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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by wadeeinkauf, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

    552
    Sep 24, 2010
    Monterey CA
    I am really looking forward to this build. It is based on the Terry Downs Telecaster plans. This guitar will be for Jake Reichbart, a professional working musician. Jake also has a large YouTube presence and offers outstanding downloadable video lessons of his finger style jazz, pop and rock arrangements. Jake will be providing feedback and suggestions on how the guitar stacks up to a professional’s requirements. I promise to post the good, bad and the ugly. At the end of this process I’ll ask him to play one of my favorite Al Green’s songs and I will post it here. Here is Jake’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/jreichbart.

    I think it’s great when a guitar has a story. I use reclaimed lumber and old orchard lumber. This build will be wormy chestnut. This lumber was salvaged from barns build in the late 1800’s around Deep Creek Valley, Bryson City, a sleepy mountain town in Western North Carolina by Bob Marr of Marr's Antique Lumber. He calls himself the Chest”Nut”. A great gentleman. He has built a cabin he calls the “Chestnut Cabin” the cabin and all the furniture in it was built using this reclaimed lumber. It’s on Toot Hollow. Really. When I ordered this lumber I sent a picture of my first chestnut guitar I had build. After seeing it he pulled these pieces out of his private stash and they are fantastic quality..some boards were 14 inches wide. For those that did not know, at one time in the U.S. Chestnut was as common as oak. A blight hit in the early 1900 and completely killed off the entire population of American Chestnut in the U.S., an estimated 4 billion trees. To this day only a few pockets survive.

    Back to the build. This is the lumber I will be using. I am not sure if I want to use the very wormy piece or the cleaner chestnut piece for the top. The clear one would be well suited for more of sun burst finish.
    The drop top: Wormy Chestnut one piece
    The body: African Mahogany
    The neck: Quarter Sawn Honey Roasted Maple, Dot Markers Black Mother of Pearl

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  2. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

    552
    Sep 24, 2010
    Monterey CA
    The Hardware

    As much as possible this guitar will be build with American made parts.
    Pickups: Seymour Duncan humbuckers. Made in Santa Barbara Ca.
    Bridge: Hipshot. Made near Finger Lakes New York
    Tuners: Sperzel. Trim-Lok with black Pearl knobs, Cleveland Ohio
    The Finish: Simtec's Polyester Sanding Sealer 28X50 and Simtec's Top Coat 57X1. Norco Ca
    Sorry, the other parts probably come from China.
     
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  3. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

    552
    Sep 24, 2010
    Monterey CA
    The Requirements

    As you would expect Jake's major concerns are playability and versatility. He plays with very low action and the workmanship and stability of the neck is important. In addition the guitar weight is important as he is strapped to it for many hours each week.
    Neck Stability: I have chosen the quarter sawn roasted maple for the neck. This should be rock solid. This will be a one piece neck. The neck is based on a one piece telecaster neck with a modified headstock. In addition this will be a 22 fret neck and rather than the fretboard overhang I will be extending the neck length by 1/8 of an inch and increasing the neck pocket the same. I know the overhang is normally 1/4 inch but will gain the 1/8" by reducing the distance from the first tuner to the nut by 1/8 inch. I need this 1/8 for truss rod adjustment as this will be heel adjusted. I want to be able to adjust the truss rod without taking the neck off.
    Versatility: Will try to get everything out of the humbuckers as possible with switching using push push pots for coil split to single coil. I have ordered some 3pole double throw switches to be able to put both the neck and bridge pickup in parallel mode with one switch.
    I am leaning toward a Volume, Tone, and Blend pot. I don't know how useful out of phase switching is...will ask Jake what he thinks.
    Weight: My builds come in very close to 7.5 lbs. I do some chambering. On this build I will pay close attention to this and see if I can reduce a few more ounces.
    Workmanship: We will see.
     
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  5. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Holic

    933
    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    Couldn't you technically extend the fret board by that 1/8", and leave the neck and pocket distance the same? Or is this an all one-piece neck (which you could still probably do)?
     
  6. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

    552
    Sep 24, 2010
    Monterey CA
    Yes this is a one piece. I think the reason you see the back of neck routed down giving the overhang on replacement one piece necks is because they have to fit in the production bodies. I don't have to worry about that. Thanks for following this thread.
    Wade
     
  7. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

    552
    Sep 24, 2010
    Monterey CA
    I modified Terry Downs Telecaster plans for humbuckers and made the neck pocket 1/8 inch longer to accommodate my 1/8 inch longer neck. As I measure it I will have enough room to accommodate the spoke nut on the truss rod that I will be using. Made two 1/4" mdf templates. Will make the working 3/4 mdf templates next. I had an old tele bridge made for a humbucker. I used this to determine where the bridge humbucker would be placed.
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    I found this on ebay and ordered two. $8 bucks each. I will inlay this into my working templates. I had made one out of an old bridge...drilled out the string through holes and it has worked well...This one is laser cut so should be very accurate. I also inlay a bridge plate into the top template and use this to drill out the string through holes......
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    I realized I had ordered the wrong switches for my toggle to be used to switch both humbuckers into parallel mode. It requires a 4 pole double throw mini...so I ordered these.
    Parallel cuts the output a bit but give you some higher frequencies and is still noise canceling.
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  8. GuitarNate

    GuitarNate TDPRI Member

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    Sep 18, 2016
    Bay Area
    Looks like a great build and some cool wood. I love double humbucker Teles
     
  9. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

    552
    Sep 24, 2010
    Monterey CA
    Thanks Nate....Please follow the build and let me know what you think...Really like getting the younger musicians thoughts.
    Wade
     
  10. wadeeinkauf

    wadeeinkauf Tele-Holic

    552
    Sep 24, 2010
    Monterey CA
    Finished top body template. I will go over a few lessons I have learned the hard way.

    The top humbucker template is from Stewmac...I had made my own in the past....
    This is worth every penny Stewmac asks for it. Never use the master template. I made a working one large enough to be able to screw it down to make the 1/4 inch thick template. Then put super glue along the edges and screw holes. If you don't the sharp corners will round over after a few times of use. In the past I used double sided tape...That is why I am making a new template. The template doesen't have to move much to cause a problem.
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    The neck pocket cutout needs to be cut on the inside side of the template line or there will not be a tight fit. Even then it will not be a really tight fit....but will be after the finish is applied.
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    Again the only safe way is to screw the template down.
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    I put a bridge plate over the correct location on the Terry Downs plan. This is a hipshot bridge plate and it aligns exactly. Using this as a guide I drill the string through holes.
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  11. DrASATele

    DrASATele Friend of Leo's

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    Nice looking wood wade! I dig the all American aspect too. I'm a huge fan of Sperezel's I've had them installed on my G&L S500 the day it arrived in store in 1995. Handsdown one of my best investments as a teenager ;)
     
  12. jvin248

    jvin248 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
    I recently converted an HH guitar by splitting the neck pickup (stock two-wire unit) to give single coil with the neck pickup screws high at a Fender pole stagger and dropped the whole pickup to reduce the strength of the pole side. A push/pull tone pot 'down' defaults to the neck single coil while 'up' is both neck coils in parallel for Strat quack and acoustic guitar tones, plus it cuts noise if needed.

    Bridge humbucker is stock but hard wired to an Arlo Cocked Wah circuit as I really only use that pickup with gain and the ACW tweaks it just right. The 3-way pickup toggle switch works as normal between the two pickups.

    If the client is a gigging musician, he will want minimal and simple controls to worry about on stage. If he only does session recording work then there's that circuit on guitarnutz2 for '409' switching options ;)

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