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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 got the Tele all primed. It's automotive primer and according to the instructions I'm to sand it with 600 or higher before I lay on the paint. It went on really smooth, so I might just hit it with 1000. IMG_2776.JPG IMG_2777.JPG

    Tomorrow it goes from gray primer to Jeep Anvil.
     
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  2. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Looking good!!
     
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  3. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    Sanded with 1000 grit this morning and got the body feeling smooth as glass. After the first couple of color coats I noticed some scratch marks that just have been from sanding yesterday. I could probably live with them, but I think I'm going to spot sand them out and then repaint those areas. I don't know how I didn't see them. Maybe I need some better lighting in my work area.
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    What do you guys think I should do? The ones on the front will be hidden by the pickguard.
     
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  4. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    I ended up sanding the flaws I saw. This paint is pretty great. Drys quick, sprays nice, and I didn't get any runs. I should be done with the color coats now. Not sure if I'll need to sand it again before I hit it with the clear coats. I don't think that I'll have to.
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    I'm going to give the paint a few days to cure before I start to clear. I've been using the miniwax aerosol lacquer on my other finishes. I did a test piece before I started painting the guitar and didn't have any issues, but I'm nervous now that I'm getting close to finishing this guitar. I've already refinished it once.
     
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  5. The Angry Possum

    The Angry Possum Tele-Meister

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    Can't go wrong with Tru oil, great job so far bro... I had originally made a boo boo on my 2nd Tele build.... I used a Minwax all in one classic maple satin finish first, then i sanded it down with a poly pad, then i applied a puritan pine stain only, let the new stain dry for 5 days thoroughly, because it wouldnt dry right away, as im not sure why, and then i tru oiled it. My body accidentally came out really nice.

    I love tru oil, its Magikal.

    Heres the accident... Lol. Im digging the two stain of All in One Minwax, A Puritan pine, And a tru oil finish.

    This build costed me only $120 bucks. Everything included except for the stain, tru oil, and the headstock decal, which I already had.

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  6. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    Man that came out great. I was planning on trying tru oil on that other body but I hadn't thought about using it over a painted finish. Is that possible? Hmm. Might have to get back to researching.

    I'm doing another test piece with the miniwax just in case to prove my paranoia was just that.
     
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  7. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    I was planning on leaving the neck raw and just sanding it to 2000 grit, but after wiping out down with naphtha I'm considering trying a few coats of tru oil on it. The grain just looks so nice.
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  8. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    So I glued in a little piece into the side of the neck pocket. It's pretty small so it might be tough to shape, but I figured I'd try this before just keeping it as it was.
     
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  9. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    This is what I'm thinking for the pickguard on the Tele. Not the shape obviously, but acrylic back painted silver. I did the same thing in gold on the sparkle telebird.
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  10. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    Thank you. I appreciate it.
     
  11. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    I got the final color coats on yesterday. I also back painted a clear humbucker ring silver. Can't really tell how it will look until I make a matching pickguard. Just for fun I thought I'd do a mockup. IMG_2799.JPG IMG_2800.JPG IMG_2801.JPG IMG_2802.JPG IMG_2803.JPG

    I'm still going to sand a bit before I start the clear coats. It's a bit textured. You can see some of the grain popping through. Maybe I should have grain filled? I didn't think alder needed it. Regardless I'm happy with how it's coming along.

    I also have the neck sanded up to 600 and it feels great. I'm going to build a fret bending jig today or tomorrow to try my hand at that.

    I also got offered a job at a local music store that specializes in guitar pedals which I'm pretty stoked about. The luthier there is the one I've been bringing my stuff to too, so I'm hoping to sort of apprentice with him if I can. At least I'll be able to ask questions and watch him work. Everything is coming up Millhouse.
     
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  12. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    That sounds like a great opportunity for learning. Good luck!!
     
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  13. The Angry Possum

    The Angry Possum Tele-Meister

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    I just made a slight mod pickup change to my $120 tele, I put in an old Japanese Strat neck pickup in it. It sounds real nice. I had to route the neck cavity and pickguard slightly with a Dremel.
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  14. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    I'm in the process of clear coating the Tele body now. I'm glad it will take a whole lot less than the sparkle guitar. Haha.

    I'm also in the process of making a fret bender. Just need to track down a few more parts. I used cutoffs from both necks and one of my bodies, so it's maple, Bolivian rosewood, and black limba.
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    The tru-oil just came in today so I can start learning how to do that with some test pieces.
     
  15. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    To give you an idea of what my workplace is like here is one wall.
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    This also came in today. A 1967 Rickenbacker 950. It's a weird but cool short scale.
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    All original with the original case. Pretty cool.
     
  16. Jsil13

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    I've got the final coats of clear on the body today. It's looking pretty good. A couple of minor runs but the best job I've done so far I think.
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    Now is the time to wait for it to cure. Normally I'm too impatient and rush things but I have a few irons in the fire to keep me occupied this time around.

    I'm also testing out tru oil for the first time on a cutoff from one of the necks. I'm really liking it. This piece had three really light coats on it. Here it is next to a uncoated piece.
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    It really does bring out the grain.
     
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  17. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    I may be addicted to building necks. Probably because I haven't made it to the fret work yet. I ordered a few more pieces of wood for me to work on. Both are roasted curly maple. The neck blank is wide enough for two necks, and the fretboard blank is neither radiused nor slotted. So I'll be putting in an order for more tools from stewmac. This is the fret blank Image1534298330.294125.jpg

    And this is the neck blank
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    Much like my coffee both are darker roasts.
     
  18. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    I've been on the road for the past few days but my wood came while I was gone. I'm really happy with the neck blank. The figuring is very three dimensional and it's wide enough for me to cut two necks from.

    The fretboard blank is pretty rough but still pretty. It still needs to be radiused and sanded, and I think it will clean up nicely. Considering I sourced them from different vendors they match pretty well.
     
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  19. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    While I've been busy waiting for paint to cure, working, and playing gigs I just received this little package in the mail.
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    Can't wait to test it out after this weekend's shows.
     
  20. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    So I cut a test piece on some scrap rosewood someone had given me. I love this saw set up. It just makes it so easy. IMG_3031.JPG
    And here is a piece of roasted curly maple.
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    I also scored a nice piece of curly maple from Lowe's today. A lot cheaper than buying it from an online guitar specialist. $20 and I got three blanks from it.
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