    If it works for challenging vaneers then it'll make a good trick to have up your sleeve. No headstock vaneer off limits!
     
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  6. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    For my 1,001st post here's a small introduction to my first commission!

    My pal sent me a photoshopped image of what he deemed his 'dream guitar' here it is:

    Dream_telecaster.jpg And this was his spec list:

    - Rosewood neck
    - Rosewood fingerboard
    - Stained ash body
    - Pearl inlays
    - White pickguard
    - Round string retainer
    - Humbucker neck
    - Single coil bridge
    - Bigsby B16

    From his requests and spec list, the first glaring problem is that tremolo:

    1. The B16 is difficult to pickup in the UK, no one seems to stock it
    2. I could import it from the States, but for a hefty £300+...
    3. Biggest problem, as far as I know, it's nigh on impossible to get it left handed!

    So the trem is a no go... this being a lefty will make it more of a challenge sourcing hardware!

    Everything else is ok... but I've had my own thoughts

    Here's my plan

    Screen Shot 2017-08-09 at 22.34.57.png

    Body Chambered Ash, Book-matched Rosewood top (3mm/1/8"), String through body
    Neck Maple, Rosewood fingerboard, 7.25inch radius, Strat headstock, Rosewood headstock veneer
    Finish Clear semi gloss
    Pickups 1 x Neck Humbucker 1 x Bridge single coil
    Hardware Nickle, Vintage ash tray style
    Electronics 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 way switch
    Pickguards and plates White/Ivory pick guard
    Other S3mm roundover, pearloid dot inlays, switch/knobs mounted through top

    There are still some details I need to work out, but that's a good start... Just need to source all the bits
     
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  7. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    More on that tremolo!

    I'm suggesting the B5 as a possible alternative - furthermore, I really think a Duesenberg diamond short tremolo would look the nuts, and it readily comes lefty. So i'm going to try and persuade him.

    Here's a question, does anyone have a decent vector of the B5? I've contacted Duesenberg to see if they would send over a diagram of there short length trem - but thus far it's been greeted with radio slience!

    Cheers!
     

  8. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    Excellent selection of alternate whammy unit! Plenty of other southpaw units out there.

    Personally, I think the B-16 is an outsized bling lump that makes the front of your guitar look like an auto wrecking yard that specializes in 1950's era chrome bumpers-but I am a biased old phart, heat do I know? I understand they apparently solve string height and bridge problems, but damn they're ugly. (In my opinion of course)

    I don't thinK I have a vector of a B5, but once I discover what that is, I will let you know if I have one, and you'll be welcome to it, cuz obviously I'm not using it.


    BTW, can you get the Doozie in left-handed version?
     
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  9. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK

  10. MM73

    MM73 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
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    Feb 24, 2015
    South Lyon, MI
    But I love 1950s era cars that drip with chrome!
     
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  11. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Headstock veneer press jiggimy finished :)

    Here's a couple of pics:

    Templates drawn, printed and stuck to some suitable MDF
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    Chopped out, radius sanded
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    End radius glued down
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    Holes drilled and jig assembled
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    Took stock of some veneer (and fret wire and side dots)
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    Veneer soaking for 30mins this time
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    Veneer clamped
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    And no creaking/cracking to report :) its now sat in the airing cupboard, ill unclamp tonight, maybe even glue it up!
     

  12. MM73

    MM73 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    44
    Feb 24, 2015
    South Lyon, MI
    I really like your wood floor.
    Or maybe you have a pristine looking work bench?

    Oh yeah, that jig-a-ma-thing for the veneer looks classy too!
    I respect anyone that can make a jig that looks that nice. The crap jigs that I make are from spare parts and tape laying around...and barely last long enough to complete the task at hand.
     
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  13. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Very kind words, thanks.

    We adopted the floor when we moved in - it generally looks pretty good, but whoever fit it did an embarrassing job. My partner says she doesn't like it... and I've been eyeing it up for a body, or two ever since!

    Ha, it really doesn't look that nice up close - My recent approach to jigs is to plan, draw, source and build... and hopefully it will do a good job and last. I still use some of my rushed jigs - if it works it works!
     
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  14. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Holic

    Age:
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    Jan 4, 2017
    Wales
    Can you fit a body or two under that floor... the usual place for a body is under the patio!
     
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  15. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Ha, brilliant. Once I pull the boards up I'll let you know how roomy it is under there!
     

  16. richa

    richa Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    Washington
    You just listed all it's best points! :eek:

    There is a certain morbid fascination to the thing.

    That should be fun.
     
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  17. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    I don't know if I'm overkilling it on the rosewood (no CITES pun intended...), but that's the look he's after - I may persuade him to think about a maple one-piece neck
     

  18. richa

    richa Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    Washington
    There's also pau ferro. It looks pretty good.
     

  19. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Veneer out of the clamps and a lovely curve to boot

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    Then after a fair bit of deliberation it was wrestled onto the headstock... I hate glueups!

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    Time to wait and see...
     

  20. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    Yes, that's a lefty, but the link wasn't a short one.


    To each his own!
     

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