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B-day present for my wife

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

  1. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
  2. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Getting started on sanding now.
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    Have about 2 weeks to get this thing operational...
    Ordered some pickguard material. Should be here in about a week.
     
  3. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Pickguard material showed up today.
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    Need to cut out another one, hopefully sometime this week. Then more sanding, some layers of shellac and I can wire it up...
     
  4. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Does anyone know how to turn a left handed pickguard into a right handed pickguard? I guess this is what happens when you rush things...
     
  5. boop

    boop TDPRI Member

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    Dec 1, 2018
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    You flip it over. Lookin' good though!
     
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  6. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    I guess it's hard to see in the pic, but I already put the bevel on the wrong side...
     
  7. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Holic

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    make it round, its a hand made, its your build and who says it can't be round? ;-)
     
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  8. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    London, UK
    Square off the bevel? Re-bevel it from the other side? I don’t think there is a fix that doesn’t involve making it 2mm smaller all round...
     
  9. LuckyJinx

    LuckyJinx TDPRI Member

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    If there is a guitar where you could get away with a "diamond edged" pickguard (bevelled from both sides), it's that one. That would preserve more of the pickguard size...

    In fact, you could probably claim having the bevel upside down was totally a design feature you meant to have on the guitar.

    Or you could make it square and bind the pickguard, then bevel the binding... Or try to cut off the bevel with a very thin and sharp blade, flip the bevel pieces over and try binding the pg with that...

    Or make a new one and save that one for the reverse/leftie St. Vincent you will be making one day.
     
  10. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    So this project keeps getting better.... today a nice gentleman at my work agreed to cut about 3/16" off the bottom of the trem block so that I can easily fit it into the trem cavity on this guitar. It went alright until I noticed what heat does to plastic/rubber...

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    Well, I did get it cut off, so that was accomplished. Need to drill out the spring holes and drill out the arm bushing and figure something out on how to replace it. any suggestions? I can't seem to find anywhere to buy a new one.


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  11. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Ok, I think I'm back on track...
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    Eighth time's the charm, though it wasn't without mishap. I was able to salvage this one and I'm going to skip the bevel, because frankly it doesn't need one. Going to leave well enough alone. Now it's time to finish the sanding and all the little details etc. And put this thing together. Little over a week to finish it... At least so it's playable
     
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  12. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    [QUOTE="LuckyJinx, post: 8797565, member: 64918"

    Or make a new one and save that one for the reverse/leftie St. Vincent you will be making one day.[/QUOTE]



    Funny you say this, my daughter is a lefty and she wants a guitar...
     
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  13. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tucson


    Funny you say this, my daughter is a lefty and she wants a guitar...[/QUOTE]
    There you go - problem solved.
     
  14. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Getting closer... Rear cavity covers and everything is sanded to 320. Need to put some shellac on, assemble and do a set up.
     
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  15. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Holic

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    Good for you, go for it!
     
  16. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Up to 8 coats of shellac I believe... For body and neck. I'll probably have to sand it back and smooth out some spots I missed sanding once she decides on a color. But other than that, I think it's looking pretty cool. I hope she digs it...
     
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  17. boop

    boop TDPRI Member

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    Looks nice. I am looking to do my first guitar in shellac. Are you spraying? Rattle can?
     
  18. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    More like a french polish...

    Sent from my LGMP260 using TDPRI forum mobile app
     
  19. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    So I'm nearing the finish line, sort of...

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    Assembling and doing the wiring... Not confident it's going to work properly because it's kinda complex wiring diagram, at least for me. I'll do my best and see how it turns out. I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out but all the little mistakes and poor workmanship stands out like a sore thumb to me. Hoping she still appreciates it anyways. About 2 days to go...

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  20. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Holic

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    netherlands
    you see the flaws, i see determination and not taking the easy road by buying a DIY kit of another model.
    if your wife will know how you struggled with this but didn't give up, the more she will cherish this great present.
     
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