COMPLETED - Jfellows' 2014 Challenge Build - La Tentadora

Discussion in '2014 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by Jfellows, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Jfellows

    Jfellows Tele-Afflicted

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    Spent most of the day getting ready. Still don't have all my parts, but I did get my pickups in, and so I think I'm about ready. I have most of a plan, the rest will work itself out as I go. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has in store this year.
     
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    Good luck!
     
  3. Jfellows

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    I will say this - The body shape will be completely unique. It's something I drew up a while ago, and have been planning to build for a while. Other things kept coming up, but I had planned on Filtertrons all the while.

    So when I saw the La Cabronita category this year, and all I had to do was use a tele headstock, I knew right away what I was going to do. Now if only I could decide on which color to go with.....
     
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    Good luck Jonathan, looking forward to your build!
     
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    Can't wait to see some of these La Cab ideas show up at the Custom Shop 6 months from now. ;)
     
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    very nice, loved your build last year!

    Good luck!
     
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    Good luck J and have fun.
     
  8. Jfellows

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    Well, here's the proof of start!

    A plank of 8/4 Alder, some plain hard maple, and a pile of smaller pieces of cocobolo, including a bookmatched set. I've a pretty good stash of cocobolo, and want to use a fair amount of it on this guitar. If it all goes as planned, that will be the only exposed wood on this guitar. The main parts will be painted, and there will be copious cocobolo trim and accents.

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    Nice wood.
     
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    Looking good!!!

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    Cocobolo is almost as much fun to say as Bubinga!
     
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    Isn't there a drool smiley?

    Lovin' the Cocobolo.
     
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    Pretty wood. Good Luck!!
     
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    Whoa, that cocobolo is stunning !
     
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    Damn it. You have some sexy wood! Good luck.
     
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    Forgot to mention, but shown in the photo on the left side - a sheet of walnut veneer.
     
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    That sounds interesting. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
     
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    Damn that alder is gorgeous!! ;)
     
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    Before I started making any sawdust - a little prep work. I mixed up another gallon batch of my ebonizing brew. I did this in last year's challenge too, and it worked perfectly to turn walnut veneer into solid black veneer. I'm going to need some strips of black veneer this year too, but for a different purpose than last time.

    So in the jug is a gallon of white vinegar and several wads of steel wool. We'll let this percolate for a little while.

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    Then the next obvious step was to chop up that slab of alder and glue up a body blank.

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    I haven't used alder for a guitar body before. There's going to be paint involved, so grain isn't really important. I wanted something hard, but not too heavy. Swamp ash would've worked, but I don't want to deal with grain filling when I'm going to paint it. I have some basswood here, but for reasons you'll see later, I was concerned it would be too soft. That left basically poplar or alder. I've never used alder before, so figured this was a good chance to try it out.
     
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    Thanks. me too! You know how it is, you have a vision in your head, but turning it into reality is sometimes more difficult than you think.

    Yeah, it's a pretty clean piece. Unfortunately, I'm going to be lacquering solid color over the alder. It came down to alder or poplar for a hard light weight wood to go under the paint, with little need for grain fill. Decided to give the alder a go.
     
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