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A T-style Guitar Which Will be Partially Hollow Inside

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by BC-Rush, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    I played a pretty sweet ASAT Special semi-hollow at the Sam Ash in Philadelphia while I was away on a work trip. Kicking myself for not taking it home with me, but I'm gonna try to make my own version of a thinline.

    Here's where I'm at:
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    That's the top and back, it's birch. Using pine as the core.

    Here's part of the core I got hollowed out: IMG_20180109_183514389.jpg

    For the core I didn't feel like dulling my router bits, so I just drilled a hole and used my jigsaw to cut out some holes. They're 5/8" on the edges, center block is 5" wide because I read that somewhere once and wrote it down.

    I'm using two pieces of pine, will do the same to the other piece later on since it's about time for supper.



    The G&L I played also had some kind of P90 lookin' pickups in it. I liked the neck position pickup, but the bridge just didn't do it for me. I might hook up a humbucker, but it's too early to say. Still don't even know what kind of bridge I'll be using. I'll probably just slap on a hardtail and call it good.

    As for the neck I'll probably just order an el-cheapo and file down the nut some like I normally do. Seems to work.
     
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  2. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Off to a good start.

    Most folks around here are pretty big fans of P-90's in the neck position. Some, like me, like 'em anywhere on the guitar! :cool: Or you could use a wide range humbucker at the bridge, always a good choice for a Thinline.
     

  3. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 20, 2013
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    Cool, and Im seeing some red tortoise on the bench Whats your colors going to be?
     
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  4. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    Well I'm thinking a natural finish, might go with a blonde tone stain, still deciding if I'm gonna go sanding sealer and lacquer or Tru oil. I think tortoise shell would look pretty nice on it.
     
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  5. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Don't forget that if you have two single coil pickups you are only a 4-way switch from having a humbucker ;)

    I am playing a humbucker Esquire a lot lately that I split both coils to a 4-way and adjusted screw poles high with the pickup low to separate tones more and it fakes a good neck and bridge single coil 'set' (with some picking location changes) plus gives a native humbucker tone.

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  6. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    That is interesting, I'm not much for wiring, but I'm intrigued!
     
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  7. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    Alright, it got cold fast and snowed a good bit yesterday & last night. Roads were so bad I couldn't make it to work today. Was on a job vacuuming water out of fuel tanks at a flooded power plant. Flooding was due to a huge amount of water to put out a fire in one of the stacks. On top of that, a spurt of warm weather melted all the snow in the area. On top of that, it rained heavily. That place is bad luck. Anyhow, since I took today off due to bad snow covered roads, I decided to do a bit of work on this hopeful guitar! Here's where I'm at in my quick and dirty methods. I mean it's straight up nasty. I meeeaaaaannnnn:

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    I don't even screw my template to the wood. I use double sided mounting tape, it works great! I don't even use a thinline template since I'm too cheap; I have no idea where I'm going to position the F-hole. I'm not even going to use a thinline lookin' pickguard, I'm just going to use a normal Tele pickguard and cut out the pickup hole for whatever sort of pickup I decide to order. Such a renegade.

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    And there's the jigsawed piece from the other day routed out. Now I need to do the same to the other piece of pine wood. Look, I've already got the holes drilled out so I can fit my jigsaw in!

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    And in the time it took to upload that picture, I got half of it cut out already...

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    And wouldn't you know it, I got the other side cut out too while waiting for the picture above to load.

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    I work faster than my network!

    Next steps will be to glue this piece to the previous piece, flush trim, then glue up the back piece and flush trim, then decide what to do with the top and route the neck pocket.
     
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  8. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    Alright, I got the core pieces glued together

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    I then flush trimmed the outside edges, and then glued on the birchwood back (or top if you're a lefty!).
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    I still can't decide on how to finish the wood. I'm most likely going to paint the sides as this pine is low grade and will need a good bit of filler. I think I'm done using cheap wood as I've made several guitars and feel more confident in body making.

    As far as necks go, I've only had two turn out successfully. I don't have a template for making a neck, but that will be a purchase in the near future. But I'm still going to use a purchased neck for this project.
     
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  9. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    Don't use a conventional thinline pickguard! Consider doing a Rickenbacker-style cat's eye "f" hole and a standard Tele profile pickguard. That would look UNIQUE. Lots of excellent necks available....I really like my Warmoth. GREAT project....can't wait to see the finished guitar. Thanks for sharing!
     
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  10. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    I do like the cat's eye style, I hadn't considered anything other than the standard F shape. I'm looking at different semihollow guitars online now looking for more ideas!
     
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  11. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    Update on parts ordered: decided to go with humbucker sized P90s (black) and a bridge with a humbucker sized hole in it.

    Unfortunately I haven't been able to do much work the past several days due to being stuck in bed, sick.

    I wonder how ridiculous a crescent moon shaped F hole would look?
     

  12. MrHamburger

    MrHamburger Tele-Meister

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    No hole? Circle hole with a flattened cheese grater screwed to it?
     
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  13. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    Purely out of curiosity..how thick should each piece be? This seems like another project for the future.
     

  14. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    The total thickness of this body will be nearly 2 inches. For the core I'm using two pieces of 3/4" pine (1 1/2") along with 3/16" birch for the top and back (brings total thickness to 1 7/8").
    My original plan was to only have a birch top, and hog out the pine. Obviously I went a different route with this project for a few reasons, mainly to avoid router tear-out (had a bit of tear-out when routing the profile using a template, which is why I'm going to have to paint the sides), but also just to see how this method of a separate top and back would work.
     

  15. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    so the g
    So the body will be made of 4 boards. that's awesome and sounds like something that I can do with just a few tools( jigsaw, sharp chisel, few files and a chisel...).. Is the neck going to be a normal one or is the neck on a thinline in anyway different?
    (been a lespaul guy all my life till my wife very recently gave me a tele kit)
     

  16. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    Yes, this will use just a normal neck.
     

  17. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    this is almost too good to be true. Now I need to find a thick board of pine and two with nice patterns... This forum isn't good for my guitar gas... I already have a body I'm planning to mod the heck out of, one I've already carved a couple of contours and now with your idea.. gotsta do it... Oh well... Something else to live for.. Wonderful world this we live in..

    Thank you and I'll be paying close attention to this build..

    Could one use one of those boards that one finds in a department store(made of several little riga ones) for this purpose?
     
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  18. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

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    @ BC-Rush - great looking build dude. I love the look of that birch. Can't wait to see the finished article. Your work methods here are very similar to a lot of mine - rough and ready! :p Comes out great though.

    I've done several builds this way - using different pieces for body shapes, then adding tops and backs. I won't clutter BC's thread with pictures, but will post a link when I finally get around to putting up a build(s) thread. It'll be in Tele Home Depot anyway.
     
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  19. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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    Continue the great work!
     
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  20. BC-Rush

    BC-Rush Tele-Meister

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    Yes, you can definitely use wood from a store to make a body like this.

    Thanks for the kind words! Yeah, I definitely would like to see that link, I'm always trying to learn new methods of doing things!
     

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