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Acoustic build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by ModlrMike, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. ModlrMike

    ModlrMike TDPRI Member

    Aug 7, 2012
    I was helping my daughter learn a new song the other day when she commented that she couldn't form good barre chords because her hands are so small. I loaned her my tele, and she no longer had trouble. This got me to thinking that I could build her an acoustic tele style. As I see it, there are two basic approaches: standard guitar style, or hollowed out tele body.

    The main drawback to the standard approach is designing and constructing the forward section where the sides have some very tight curves. The main drawback to the hollowed body is the reduced resonance from the stiffer sides and back.

    I'm leaning toward the hollowed body because I can stick in a neck pickup and yet still give the guitar an acoustic feel. I could even throw in a piezo under the saddle.

    So, what's your take? Straight acoustic or hollowed body?

  2. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 22, 2010
    New Zealand
    In saying that you can stick in a neck pickup, are you envisioning a soundhole at all if you go with a hollowed body? If not, you'll simply have a lightweight "solid" electric guitar that will bear little resemblance to any kind of acoustic characteristic. If you do decide on a soundhole, with a hollowed construction, it will not as you say have anywhere near the resonance of a standard acoustic construction.

  3. Bentley

    Bentley Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2012
    Kelowna B.C, Canada
    Check out the hack build thread. Seems a lot like what you're trying to do, if you go acoustic.

  4. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia have great kits and I'm thinking the little 00- kit might work. I built a dreadnought from a kit of theirs and it was highly successful. They even gave me 2 new blocks and sides when the body came out at 21" -their service is Excellent. You only have to buy tuners and good strings. They also have a technical service to advise you on neck width ( you may also want to shave the back contour yourself).
    P.S. I am in no way commercially affiliated to anyone, even though I have strong preferences to some firms/products.
    You could also try Ebay for a Fender acoustasonic. Not great guitars but may satisfy your/her immediate needs. JMHO.

  5. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    Another option that might be interesting would be a six string cigar box influenced guitar with a slender neck. You would have an easier time constructing a braced rectangle shaped body, and could either run a bolt-on or neck-through style quite easily. If you have the skills, you could even make it a short scale to further accommodate her smaller hands. It wouldn't cost as much as some other items, but gives some pretty spectacular sounds if executed well. Then let her decorate it to her tastes. It would be a nice father/daughter project, and create some fine memories for both of you.

  6. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    Amen! Would be a good job with one of those mini-strat necks. I had one, it was very good (they are made all over) and I hated I needed the money. But the neck was the only thing I couldn't abide and was gonna make a new one. The width was fine, but it was just too thin for my hands. At a 22.75 scale and that thin, it would make a perfect 6-string CBG for a little one ;)

  7. Clinchriver

    Clinchriver Tele-Meister

    Apr 28, 2012
    Andersonville, TN
    Most barre chords have easy work arounds, especially on an acoustic.
    Or build her a nice Size O with a thin neck. Mine has been strung up for a couple of weeks its exceeded all my expectations.:cool:

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  8. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    A lot of lessons learned in that one, should compile a 'I wish I would have done it this way' list. I am in the finishing touches of it (Is anything ever really finished around my house?) and hopefully I should have a sound clip. From the indications up to now I would say it beat my expectations.

    It would have been better if I knew about this thread first, same idea and came out great.

    The six string cigar box guitar is also a good idea. Originally that is what my guitar was to be and if I did not see all the hollowbody Tele's around here that is the way I would have gone. I made a three string and was going to make a 6-string. See Rich's build, that other wheelbarow handle must be somewhere.

    Then there are the lighter cigar boxes like the one I made mine with. Surprisingly nice sounding but given six strings I would guess the top would need some bracing.

  9. ModlrMike

    ModlrMike TDPRI Member

    Aug 7, 2012

  10. henderson is go

    henderson is go Tele-Holic

    Jun 10, 2011
    New York
    Great looking work, Greg! I didn't realize you had finished that one up yet.

  11. Moldy Oldy

    Moldy Oldy Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

    Jun 25, 2012
    Mission Viejo, CA
    I would never try to talk someone out of building another's guitar. But have you done a good setup on the one she has? I had an old acoustic banging around for years that never played very well. When my son decided to take up guitar I gave it to him. After watching him struggle with it for awhile we decided to file the string slots in the nut. We didn't lower them much, but it totally transformed that guitar. It's a joy to play now.

  12. ModlrMike

    ModlrMike TDPRI Member

    Aug 7, 2012
    I don't think it's the setup so much as a very chunky neck profile. It's something of a stretch even for me.

  13. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 19, 2010
    Do you mean something like the Telecoustic?


  14. KeithJ

    KeithJ Tele-Meister

    Jul 27, 2012
    Just about every luthier I know that makes acoustics agrees that the sides should be as rigid as possible. There is much debate in the acoustic world about the back being rigid VS. being springy. If you feel more comfortable doing a hollowed out body, go that route. Making and bracing a standard acoustic style top for it will be fairly straightforward and easy. Either way you go, have fun with it.

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