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Greetings from the north

Discussion in 'Welcome Wagon' started by MrTortoise, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. MrTortoise

    MrTortoise TDPRI Member

    Dec 4, 2008
    Hello folks.
    I live far in the north in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and for years I have had a dream of making an electric guitar. Of course I have been in love of the Telecaster since I first saw it. There is something absolutely perfect how the oval outlines contrast the straight, geometric lines of the strings and the pickguard and control plate. A perfect fit, exellent balance. Not to mention the tone - it gets under your skin.

    Two years ago, after years of classical guitarplaying, I purchased a Godin Freeway Classic, in fact an excellent instrument but now I´d like to add a Telecaster to my small collection and of course build it myself entirely. I´ve read Melvyn Hiscock´s great book on electrical guitar making thorougly and I look at the project as a long journey, where I need to take care in every step, because it is very important to focus on the work, every detail matters; "The devil is in the details". Since I am an artist I think it helps to approach the guitarmaking just like my paintings.

    This forum is terrific (I´ve been browsing here for a month or so), professional guitarmakers are sharing their work and knowledge. Everybody seem to be very enthusiastic and friendly. No arrogance here, just humble respect.

    So. I´ve started my work, I bought wood (alder) cut it down, laminated, thickness planed, made a jig of MDF from the famous drawing of Mr. T. Downs. I´ll cut the contours soon and hopefully I´ll finish the project within a year. The neck, though, is the most complicated part and I fear it a little. If I screw it up I can always buy one.

    ROADMAN Poster Extraordinaire

    hello Mr. Tortoise...welcome ..sounds like your on the way to Tele heaven...I'll bet you'll be using one of these on your build....

  3. fenderix

    fenderix Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 17, 2003
    Welcome to the TDPRI, MrTortoise! Yet another Telecaster fan - nice to have you among us.

    Enjoy! :)
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  5. DustyDave

    DustyDave Tele-Holic

    Feb 10, 2008
    Santa Fe, NM
    Welcome to the forum. Reading about all these builds here makes me want to try it too. Definitely a rich source of info for building, and playing, too.
  6. goz211

    goz211 Tele-Meister

    Jun 30, 2010
    Perth, Scotland
    Hello up there in Iceland from another 46 year old a bit south of you in Scotland. I'm interested in how you'll be playing your Tele once it's built.

    Are you going to use a plectrum (a pick) or play with your fingers? I notice you've mentioned a classical background.

    I switched to fingers only on my Tele a few months back.
  7. Blustele

    Blustele Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 30, 2012
  8. FrankJames

    FrankJames Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 9, 2008
    Ohio, USA
    Welcome to the forum !!
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