Ah, the first post thing....

Discussion in 'Welcome Wagon' started by Jim_in_PA, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Tele-Meister

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    Hello to all. I'm a new member of this forum and found it in conjunction with my decision to try a little guitar building for personal enrichment. For a lot of reasons, I've chosen to spend my time with the Telecaster type designs as I learn the guitar building ropes...the design is straight forward without getting involved in the "more complicated" neck angles, is adaptable to a wide variety of pickup setups and is a bit different than what I own now.

    I'm recently retired from full time work in the telecom industry and formalized my decades long woodworking avocation into a part-time retirement business which is primarily commission work for furniture, cabinetry, equestrian storage and signs. I also do subcontract work for a local chair-maker. Musically, I'm a keyboard player since about age 6, but it's been a very, very long time since I played for money...which ironically entailed playing bass for a couple of summers "because somebody had to do it" and learning enough guitar (and quickly) a few years later to "play second fiddle" on covers that required two guitars. Much to my surprise, that worked ok and I enjoyed it. I happen to own a vintage Kramer 6-string, electric with the aluminum horseshoe neck ... I traded a Fender Rhodes piano that weighed about "fourteen tons" for it in the mid-1980s. Trust me, the Kramer guitar is unbelievably heavy, too. :)

    Which brings me to the present...building some guitars when I'm not doing commission work that hopefully look and sound nice. I have the tools (including CNC) and the craftsmanship to do the fabrication and finishing and have some design ideas that I want to explore once I get a basic instrument built and setup. Thankfully, I also have a good friend who has outstanding guitar skills to help with finessing the setup and testing...my playing skills are unfortunately rudimentary. Our parrots make more pleasing noises.:lol: I'm already enjoying a lot of content posted in this forum and anticipate more learning over time. I'll probably have some stupid questions, too...go easy, please. :D
     
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  2. FrankJames

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    Welcome to the forum !!
     
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    Another 'welcome' here.
     
  7. mefgames

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    Welcome to Thee place, not just for Tele's, but for info on all kinds of things including building guitars. Never be afraid to ask a "stupid" question. Just don't be upset if you get a stupid answer. Just weed out the bad and learn from the good !!
     
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    Welcome aboard!
     
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    Worst first post ever. Git lost.
     
  11. intensely calm

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    Welcome Jim!
    I'm new-ish here too.

    Looking forward to seeing build posts, and honestly the only stupid questions are the ones we don't ask.
    If you have a question, it's likely a hundred others have the same question.

    So, when is the first build thread?
    Don't hold back!

    As for your parrots - well, I have a dog.
    When I play guitar he gets a weird look on his face and needs to get outside to pee.
    So much for man's best friend.
     
  12. Jim_in_PA

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    Thanks, folks. You, too, hemingway. :) Stringbanger, thanks for the link to the PA consortium.

    Intensely', I should probably be starting a build thread soon...I'm about done with faddling with test pieces for various things and am ready to work on the "real deal". While I know so many do their builds pretty much cutting by hand, part of this exercise for me is the CNC side and some additional skill building there...like using a teeny-tiny .022" endmill without breaking it...

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    Hi Jim, nice to have you onboard. Looking forward to hearing about your builds.
     
  14. Stringbanger

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    Just curious...what does your post mean?
     
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    Welcome. Looking forward to the builds.
     
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    It's my way of saying welcome, I hope your build goes well.

    Now git lost.
     
  17. Jim_in_PA

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    I will probably truly "be lost" at some point or another. LOL (love that headless in your Avatar, hemingway...I always found that form to be pleasing to the eye as it's so different from most instruments)
     
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    Welcome from Philly
     
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    Thanks, Jim. 20 years ago, I was living just north of you in Bensalem.
     
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  20. RoyBGood

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    I thought that too. :rolleyes:

    And the same thought went out to his reply.
     
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