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Double Bound Contoured Tele for my Sister

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by DavidV, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Southpole

    Southpole Tele-Holic

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    I love binding on Teles but adding it to a front and back contoured body gets extra points! The second Tele below is bound in tortoise shell to match the scratch plate. Full of admiration for your build skills.

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  2. betocool

    betocool Tele-Meister

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    Great build man! How did you apply the milk paint, with a brush? Oh... what is milk paint?!

    Did you have to do many coats on it?

    Cheers,

    Alberto
     
  3. DavidV

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    Yep, I just brushed it on. Let it dry for about an hour and sanded it down then applied the second and final coat. It goes on thick so I can't see using more than 2-3 coats unless you want a perfectly uniform and level color, but then what would be the point of using milk paint? If you wanted a really rustic look you could sand it down so that only parts of the grain are colored and the harder parts of the grain are bare wood.

    This stuff may not actually be authentic milk paint but it has the same effect I was going for which is just barely letting the grain show through. You'll see what I mean when I get the clear coat pictures taken. Real milk paint is a really old preservative made with milk casein, borax, and lime and looks like the paint you'd see on farmhouse furniture. It comes in powder form that you mix with water. This pre-mixed milk paint is probably closer to acrylic paint with lime in it to give that matte chalky color.
     
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  4. betocool

    betocool Tele-Meister

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    It looks awesome, that milk paint. I've tried brushing on acrylic and enamel but some grain seems to always show through, which can be frustrating. I'd like to build something like the Irish Falcon Gretsch (with less bling but same color), and that's the kind of coverage I'm aiming for.

    Cheers,

    Alberto
     
  5. GGardner

    GGardner Tele-Holic

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    I loved the grain in the wood. Was hoping against hope you wouldn't paint over it. But it's gorgeous.
     
  6. Mouth

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    Thumbs up for the dry delivery on the stew mac joke. :lol:
     
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  7. Zeonoid

    Zeonoid Tele-Holic

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    thats such a lovely build
     
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  8. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    It looks great!!
     
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  9. DavidV

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    I thought I had taken pictures of scraping the binding but it turns out it was just these three. Nothing too involved really. I just taped a utility blade knife and carefully scraped away at the paint on the binding using my finger as a guard. The milk paint + watco lacquer were kinda chippy, it wasn't like scraping nitrocellulose. Now for many more coats of clear and winding of a neck pickup.

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  10. DavidV

    DavidV TDPRI Member

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    I did debate it. The grain on the back of the guitar looks really nice but the front has some blemishes that wouldn't look too great. A medium brown dye or tobacco burst would be what I would do if it were mine. She said she wants an olive green electric though, or silverburst but i'm not doing that to a poor tele.
     
  11. GGardner

    GGardner Tele-Holic

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    Yeah, the grain on the back caught my eye in one of the photos. Great work. But if you want to be a really good brother, you could build her an amp. Just sayin....
     
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  12. DavidV

    DavidV TDPRI Member

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    I'll definitely get into amps in the near future. I just bought a nice Hakko soldering station and a bunch of components to try my hand at pedals. I know just enough about electricity to hurt myself so I'm going slow with it.
     
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  13. imploration

    imploration Tele-Meister

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    I LOVE POPLAR!!!! Looking great, bud!!!!
     
  14. mistermikev

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  15. DavidV

    DavidV TDPRI Member

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    Since I finally had a day off I had time to wind a pickup yesterday. My winding setup is a little janky as you can see but it works. I have a mini lathe on the way that I think is going to be made into my new winder.

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  16. Old Tele Hack

    Old Tele Hack Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    How do you increment the counter on the calculator?
     
  17. DavidV

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    It's a reed switch counter. Here's a crude diagram Calculator Counter.jpg

    Basically take apart a calculator and find out where the pad for the (=) button is. Scrape the coating off of the corresponding holes in the PCB and solder two wires there. When you cross those two wires it should be like pressing the equals button. Solder in a cheap little reed switch and it should close every time a magnet passes over it. to set the count just hit (+) then (1), every time the magnet goes around it completes the circuit and adds 1 to the total.

    The problem is it stops counting with higher rpms making it very hard to fit a lot of winds onto the bobbin. I maxed out at 7200 winds with 42 AWG wire making this tele neck pickup very under wound. This sort of winder is a small step above the hand drill method, if you want a really good winder then a photo interrupter is a better choice than a reed switch.
     
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  18. mo68jo

    mo68jo TDPRI Member

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    Amazing work and excellent recording of all the steps.

    Good luck!
     
  19. DavidV

    DavidV TDPRI Member

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    Well I finished it completely up last week. My sister and I decided to go with a satin finish after I had finished it in gloss Watco Lacquer. The gloss really didn't capture the look of the milk paint well, satin makes it more look more raw and weathered. There may be a little more tweaking to do on the setup, I very roughly cut the nut down by eye using the half a pencil sitting on the frets trick.

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    Here's some of the wiring, I used to hate doing this until I bought my Hakko soldering station.

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    I will probably switch this humbucker out at some point. I found it in my dad's parts drawer years ago and tried it out in another guitar before. It had a ceramic magnet in it that I switched out with Alnico V hoping it might sound better. It still sounds thin and bright. I thought I may have wired it out of phase too so I switched the wires on one of the coils but that wasn't it because it made it sound even thinner. The neck pickup despite being low output sounds great though.

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    There were a few things I did wrong with this build, particularly the finish work, but I am proud of it for being #3. I think my next few will be more straight forward and simple until I can get the fine stuff down tight. My sister is very happy with it so that's all that really matters. I'm told she has been playing it a lot.
     
  20. RickyRicardo

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