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First build: Single P90 telecaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jsil13, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    I've been stalking this forum for years now. It started off looking at mods, then I started finishing my own bodies and putting together partscasters, and now I'm cutting out my own bodies and as of today my first neck.

    Here's the body. Two piece alder routed for a bridge humbucker. I have a Railhammer gnarly 90 I'm throwing in there. The half bridge is a dual loader so I can top load the strings instead of striking for ferrules. Ignore the knobs. Haha. They're for something else I'm working on, but I plan on going with just a volume and a tone.

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    The grain actually looked pretty nice. Maybe my next one I'll do a natural finish.
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  2. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    The color I picked for this one is Jeep anvil. I've been seeing it on the road and really digging it, so I figured I'd give it a shot.
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    This one better represents the color but also highlights the flaws. IMG_2600.JPG

    So I'm in the process of trying to fix some orange peel and coming up with a game plan to get it right.
     
  3. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    The neck in attempting to build is Bolivian rosewood or pau ferro with one of stew Macs pre slotted rosewood boards. This is my first neck. The pau ferro is really hard and a little brittle. I had a few blowouts on the truss rod channel, but I'd say it's my fault not the wood's.

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    The grain on the sides is really nice. My routing job not so much. I've done worse. The only part that's really jacked up is the hole for the truss rod adjustment. I went with the measurement online without looking at the rod right in front of me. IMG_2616.JPG IMG_2617.JPG

    Now I'm wondering if I should plug it somehow and redrill? Or just chisel out the rest and have a big hole down the bottom. I'm sure there are a few ways to fix it and I know I'll find the answers here.
     
  4. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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  5. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    that's shippin up to be badass
     
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  6. Great work! Keep it up and coming!
     
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  7. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    Thanks man. I'm hoping so.
    Thanks man. Will do.
     
  8. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    Hate to sound negative about a really outstanding effort...but I just don't like the color. Would have been better natural, or something like TV Yellow. But, I couldn't come anywhere close to that, so "good on 'ya!"
     
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  9. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    It looks a bit different on a Jeep, but I'm hoping the clear will bring out more of the color. The last two I've painted have been coral pink and turquoise metal flake. This is actually kind of subdued for me. Haha. I have another body cut out already that I'm thinking about doing a natural finish on.
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  10. coreytree

    coreytree Tele-Meister

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    Can't wait to see more progress. Thanks for sharing the pics.
     
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  11. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    These are my last two finish jobs.
     
  12. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    The amount of surface area in the sunlight makes the jeep look lighter... & blue/green? It doesn't look bad. Lets wait & see. Your body looks killer though. I have a unrouted body & want to do the same with only a soapbar & half bridge.

    Oh, & your neck grain looks awesome, as did the body. I'd of had a hard time covering that.

    My Firebird friend.... are those your creation too? I've been stalking FB bodies on the bay for a bolt on I want to do. Great finishing on those. And I just got an ashtray cover for my jazz cigarette this week!

    Keep it up!
     
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  13. Jsil13

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    The color really does look great in the wild. I'm hoping the clear coat will bring out some of the blue or green that mixed in there.

    The neck really does look awesome. I have pau ferro as a fretboard on my roasted maple Warmoth neck and I got a good deal on this blank. I'm planning on leaving it unfinished like my Warmoth neck. I sanded that one up to 2000 so it's super smooth.

    The two Telebird bodies I had ordered from Rosser. The first one came with the string through holes off center so they sent me a new one. I ended up dowling all the holes and made it a top loader. They're pine so they're super light, but I enjoy playing them.
     
  14. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    I had this piece of maple waiting to be cut so I figured I'd give that a go too. This one came out nicer but still not anywhere near perfect. I'm happy at long as they keep getting better.

    I still need to hit it with the spindle sander but it's getting there. I so have this piece of black limba or korina that should be thick enough for two necks. I don't want to cut into it quite yet. IMG_2625.JPG

    Here's the weird body that will hypothetically be getting the maple neck. Still need to route the control cavity. Thinking about a rear route, but the standard Tele one would probably be easier.
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  15. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    I got a good deal on this black limba blank, but I want to finish a few other guitars before I get back to work on it. I don't have a planer so one of my buddies took it down from 2" to 1.5". I have grand plans for it, but it's going to be awhile.
     
  16. adamsappel

    adamsappel Tele-Meister

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    I always enjoy threads like these. It's cool to see someone's inspiration and progress.
     
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  17. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    Running into some issues with the paint on the Tele. I'm wondering if it's a humidity issue. I did a test piece with the primer I used and the paint and it didn't wrinkle up like that. I also wasn't doing heavy coats.

    I'm wondering if I should sand it back down and start it over or if there's a way to avoid doing that.
     
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  18. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    In the meantime I routed out the control cavity and drilled the hole for the output on this guitar. I wanted to do a natural finish on this one but had a blow out with the router fixing the neck pocket width. I'm trying to fill it with sawdust and glue to see if that works. If not it looks like it'll get a solid color or maybe a two tone burst to hide the flaws. Image1532878680.420678.jpg Image1532878693.887781.jpg Image1532878708.872865.jpg
     
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  19. BryanLB

    BryanLB Tele-Meister

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    First build, making your neck from a chunk of Maple. That takes courage. I would love to try it but I feel I would fail miserably. Good luck, and happy building.
     
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  20. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    I was just thinking that TDPRIers aren't building much these days since the build challenges died out - and here comes your thread to cheer me up.
     
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