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Building my Snakeheads

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Caferacer501, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Caferacer501

    Caferacer501 TDPRI Member

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    80AD00CC-C507-4A75-BEBC-42E2FC1A260F.jpeg Hi everyone,

    I’m fairly new to the forum but am a Fender for life kind of guy. I figured I post the progress of my 3 Snakehead builds. I’m doing two for me and one for a buddy who’s giving me all access to his cabinetry shop. I’ve built lots of guitars over the years but I’ve finally decided I needed a 49’ Snakehead. I was lucky enough to obtain a copy of the plans taken from the actual original Snakehead. Plans made by the custom shop when they did the anniversary run. I started by cutting my templates.
     
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  2. Caferacer501

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    Here’s the glued up and rough cut bodies. B5BB24E3-03F5-472B-9AB1-882D9860F852.jpeg
     

  3. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

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    "I was lucky enough to obtain a copy of the plans taken from the actual original Snakehead. Plans made by the custom shop when they did the anniversary run."

    Welcome Caferacer501, and thanks for the new knowledge you posted to that old thread on Snakeheads and the screw hole on the back of the headstock.
    Now here's how we roll here...
    You hit that little button down there called "Upload a File", and you just stick those original snakehead plans you scored in there and post 'em here for all your new best friends.

    Easy as cake,
    Rex
     
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  4. TenaciousP

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    Caferacer, you haven’t been posting in my snakehead thread by mistake have you?:lol: I think you have more posts over there than in this thread.

    Anyhow, looking forward to seeing more progress updates!:)
     

  5. Caferacer501

    Caferacer501 TDPRI Member

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    I think I was!
     

  6. Caferacer501

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    Here’s a couple of the bodies after I used my templates to get them in shape. 3581727F-E478-4256-9232-3FEAC9E968FD.jpeg
     
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  7. Caferacer501

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    Neck wood bought A72969EA-C4D2-4602-BE1F-9BDC5322B3F5.jpeg 3DD4173C-31D7-4E1C-8A1E-DAEE40CA2629.jpeg I bought wood for 4 necks but I think I’ll get five out of the material
     
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  8. Caferacer501

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    Here’s the first test shots of the plate ware BB90E9F9-DEB4-4B76-8856-DCF884DC82E4.jpeg
     
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  9. Caferacer501

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    97C0672F-F89B-45AD-A640-4071A4332AAD.jpeg Herself my Snakehead bridge. I hand fabricated the first few two but now I had a machine shop tool up to make my parts off the artwork I created.
     
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  10. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

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  11. Caferacer501

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    5F5153B9-D560-4512-83E6-AFE22D5F0761.jpeg 5C4B1B09-E206-41ED-A583-9D1C4B03B2AF.jpeg
    With the material I got for the necks I had planned to make three without trussrod sand one curly maple with... but now that the wood is cut down to size I found I can take the scrap strips and glue them up wth the grain vertical and make a fifth rock maple neck that’s basically quarter sawn... I will likely put a trussrod in that one as well.
     

  12. Caferacer501

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    EF365E47-9579-45C8-B6D6-AD37DF3C2718.jpeg Test fit a standard neck... pocket looks good
     

  13. Caferacer501

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    D712B4CB-F927-433E-A399-A63E858EC03A.jpeg First pickguard cut... I’m using phenolic board for them planed down to .064”
     

  14. Caferacer501

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    39DAB3AC-ECB9-42E4-822C-F77EDC0882DB.jpeg All three ready for lacquer
     

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    First application of paint... several more coats then comes clear lacquer. 6629B9E0-BF67-488E-9E48-0A6A49038C73.jpeg
     

  16. Caferacer501

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    And polished and buffed out. 5C324243-93A6-4E50-8419-E2173A650196.jpeg 7ADBB2C5-14F6-42D8-82DA-8821D784A7F9.jpeg
     

  17. Caferacer501

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    Here’s where we are so far. Start on necks soon. C464C265-B4D2-41A5-8DBE-FE35EA1B2A4A.jpeg
     

  18. TenaciousP

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    Beautiful work!!!

    I have a question about the pickguard material. From your pics, it kinda looks like a “hard board” or “Masonite” type of material. Is that material choice based on the info you received that was taken from the original snakehead? I was always under the impression that the black pickguards were made of something similar to black ”garolite” plastic. However, I am no blackguard tele expert by any means.
     

  19. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

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    Cool and makes sense to build some with and some without truss rods.
    I just set up a used neck last night with no rod, full 1" soft V styled after the first Esquires, and after sitting overnight it still has less than a business card of relief.
    Curious to see how it goes through the seasons, though I do run a humidifier in winter so my guitars do not dry out, shrink and warp.
    Necks mostly shift due to humidity changes, and none of mine need adjustment seasonally as long as I keep the humidifier running.
     
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  20. Caferacer501

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    Garolite is closest to what most black guards are made from but I got to inspect a very early broadcaster and found that in the places whertha lacquer had worn through it was brownish green phenolic board... I had never seen this on any nocaster or early telecaster... I talked with Some very knowledgeable guys on the subject and they said it may have been switched out once production got going... I’m not certain the original snakehead had this material but it stands a good chance if early broadcasters had it... there’s no telling what was used on the pine Esquires with white guards.
     
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