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Bolt - new model proto build

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

  1. Faraldi

    Faraldi Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2009
    Barnegat, NJ
    The level of talent is mind blowing.
     
  2. fabricator

    fabricator Tele-Meister

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    Jun 29, 2012
    Texas
    Beautiful work, as always, Gil. I really like this new design - it's different, but still familiar in a very classic way.

    Will your strat and P-90 pickups have the same air-gap design as your humbuckers? I think you really hit on something big with those. I just wish they were commercially available to those of us who can't afford the entire guitar... (-;
     
  3. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    Oh yes, I will build them with the new AirGap PU's as standard, or vintage PU's as an option.
    I'll get to that later in this build of course.
     
  4. exluthier

    exluthier Tele-Meister

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    Mar 27, 2010
    St. Louis, Missouri
    I have to admit when I first saw the design I didn't like the body or headstock shape but seeing them cut out and in the round (so to speak) its really grown on me. Can't wait to see this one completed.
     
  5. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Big difference between the plans and the actual guitar.. and if that is not enough, there's the automatic psychological rejection from any new guitar design different than the LP,S,T (-;
     
  6. thecableguy

    thecableguy Friend of Leo's

    Gil, one more question about the fret installation if you don't mind. Are you able to install them with just hand pressure on the installation tool? I'm intrigued and I'd like to try it.
     
  7. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    I use a mallet in case it gets tough but It's mostly combination of hand and mallet.
    I recommend to start with a mallet. It's a "feel thing".
     
  8. exluthier

    exluthier Tele-Meister

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    Mar 27, 2010
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Oh I have no particular love for the traditional Stratocaster shape, the whole guitar just drives me nuts when I try to play it. I do like seeing how designs change from concept to actual object. I really like the addition of the SG style bevels.
     
  9. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Still waiting on some parts to be made and arrive so not much has been going on with the proto lately. Here's the bolting...

    Mounting screw hole locations marked

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    and 3/32" lead holes drilled

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    Heel is roughly rounded and blended

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    and the ferrule cavities are drilled.
    Each has a different depth in order to follow the curved surface of the heel

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    screw holes drilled through the other side

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    like that

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    I'll be using these Black plated Brass ferrules which are over-sized for better pressure distribution on the body

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    Mild steel screws are fitted in

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    marked to the bottom of the neck pocket cavity

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    and clipped to length

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    Same on the neck.. hole locations marked

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    Here's the radiused cradle for the drilling

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    Drilled

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    Thin CA under the body ferrules

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    Tightened hard (about twice as I go with a Fender type joint)

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    and tested.
    I bend the neck significantly more than the heaviest set of strings will ever pull it and repeat a few times

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    I keep the drill torque level the same as it was when I tightened the screws and try to tighten again. They do not move which is a very good sign (-;

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    This crucial part of the proto build is over and the joint is very strong and stable. I may even go with a 3 screw system next time (which was my innitial design but didn't want to take any chances..), two on the front and one only at the back tip of the body heel... we'll see..

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    Last edited: May 18, 2014
  10. nogin007

    nogin007 Tele-Meister

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    Apr 22, 2003
    Wellington, AL
    Nice looking plans. When I saw the title of the thread, I thought it was about a Carvin guitar, as they have a model called the Bolt.
     
  11. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    I only needed those big holes to install the over-sized ferrules so no need to leave them on the back of the heel of course... (-;

    5/8" dowels are cut

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    and extracted

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    and plugged in to lock the ferrules with hide glue

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  12. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    I did not see that coming. :lol:
     
  13. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    A little drilling for the mounting screw head to fit in through the back and some rough sanding..

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    Much better

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  14. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
    That is way cool! Love the hidden ferules.
     
  15. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 23, 2010
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    Yeh, way cool ;)
     
  16. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
    Was thinking about this a bit, and the three screws are probably just as strong. Even more so if the pattern is an isosceles triangle. Neat stuff.
     
  17. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    I feel the same. The triangle is not isosceles because I cannot locate a screw on the neck center line where the truss rod runs..
    Once completed, I'll have to test the guitar with and without the 4th screw and see if it has any effect on the sustain or low end in anyway, even though those things are very hard to compare... but like my dad always said "when in doubt there's no doubt, better use 10 big bolts than 4 little screws (-;".
     
  18. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    +++++ perfect!
     
  19. exluthier

    exluthier Tele-Meister

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    Mar 27, 2010
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Well isn't that just pretty. Very very nice.
     
  20. mlp-mx6

    mlp-mx6 Tele-Holic

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    Jan 20, 2008
    Atlanta
    Wow, that's cool!
     
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