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Bolt - new model proto build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. mlp-mx6

    mlp-mx6 Tele-Holic

    717
    Jan 20, 2008
    Atlanta
    Here I am a hobbyist risking a critique/question to a true professional. Nonetheless - and I ask this because I'm wanting to build a "3-pickup S-type configuration using P90s" also.

    The amount of wood between the bridge studs and the pickup rout is quite thin. I've seen guitars where the wood collapsed in the direction of the string pull (into the pickup cavity) after time under tension - possibly years. Would some kind of reinforcement be advisable? Perhaps rout out the stud area and glue in a harder, stronger wood (say, maple, or some stronger exotic)? I ask because lightweight ash can sometimes be a little soft. Mahogany is not as hard/strong as other woods as well.

    Thanks again,
    Michael
     

  2. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    52
    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    Good point M.
    I addressed this issue by replacing the OEM stud inserts of the bridge with my own which are cut 1 1/4" long and the pocket is flushed with thin CA.
    Also note that the PU cavities are very shallow.
    Those inserts are not moving anywhere (-;
     

  3. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2012
    Northern California
    Holy cow that's awesome! I just finished one very similar. Let me know what you think. ImageUploadedByTDPRI1426254265.174277.jpg
     

  4. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Age:
    52
    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    Is that a 5 pos toggle?
     

  5. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2012
    Northern California

    No. It's a standard three way. MV/MT. Middle pickup is on it's own volume and is blended in anywhere. Not interested in the five way, these ain't Strats!. The amount of tonal possibilities that open up far outweighs the ability to select the middle pickup by itself.
     

  6. Doubletriode

    Doubletriode Tele-Meister

    192
    Mar 23, 2008
    Geneva,Switzerland
    I am also not a big fan of the middle pickup by itself, even in strats that's why I use Schaller Megaswitches ( type E, I think...) which is a five way blade type switch that gives you the two outer pickups in parallel in the middle position. Also nice for a Nashville tele pickup configuration.
     

  7. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2012
    Northern California

    With so many options opened up it's like a completely different guitar than something with three pickups and a five way. With my Strat based pickups (made from scratch, flatpoles, no reverse engineered Strat recipe) the tonal possibilities blow away that 60 year old idea of hanging the 3 way up in between positions. You get all the classic Telecaster/Les Paul. All the Strat tones minus the middle pickup. Then the added bonus of that blender to go anywhere anytime. The key though is figuring out how to wind that blender pickup so you aren't making mud.

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  8. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    Mark,
    What a fantastic idea! Beautiful guitar.
    Rob
     

  9. Doubletriode

    Doubletriode Tele-Meister

    192
    Mar 23, 2008
    Geneva,Switzerland
    I guess I get confused when I have too many options ;-)
    nice job by the way, Mark!
     

  10. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    52
    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    Just completed that Mahogany/BRRW Bolt-S.
    She sounds exceptionally good and weighs nothing. I love it!
    Also had the opportunity to do a mild relic and see how the Bolt may look 50 years down the road (like myself next year...) (-;


    BRRW over flamed maple clay dots neck with massive jumbo frets on a 9 1/2" radius board.
    Featherweight Mahogany body with 2 knob circuit and 3 AirGap P90's in RWRP configuration.
    Under the bed mild relic.

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  11. Mxk116

    Mxk116 TDPRI Member

    78
    Apr 29, 2013
    OH
    What a fantastic instrument. A 6# mahagony body P90 S-type, beautiful! That guitar would look lovely sitting next to a certain 335 I know. (-;

    Happy belated birthday!

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  12. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    That is a honey!
     

  13. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Age:
    52
    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    Thanks M.
    Birthdays are getting awfully close to each other...
     

  14. geos

    geos TDPRI Member

    Heart Felt Appreciation of Your Work

    One day ... some day .... These guitars you create are full of goodness & wonder.
    I find it bemusing that both you and Leo came to the number "3" for the way to secure the neck. Fender's design did not work as well as yours. You took it further. You create beauty and elegance w/ wood and metal, not to mention the "sound", and the genius of the air gap pickup.

    Is the trem bridge one of your own designs? It's very clean looking. Also wondering if the arm is a screw in or pop / push in variety. read the thread but didn't catch if your mention of it.

    Thanks for posting your build threads. They are a gift to all of us.

    Peace,
    geos
     

  15. twocup

    twocup Tele-Meister

    Gil, glad to see you back here. The Bolt S looks great. How's that 3 bolt neck joint holding up after 50 years?
    Tim
     

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