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First Tele build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by beerguy, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. beerguy

    beerguy TDPRI Member

    52
    Apr 5, 2012
    Portland OR
    I hope I did it right on this second try; I'm new here.
    Here's my first attempt at building a Tele body from scratch. I live in Oregon, and the thought of using CVG Douglas Fir for the body seemed perfect (it's the State tree) and I love that straight grain. I used the updated E plans from TDowns that can be found on this site, and had the power tools at home to give it a try. What started out as a gut-wrenching knot of fear and excitement ultimately wound down to the drudgery of wet sanding & polishing, but I think it was worth it. I bought a used CV Custom Tele for the neck, tuners, pups, etc. to get it up and running when the body was done. It's routed as a Tele for future options, but finished as an Esquire.

    Many thanks to Terry Downs- his plans were fantastic, precise, and greatly appreciated.
     

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  2. Moldy Oldy

    Moldy Oldy Tele-Meister

    338
    Jun 25, 2012
    Mission Viejo, CA
    Beautiful guitar. And welcome to the forum.
     
  3. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Age:
    70
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    Cool as a penguin's tail in a butt scootin' contest…. don't ya love building this stuff?

    Ron Kirn
     
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  5. Bonneybear

    Bonneybear Tele-Meister

    Age:
    55
    153
    May 29, 2008
    New Jersey USA
    Nice job. now do it again :?>
     
  6. Quake-caster

    Quake-caster Tele-Meister

    269
    Dec 7, 2011
    Central VA
    Looks great! I like your handle.
     
  7. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    57
    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    Now that's what I call an introduction! :D, welcome to the Home Depot! If your first body looks like that, I can't wait to see your first neck ;)
     
  8. Dep

    Dep Tele-Holic

    957
    Dec 22, 2006
    St Johns, Florida
    Love that grain. Nice work!

    Dep
     
  9. xMercury69x

    xMercury69x Friend of Leo's

    Nov 9, 2012
    Toronto
    Super nice, Beerguy!
     
  10. lookslikemeband

    lookslikemeband Tele-Holic

    557
    Apr 10, 2011
    CO - again
  11. Jfellows

    Jfellows Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 23, 2012
    Tracy, California
  12. jimdkc

    jimdkc Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    60
    Mar 12, 2009
    Independence, MO
    By my calculations, you now have an extra body sitting around... Time to build another!
     
  13. beerguy

    beerguy TDPRI Member

    52
    Apr 5, 2012
    Portland OR
    Yes, I do have a CV 50s Custom body leftover. I thinking of a maple neck on it; has anyone done that & have photos you could post?
     
  14. src9000

    src9000 Poster Extraordinaire

    Beautiful. Congrats.
     
  15. beerguy

    beerguy TDPRI Member

    52
    Apr 5, 2012
    Portland OR
    Update: I had fun with the Esquire version, but it was kinda one dimensional; I missed the 2 pickup blended position. Then I converted it to a Telecaster for awhile, but I had one that sounded better to me, so now it's an HH version, using Fender Blacktop pickups. I reversed the control plate too; I like the switch placement better.

    Maybe a Tele in name only now, but boy howdy does it crank! And that Douglas Fir grain just knocks me out.
     

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  16. beerguy

    beerguy TDPRI Member

    52
    Apr 5, 2012
    Portland OR
    I forgot to mention that I did use the leftover CV Custom Tele body.

    I changed the color to black from 3 tone burst, and added a maple CV 50's Tele neck from ebay. I tried a Seymour Duncan Broadcaster bridge pickup (with the stock neck p/u), but didn't think there was much improvement over the stock one, so it went back in. Reversed the control plate, added USA tuners, pots, switches, etc. That was a sweet guitar, but recently sold it on ebay to fund my next build, a Gibson Moderne. You either love it or hate it; there's no middle ground on that one.
     

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  17. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

    Jan 31, 2012
    Lake Jackson, TX
    You're right about that..............and I do.

    Nice guitars you built by the way.
     
  18. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    Oooh, you got to post the Moderne build! Pleez!
     
  19. beerguy

    beerguy TDPRI Member

    52
    Apr 5, 2012
    Portland OR
    My Moderne build is being posted at MyLesPaul.com>The Custom Shop>Luthier's Corner>Beerbelly's low-buck Moderne build. Many photos too.

    It's a build aimed at people who don't have all the pro tools and only some building experience. It's had a few issues along the way, but they've been resolved, and it's about to start getting clear coats.
     
  20. beerguy

    beerguy TDPRI Member

    52
    Apr 5, 2012
    Portland OR
    Yes, I read about them in Ronald Lynn Wood's book "Moderne- Holy Grail of Vintage Guitars". I bought the book before I started my build. Still seems like more questions than answers though!
     
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