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Barncaster Build #1

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Doghouse_Riley, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Holic

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    I love the barncaster look so I decided to build one for myself. This will be a blues/country/roots rock machine. This is my first partscaster from "scratch." Before I've taken existing guitars and swapped parts.

    I'm starting off with a body I got from Ebay from No Moon Laser. It's old pine from a house demolition in MO. He dyed it with some indigo aniline dye and then put some clear poly over that. I love the color of the body as received but it was a little too rough. I want the body to be rustic looking but I still have to play it. I sanded it smooth to 320. This took off most of the poly. I have some clear shellac so I gave it 3 coats. It's drying now. When I get home from work today I'll rub it down with 0000 steel wool. I know I'm "supposed to" put a clear coat over the shellac but I'm not going to. My thought is that this will help retain, and with time enhance, the rustic look.

    I have a TMO-FAT (rosewood w/U profile) neck from All Parts coming. I'm usually not into relicing but shiny parts didn't seem right so I bought aged parts with the stipulation that I wouldn't pay more than a couple bucks extra over what the part normally cost.

    My goal was to keep the entire build under $300. I think I'll be over by about $50.
     

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  2. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    cool, it looks great

    what kind of pickups are you going to put in there?

    I live in an area where there are lots of barns but too few barncasters
     
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  3. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Holic

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    The blueing of that pine couldn't be better. Nice work.
     

  4. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

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    what kind of magnets are in the GFS pickups?
     

  5. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Holic

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    Alnico
     

  6. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Holic

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    Parts are starting to arrive! Neck should be here EOD. Pups tomorrow.
    Oh, and I went with rosewood.:cool:

    A little mock up:

    Barncaster1_102616.jpg
     
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  7. cntry666

    cntry666 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga
    Looking good!
     
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  8. Zepfan

    Zepfan Friend of Leo's

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Loving it.
     
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  9. Old man73

    Old man73 Tele-Meister

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    +1
     
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  10. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

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    +2
     
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  11. Captain Nutslot

    Captain Nutslot Friend of Leo's

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  12. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Holic

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    Thanks and yes. My goal is to have it done by my next gig on 11/5 and get some video of it in action then.
     

  13. Bodean

    Bodean TDPRI Member

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    That looks nice. I have a small pile of 100 year old pine I got in a tear out of a remodel I was doing. Saving up for a planer to make me one of those.:)
     
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  14. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Holic

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    ^^^Sweet. I have an old section of redwood fence I'm thinking is going to Barncaster #2. I'm not done with this one and I'm already planning the next. Oh cr@p, does this mean I'm addicted?:confused:
     

  15. Old man73

    Old man73 Tele-Meister

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    No not addicted , not yet.I also acquired some 100 year old pine from remodel for my first barncaster. 2x12 actual and 4x12actual that I will try and resaw.
    I will be following.
     
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  16. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Holic

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    The build rolls on. All the parts are in now. Just a matter of putting them together. :D

    The pick ups look cool. Rust spots on the magnets are a nice touch.:

    Barncaster1_102916-1.jpg

    Mock up:

    Barncaster1_102916-5.jpg

    Wiring the 4 way switch:

    Barncaster1_102916-3.jpg

    3 coats of amber shellac on the neck:

    Barncaster1_102916-4.jpg
     
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  17. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Holic

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    I found some hardware already aged but a lot I couldn't find or they were stupidly expensive. So I did my own aging using pcb etchant:

    Barncaster1_102916-2.jpg

    It did what I wanted which was to take the shine off. I'm happy with the results.
     
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  18. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Tele-Holic

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    Great job! Mine is still on the bench...
    after completing the telemaster... I should try the pcb as well...
     

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  19. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Holic

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    Barney Lives! I still need to put the decal on and I think I might change the way I mounted the neck pickup. It plays great. I'll put up some sound samples soon. The Slick pickups sound awesome and look perfect for the rode-hard-put-away-wet aesthetic I was going for on this build. Fantastic bang for the buck. I'm diggin' the fat neck. Even the lead guitarist in my band was skeptical at first but after he played it he loved the fat neck too.

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