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B-day present for my wife

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by mjr428, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Bought some very thin aluminium today to experiment with...
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    I cut it out with some tin snips and filed it to shape... I think this will work, at least for now. Don't know how long it will hold up though. Think I'll paint it to whatever color I decide for the pickguard.
     
  2. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    Nice work man. I'm sure your wife will appreciate all of your hard work. I also like to use clear acrylic for my pickguards and then paint the back. It can be tricky sometimes for sure. I haven't done it with a template yet, but that's how I want to do it moving forward. Are you just using a trim router and a bearing bit?
     
  3. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tucson
    Tell us a little about that other build in the picture. Looks nice.
    Rex
     
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  4. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 25, 2016
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    Subscribing... I'm so excited with the end product!

    Oh... How do I subscribe?
     
  5. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Here's the thread for that guitar.

    http://www.tdpri.com/index.php?threads/766082/

    It's just another build using scraps trying to gain more experience with this relatively new hobby of mine.
     
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  6. Steveinthesticks

    Steveinthesticks Tele-Meister

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    Any progress? I am working on drawings & templates for a similar build
     
  7. idjster

    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

    This whole build has been terrific! I hope you continue posting your progress.
     
  8. imploration

    imploration Tele-Meister

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    Best tremolo on the market!!!
     
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  9. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    No progress as of now, but I plan on getting back to this one soon... Might make it in time for her birthday coming up, so it might end up being a b-day present after all! Finishing up another project first... Hopefully in the next week or so.
     
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  10. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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    As many people have said to me on my projects... ‘Get her done!’

    (And with all respect, I mean the guitar and not your wife )
     
  11. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Holic

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    because i have the same pickup you are going to use i am waiting to hear about your experience with them.
    have no guitar for it yet ;-)
     
  12. Steveinthesticks

    Steveinthesticks Tele-Meister

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    StV.jpg this is as far I have progressed- a lot of subtle differences between the pickup schematic body shape and the photos I was trying to work from, so probably close. I modeled the tremolo cutout & neck from a strat dwg

    need to find one at a shop to look over, my shop tools are in storage so I have been vicariously following threads here
     
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  13. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Looks good! I just ended up taking the dimensions given on their website and then matched it up to an image and traced it in illustrator... Close enough for me. Just about everything checked out.
     
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  14. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Ok, getting back to this project. I have less then a month to get it together before her birthday in January. I'm going to finish it without a finish for a couple of reasons. #1 the weather is not great right now and I don't really have enough time to allow the lacquer to cure and all that... And #2 she gets to choose what color she wants. So I'm finishing up route depths for pickups and had a bit of a miscaculation...
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    Think this is going to cause any problems? That 1-5/8" body thickness got me.
     
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  15. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Does the trem block stick out of the back?
     
  16. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    It's about flush... I thought about cutting the block but I'm afraid of ruining a perfectly good block. I'm sure the springs will stick out a bit
     
  17. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    So today has not been a good day...
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    Broke the pick guard trying to fit the neck... It must be the cold weather... Don't remember the neck pocket being so tight. Anyway, here's a quick mockup.
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    Probably going to buy some pickguard material instead of using plexi this time. I don't like working with plexi.
     
  18. Steveinthesticks

    Steveinthesticks Tele-Meister

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    I think the third pickup route is going through into the trem spring well on my solidworks model. I need to measure the actual tremolo stud lengths, in my solidworks model the holes for them go into the trem spring well also. Have a pine blank glued and rough cut need to compare thickness with what I did in the model before I finish my templates.

    I was disappointed to see the cavity cover on the one at the guitar center here looks like textured kydex and is not inletted at all. That simplifies things for me, but wow those are some serious short cuts for a $2k guitar.
     
  19. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Holic

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    if you would want to use plexi, look for a firm that sells outdoor add light boxes (don't know how you call them in english) that transparant plexi is not ass breakable like the kind from the DIY shop.
    i used it myself and is more foregiving
    isn't there a metalshop that could take same of trem block for you?

    you are doing a not so usual model, and i think i could not done it better.
    if your wife is reading the effort you made to get this done, then all the flaws are peaces off the cake.
    why? you kept on digging to get were you want for her!
    respect!
     
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