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I Built An Esquire.....................

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jack Wells, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. lewis

    lewis Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Very cool.
    Let us know how it sounds/plays when you get the bugs worked out.

  2. Darrell

    Darrell Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    Absolutely Stunning


  3. Dennis68

    Dennis68 Tele-Holic

    Oct 3, 2003
    That's wonderful !

    If there was a Partscaster Hall of Fame, that would get my vote for a "instant inductee"!

  4. vic108

    vic108 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 25, 2005
    Greenbackville, VA
    Re: That's wonderful !

    Well stated Dennis...

    Great work there man!
    Gives ya chills just lookin' at it.

  5. jerry68

    jerry68 TDPRI Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    WOW! That's all I can say... WOW!!!

  6. Sunburst Island

    Sunburst Island Tele-Holic

    Jul 5, 2004
    You've gone a GREAT job there jwells. I'll second that and chime in on a Hamel Pickup too. I can't image what the Broadcaster p-up sounds like, well... then again ...the Standard set is immaculate and lively, I bet the Broadcaster will get you there and then some. BTW, I can see what you mean about the neck. Plain hard rock maple, flatsawn or quartersawn would look perfect on your guitar, but what you've got is unique looking and puts the guitar in its own spot. Looks good as is. Enjoy!

  7. tdowns

    tdowns Former Member

    Nov 8, 2003
    I'm not sure why I didn't post a reply to this earlier, because I meant to.

    This is just simply awesome. I don't know how much of the Tele community understands what you have done. Many of us know that it is a replica of Leo Fender's first soild body prototype. You have recreated it in stunning detail.

    Let me say as a hack guitar builder that most of "us" rely on buying pieces and assemble partscasters. Sure, I have finished bodies, but your craftmanship is a step above. I keep looking at you aluminum control plate. I didn't know aluminum could be polished that shiny!!

    So, how did you profile the pickguard? I guess you routhed it from a template. If so, how did you make the template?

    Again, great work, and thanks for sharing here.

  8. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Oct 19, 2003
    Albuquerque, USA
    How I made the pickguard.........

    Terry and others,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    As I mentioned above I collected all the pictures I could find. The are some good pictures here.....

    On the body I measured the distance from the control plate to the end of the lower horn. I took a picture of the guitar body and cropped it from the control plate to to the end of the horn. I resized this cropped picture to the measurement I had made. I then printed it actual size. This gave me an actual size print of the pickguard. I cut out the pickguard shape ....... glued it to some 1/4 in masonite .......... rough cut the shape on the bandsaw... then sanded the masonite to the final shape. This was my pickguard template. I taped the template to the pickguard sheet .......... rough cut the plastic ....... then used a pattern following router bit and a router table to get the final pickguard shape. I rounded the top edge of the pickguard with sandpaper and used really fine wet or dry sandpaper to give it a matt finish.

    By the way Terry ............ thanks for bringing this thread back from the obscurity of page 2.

  9. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

    Amazing. Best homebrew ever shown here, without a doubt.

  10. µ¿ z3®ø™

    µ¿ z3®ø™ TDPRI Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    golly, what a fabulous recreation of guitar history.
    nice job.
    also, because U chose to go w/ a truss rod in the neck, i kinda like the unusual, 'incorrect' birds eye.
    another PUP option would be one of fred stuart's blackguard creations.
    i have a black esquire pine prototype and these 'pinecasters' are quite usable and very unique sounding gee-tars.
    great job.
    lets here what Ur impressions are when U get the PUPs sorted out.

  11. txspreacher

    txspreacher Friend of Leo's

    Jun 21, 2004
    Hey, Jack, I never got around to posting re: this, either. But, let me echo Terry's sentiment that the crafsmanship just amazing on this! You'll have a hard time following up this one! How long would you say this project took?

  12. PraiseCaster

    PraiseCaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Uh :eek: Wow!

    I mean, :eek: Wow!!

    Now I have to mop up a lot of drool!

    terry is right, some might not know how great of a job this is. When I first saw that photo, I thought it was a photo of the real deal, till I looked harder, and saw that it was pristine in condition, and the grain on the neck was just to nice and modern looking.

  13. sabby

    sabby Tele-Meister

    Jun 29, 2005
    Youngstown, Ohio
    Everything everyone else said x2. Bravo!!!

    :eek: :eek: :eek:

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