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First Tele build

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

  1. beerguy

    beerguy TDPRI Member

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    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

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    Beautiful guitar. And welcome to the forum.
     
  3. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    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

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    Nice job. now do it again :?>
     
  6. Quake-caster

    Quake-caster Tele-Meister

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    Looks great! I like your handle.
     
  7. crazydave911

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    Now that's what I call an introduction! :grin:, welcome to the Home Depot! If your first body looks like that, I can't wait to see your first neck ;)
     
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    Dep Tele-Holic

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    Love that grain. Nice work!

    Dep
     
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    xMercury69x Friend of Leo's

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    Super nice, Beerguy!
     
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    lookslikemeband Tele-Holic

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    Jfellows Tele-Afflicted

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    jimdkc Friend of Leo's

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    By my calculations, you now have an extra body sitting around... Time to build another!
     
  13. beerguy

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    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?
     
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    Beautiful. Congrats.
     
  15. beerguy

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    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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    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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    nosmo Friend of Leo's

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    You're right about that..............and I do.

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

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity

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    Oooh, you got to post the Moderne build! Pleez!
     
  19. beerguy

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    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.
     
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    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

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  21. beerguy

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    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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