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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by asax, Feb 7, 2016.
very sweet! now if your fingers can produce that Jerry magic you are on to something!
I never updated this thread. I was making this for my brother in law while my sister was losing her battle to breast cancer. I told her I was making it for him but sadly she never got to see the finished guitar. He is a great man and this project was my way of showing him how much he means to me, and that I am so grateful I he made her short life the fullest it could have been.
headstock thicknessed with outline of volute:
trusrod channel routed on router table while neck blank is still square and untapered,
I used the offcut as a drill guide for truss rod access:
gluing filler strip over truss rod and gluing on headstock ears:
The neck was then tapered by first sanding the top flat on a piece of granite with adhesive sandpaper stuck to it. A top profile template was made and double stick taped to the neck. I cut close to the line at the bandsaw and finished at the router table with a bottom bearing pattern bit. The same template was used to tper the fingerboard.
headstock face plate:
The overlay was cut from a piece of ebony. The mother of pearl inlay pieces were first dawn on paint.net then printed out. the patterns were then glued with elmers to the MOP blanks. I then cut them out with a dental drill and filed them smooth:
The pieces were then tacked to the headstock plate and scribed with a scalpel. Chalk was rubbed into the lines then i carefully used a dremel with a base to rout out the space for the MOP
the pieces were then set into epoxy resin with some black dye added to it:
Sorry for your loss. Your build looks great!
the headstock overlay was then roughly cut to shape, the trussrod access opened up, and glued to the headstock before final shaping.
meanwhile the neck profile was shaped in with rasps and finished with a random orbital sander
Since this was my first build I bought a pre made fretboard I did have to drill out for the inlay dots and side markers though:
the inlay dots were glued in with tinted epoxy as well, then the tpered fretboard was glued to the neck:
The heel area was planed to 4 degrees. I then clamped the neck to the body, double stick taped straight pieces of wood around it, and used these to outline the neck pocket. Most of the waste was removed at the drill press then the rest with a router mortising bit guided by the stuck on pieces of wood. I did apply thick plastic tape to the guides so that the pocket would be snug. After confirming that the center lines, neck angle, and height were good I glued in the neck.
Making the hardware:
The brass pieces for the tail piece, switchcover, and pickup ring were first printed out from photos edited in paint.net. These were then rubber cemented to brass sheet. Holes were drilled and lines were rough cut with a jewelers saw. Lots of file work and a bit of shaping on the bench grinder.
polished with many grits of sandpaper and a buffing wheel. Same for the pickup ring and switch plate. Finished brass parts with brush on poly.
I made a pattern for routing out the pickup cavity. One kickback scared me pretty good, so I ended up drilling out the waste and finishing with chisels.
The bridge was located by string up the high and low e strings and propping up the bridge on washers and moving the bridge around until the strings were properly over the fretboard and the intonation was good with the high e saddle allmost all the way forward. I marked the location then drilled for the studs. Access for the groundwire from the studhole to the electronic cavity was made.
A groung wire was placed from the hole to the electronic cavity before hammering in the studs.
The electronics consisted of five way selector switch for the pickups, mini toggles for splitting the humbuckers, master volume and, separate tone controls for bridge and neck.
Almost left out fretting:
I built a fret wire bender and used it to prebend the 24 frets
the frets were hammered in and trimmed, then the ends filed. I used a sharpy to mark all of the frets then leveled them with a stewmac leveling beam with adhesive sandpaper on it.
I polished them with sandpaper and steel wool, nowdays I use stewmacs fret erasers. Ive also bought a fret rocker and diamond crowning file since then to make my life easier.
You're a good man.
Final finishing was many layers of truoil with light sanding between every 3d coat. If I was to do it again I would have done some pore filling first
Final pics of my first guitar build:
Nicely done! That's your first build? What's up next?