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I chucked a guitar in the bin today

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by betocool, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. betocool

    betocool Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

    Jan 11, 2016
    South of Perth, WA
    At the time of writing this, I haven't come up with a suitable title yet. Should by the end.


    Today I threw my second build into the bin (trash can for our American friends). Not out of hate, not out of rage, not out of frustration, but in a kind of "be honest to yourself and feel free" way. It did look good from far away, and in pictures, but I had to let go.

    You see, I was never honestly very happy with how it (the guitar) turned out. I guess I expected too much and ended up disappointed. And true to myself, I think I forced myself to build it, rushed it, and then when it finished it was kind of an anticlimax. Basically the things I did like about it a lot were the neck and string settings (it did play really nice), and the electronics with the in and out of phase switch. But the neck was too heavy compared to the body, so I had to hold it up to play standing. The colour was not that what I expected after all, should have gone with something lighter, maybe? And the details were rubbish. The finish was bad and blotchy. The f-hole cutouts were far away from smooth, as were the sides. Later on I noticed I could hardly reach the upper frets with the shape of the cutout while playing. The bolt on neck worked very well, but it wasn't a smooth neck-body transition. And maybe, just maybe, I don't like double cutaways as much as I thought I would?

    I tried to sell it, but no one showed any interest, in the end I decided I'd recycle all parts (including truss rod) and waste the sucker.

    Positives to take out of this, well, I've got all the bits and pieces to build another one (not the same, I'm thinking along the lines of a single cutaway Casino style), the hardware is all in good condition, and I know which pitfalls to avoid next time (or so you'd hope, otherwise, what is the point really?).

    And now I'm building this LP Jr. inspired guitar out of some scrap wood my wife brought from the street a few months back, and some plywood for the neck which I had lying around the workshop. I started to build it because, well.. I wanted something to do during the Christmas break other that sitting in the pool all day and drinking beer. Something fun to try. And while it (guitar #3) will not be perfect (some new things to learn for #4), I guess I could be happier with it. We'll see. I also look at #1, an Esquire inspired build, and while the setup is not great, it's still pretty darn good.

    Anyway, that's that. I chucked a guitar in the bin today (See, there's the title). I'll live and learn.

    Thanks for your time!


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  2. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
  3. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    No Viking funeral?
    Deeve, Barncaster, devrock and 9 others like this.
  4. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I've been there and done that more often than I'd like to admit. When things don't go as planned I'd rather start again than have to live with it taunting me.
    Barncaster and mojoatomic like this.
  5. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 Tele-Meister

    Nov 30, 2016
    We've all been there. I've been working on this neck for a while and right at the end my router bit took of more than I wanted it to, now the neck isn't straight. Though I'll probably just shave the neck down straight and build a 5 string tele. And it was soooo pretty. You learn more from mishaps then successful builds. Ironically I had messed up the truss rod channel and thought I ruined it, made a piece to fit and re routed it. Then I went and ruined it again! IMG_7882.JPG IMG_7889.JPG IMG_7891.JPG
    SweetClyde99 and DonM like this.
  6. netgear69

    netgear69 Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 21, 2012
    That actually looks pretty decent
    maybe cut the sides off the body squared it up put a big nut on it and make a lap steel out of it
  7. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    Oct 16, 2015
    New Jersey
    Well - you recycled it. The parts will be put to good use, I'm sure.
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  8. joealso

    joealso Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Dec 25, 2012
    East Haddam, CT
    I don't blame you. Who'd want a blue guitar anyway?

    Just kidding. I love my blue Martin. Better luck with your next build.
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  9. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    Hang it on the wall as a reminder of how you've progressed in a few will make you even more proud of what you eventually accomplish.
    stratoman1 and brogh like this.
  10. Deegatron

    Deegatron Tele-Meister

    Feb 5, 2014
    Alberta, Canada
    I've done this to 1 of my previous builds with a 2nd planned for the immediate future.
    My vote goes for Viking funeral...
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  11. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    I always burn my screw ups, ...a leave no evidence type mentality :lol:
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  12. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Tele-Holic

    May 29, 2016
    I've been there too. After my second build I told a friend "next time I decide to build a guitar just tell me not to and go buy one" Now I'm building three. It's just so much fun working on them.
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  13. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Nov 5, 2010
    I decided to take this one out of the trash and hang it up high on the wall as a reminder to do better.


    Most of us have been there, just press on.
  14. unfamous

    unfamous Tele-Meister

    Jul 19, 2009
    North Georgia
    "...some plywood for the neck..." Yikes!
  15. LeftFinger

    LeftFinger Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2015
    Do like Kingma and hang it in a tree for a birdhouse . You would have him beat you have 2 apartments in yours:lol::lol:
  16. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    And yet that looks so nice!
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  17. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
  18. TwangyWhammy

    TwangyWhammy Friend of Leo's

    Jan 10, 2014
    South Hemi GMT+12
    The next one will be better...
  19. Mase

    Mase Tele-Meister

    Apr 20, 2016
    I get it. I have thrown out hundreds of dollars worth of timber etc learning how to build necks.
    Its easy to build a neck, but if its not as good as what i can buy off the shelf........ I don't want my name on it.
    Good luck with your next build.
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  20. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    I got a guitar OUT of a bin, a dumpster of a friend doing home renovations. I gave it to a young kid at a poor school I was working at the time, oders parts from WD MUsic, and he stripped it ( a Samick Strat) and he then went on to build a reasonably decent Strat.
    My collection will go to the Education Dpt. Music branch as a
    bequest to a talented kid who can't afford Fender Telecasters and a Stratocaster as well as decent Taylor acoustic.
    I came from a poor background and earnt a pretty good life. Let's give back- not trash.
    Remember what you throw away could be some kid's dream.
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