COMPLETED - XxJoshxX's Plain ol' tele

Discussion in '2014 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by XxJoshxX, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. XxJoshxX

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    Or maybe not :twisted:
     
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  2. TeleSky

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    Was that plain or plane? Or un-plain?
     
  3. DrASATele

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    Good luck!
     
  4. jim the plumber

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    good luck
     
  5. BluesBlooded

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    Good luck Josh! Will be watching what you have in mind!
     
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    Good luck Josh
     
  7. XxJoshxX

    XxJoshxX Tele-Holic

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    Thanks guys!

    Specs:
    Double F-hole Thinline
    26.5 scale
    Set neck
    Walnut Body
    Zebrawood top
    Walnut or maple neck
    Wenge fretboard
    Cream soapbar p90s

    Would it be against the rules to use pre-cut inlays?
     
  8. XxJoshxX

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    My proof of start is weak, I still dont have my walnut.


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    Ooh zebrawood


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    Fretboard template attached

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    Heres a little trick I learned to make a fretboard quickly.
    Take a piece of Mdf with one straight side

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    And run it thru the table saw

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    Without moving the fence, line up the edges of the fretboard with the end of the mdf, and run It through

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    Repeat

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    Sanded


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  9. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Okay, good start!!!
     
  10. XxJoshxX

    XxJoshxX Tele-Holic

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    Would precut inlays be allowed?

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  11. Deegatron

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    I would suspect this would cross the line as "not doing all the work yourself" but you could make an argument that it's no different than using precut pearl dots... and nobody cuts their own pearl dots... totally grey area dude....
     
  12. barbrainy

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    Hmmmmm. Already a debate on the rules.

    I must admit, I thought this was an easy 'yes, it's fine'. But now I've read the rules again, I'm not so sure.....

    There's one obvious way to be on the safe side.....
     
  13. XxJoshxX

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    I went ahead and did it, If it isnt allowed, Ill use a different fretboard

    So after an hour of drilling and chiseling I have this


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    But It doesnt look so bad with the inlay in


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  14. nosmo

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    Don't see why not. Do the rules say you have to cut your own?

    I plan on using precut saddles on my bridge and I'm not too worried about that :lol:
     
  15. XxJoshxX

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    Thanks for the reassurance.
    I chiseled out the second inlay and it actually turned out quite well.
     
  16. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Sounds like this isn't going to be just a "plain" old Tele, but a pretty dang nice one. Looks good so far, Josh.

    I would have to agree with Nosmo, inlay pieces are something most of us buy already shaped --yes, a body could make them, or cut them out, but regular dots or trapezoids are usually purchased. And--the rules are moot regarding inlay fabrication, so I think you're good. Hope a moderator can chime in here before you get too far down the road so you'll know.
     
  17. XxJoshxX

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    Thanks!
    The way I see it, the worst case scenario is to use a different fretboard, I dont think I would get DQd over fretboard inlays.
     
  18. XxJoshxX

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    Mo wood.
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    Resawed the zebrawood
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    In fifth period today I thought about what I really wanted for this guitar. I decided I wanted It to be light and comfortable, but I dont feel up for a thinline with contours. The plan is to make it a really thin. It should rnd up around 1 1/4".
     
  19. DesmoDog

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    Just make sure that leaves enough depth for your controls. A body that thin might rule out using a typical Tele style 3 way switch, you may have to go with a toggle or something that is shallow enough to fit in a 1" deep hole. (Assuming you leave 1/4 for the bottom surface)
     
  20. XxJoshxX

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    I was already planning on a toggle switch, so that works out good
     
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