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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by mjr428, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 20, 2015
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    I'm not sure if it actually "works"... I'll let you know in a few days... I saw somewhere on the interwebs where someone used distilled white vinegar in an enclosed container with the hardware in seperate containers sitting inside the container with the vinegar...
     
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  2. darkforce

    darkforce Tele-Meister

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    Sounds like it could work, given enough time. Please let us know how the result looks!

    Best regards
    Johannes
     
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  3. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Will do! I'm really just looking to take the shine off
     

  4. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster TDPRI Member

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    I’m interested to see and hear how this turns out... seen kit builds on YouTube and they can work with a little extra input... apparently the strings are total garbage, but you already know that by now ;)
     

  5. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Yup, strings are garbage, but did serve a purpose. I used the e strings to line up the neck and bridge and get them into alignment.
     
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  6. jhundt

    jhundt Poster Extraordinaire

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    Ha ha! with my 12-string kit there were, in fact, 12 strings provided. They weren't wrapped, they were just loose. They weren't separated into pairs, they were just loose. They weren't labelled, they were just loose! I think I spent as much time trying to separate, measure, and label the strings as I did wiring the guitar.

    And you're right - they weren't especially good strings. That didn't really matter though, because the first set you put on a kit is just to test all the alignments of the parts, and get a rough set-up on the bridge length and height.
     
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  7. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Welp, I guess the vinegar treatment does work...
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    Especially on the brass parts... Some of the screws etc might have more patina then I desired where as the chrome parts didn't get effected too much, so I'm going to leave it in there another night or so...
     
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  8. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Started painting the body... Had some runs, so now I'm sanding it back to level it some. Not expecting a perfect finish but don't want it looking sloppy. 1510537936072.jpg
    Been contemplating whether or not to have some sort of relic finish... I like how some look but then I don't think I could make it look good or authentic.
     
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  9. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Meister

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    good job man. Buy some junk guitars off ebay with decent hardware and strip them down for parts. Always good to have extra tuners, pickups etc. - also watch ebay for "lots of guitar parts" shops cleaning house are always trying to dump stuff without inventorying it - just look at the pics and if it looks interesting make a bid...

    I picked up a half dozen gold grover tuner sets from a shop shutting down for less than 10$ a set - spank brand new.

    then it doesn't seem so outrageous to put some new & improved hardware on a very inexpensive guitar when needed....
     

  10. jhundt

    jhundt Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think you are more organized than I am, and capable of forward thinking!

    But part of my experiment is to see whether the cheap hardware bits are actually detrimental or not. I know I can change them out in the future if necessary. But so many guys just automatically swap out the cheap parts; I thought it would make sense to swap a part when that part actually revealed itself to be detrimental.

    A funny thing is, this is the only guitar I own where the tone knob works right! I was very suspicious of the cheap pots/jacks/etc. But I am keeping them all for now.

    I have even corrected the deficiencies on the bridge; had to tap threads into already-existing (but unthreaded) holes, and cut a few little plates to put under the bridges for the high-octave strings... but now it's all working like it's supposed to.
     

  11. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    So I finally finished (well sort of) this kit. The neck feels great to me, but there are a couple frets that need some extra love around the 18th fret. Also, I have a new switch on the way because I can't quite figure out how to wire those import switches... Right now all I can get is the middle position. I wasn't very happy with the finish on the body so I went the relic route. Maybe a couple minor adjustments here and there... The pickups sound ok to me (at least in the middle position). The output is about 5.5k on both pickups. The volume pot seems a little scratchy as well, so I might go ahead and swap those out too. Here are some pics on this cold afternoon...
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  12. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    That is a really nice looking Telecaster you have there, playabilty is what the name of the game is though and not looks..so, how does it play
     

  13. mjr428

    mjr428 Tele-Meister

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    Well, the neck feels great but as of right now, it needs a little more work. But playability is pretty good at this point, aside from the problem frets. Action feels good to me, I believe around 3/32". It's a top load so it would probably do better with at least 10's on it. Right now I have ernie ball hybrids which has 9- 46 I believe. But overall plays and feels pretty good.
     
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  14. Skub

    Skub Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jul 28, 2010
    N.Ireland
    I bought the same guitar from Gear 4 Music a while back and have used it stock to record my own music,but with a view to fix some annoying niggles and also to stick in a set of Rob's Cavalier pickups. The guitar is a good base and quite playable.

    Here's a song recorded on Logic Pro X using the 12.

     
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  15. 5ofeight

    5ofeight Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Thanks Gents, i may well attempt one of these here builds during the coming year..
     

  16. papaschtroumpf

    papaschtroumpf Tele-Holic

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    Nov 24, 2015
    Colorado
    My son bought me a jazz bass kit from Tomtop (was $52 at the time, price had gone up last time I looked). See my thread if you're interested: http://www.tdpri.com/threads/ammoon-jazz-bass-kit.792079/

    I didn't replace any hardware although I may change the pots to do a different wiring scheme, I got the action to where I wanted it and it's a fun to play, so now I'm going to finish it (going to try my first relic job).
     

  17. bender66

    bender66 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 18, 2010
    on my bike
    I have a thread in here I think? $65 all mahogany & maple cap single p90 LP.
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    Got the bridge anchors drilled, headstock shaped, neck aligned properly using shims & glued. If all that is spot on then it should be playable, right?
    The pickup route was a smidge off so we compensated 1-2mm when drilling/gluing.

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    Stained/sealed. My ReReanch Goldtop Gold came in last week (figured I'd splurge on paint since the kit was cheap).

    I'm going for this CS '54 version look.
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  18. Skub

    Skub Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jul 28, 2010
    N.Ireland
    Oh man,that looks like it's gonna be sweet.
     

  19. mangus

    mangus Tele-Meister

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  20. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jul 2, 2015
    PNW USA
    Nice job, I've considered getting a similar 6-string tele kit, after a resounding success with the $75 12-string kit I got by RAS, aka Reid & Sons:

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    So far, I haven't changed a single bit of hardware on it and it sounds and plays great!

    These kits are well worth it, if only to get a first taste of guitar building. I have a thread on it somewhere if anyone's curious.
     
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