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Jazzmaster Guitar Build

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Loco85, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

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    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
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    HI all,

    Just got my new Jazzmaster body in the mail. Pairing it up with a rosewood strat neck.

    Double humbuckers and a 3 way switch.

    Excited to do this build. My first humbuckers guitar.

    The neck is tight. Seems like I have to either bang it in or lightly sand it in. The body is basswood so no problem in sanding it.

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    I also got Tone Emporium PAF humbuckers for this build too. Canadian distributor so I didn't have to deal with exchange rates.

    I'm looking to do a stain finish. Not sure if I should do light or dark yet.

    Wish me luck.
     
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  2. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Anyone have experience with staining Basswood Guitars?
     

  3. maloburro

    maloburro Tele-Holic

    710
    Feb 3, 2012
    ca
    Where did you get the body?
     

  4. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    88
    Jun 30, 2007
    Swanton Ohio
    Wishing you good luck on your off set body guitar..I was hoping to see a Jazzmaster..
     
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  5. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Thanks

    Lol I ment to write Jazzcaster.
    Sorry for the confusion.
     

  6. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada

  7. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Couldn't resist a mock up photo.

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  8. maloburro

    maloburro Tele-Holic

    710
    Feb 3, 2012
    ca
    Thanks for the link. It looks great. Interesting you decided on the short tele bridge. How do you plant to finish the body?
     

  9. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    HI malo

    I didn't have much of choice with the bridge. The builder of the body pretty drilled for a Wilkerson half tele bridge.

    After buying the part and putting it on as a mock up can't say I'm displeased. Think it looks rather nice.

    As for finishing it, I want a stain finish not painted. I'm hoping to pop out some grain (tinted wood filler). Still now sure of the colour yet. Something that compliments the rosewood body.

    I've always loved the rosewood telecaster so might go that route.
     
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  10. rootvalue

    rootvalue TDPRI Member

    5
    Jan 20, 2010
    Oregon City, OR
    You are going to be devastated when you stain your guitar. From personal experience, trust me, it will never look anything like a dye will. Look into Transtint or Mixol dyes, one bottle will last several projects. Dyes penetrate the wood to make the grain pop instead of sitting on the surface.
     

  11. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Great advice

    Will probably go this route.

    I made a baritone ukulele several years ago and the sides were made of basswood. (For ease of bending)

    The stain did not show the grain at all. But then again it was hobby wood so I though it might be that.

    Do you have any photos of your past experiences using dyes on basswood bodies?
     

  12. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    So i decided to stain the body.
    I had varathane gel stain special walnut around and liked the look. Looks like the grain still poped out nicely.

    I sanded...180 - 220 - 400 then stained
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    I then began the finishing and im using a brush on varathane.

    More to come.

    Planning on sanding between coats. With 220 grit.

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  13. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

    Nov 28, 2006
    USA

  14. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Second coat on the top and 3rd on the sides 1507002274433.jpg 1507002278472.jpg 1507002284743.jpg
     

  15. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    The two products im using for the body finish 1507002555954.jpg
     

  16. Jupiter

    Jupiter Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Yeah, that looks all right!
     

  17. Loco85

    Loco85 Tele-Meister

    126
    Jan 18, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    Getting some good progress in this Guitar today.

    2nd coats of finish applyed to front and back sides.

    Planning on painting pickup, control plate cavity in black photo ops.

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  18. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    You might want to do the control cavity in conductive paint for added shielding. Either that or copper tape.
     
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