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Just showing off my first build!

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by scottymc, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. scottymc

    scottymc TDPRI Member

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    Apr 28, 2010
    Harrisburg, PA
    Just wanted to post a few pics of my first build! I had a ton of help and insight from a lot of you TDPRI members, and am super grateful for freely passing along your wisdom.

    So that said, here she is! Started life as a $15 piece of 4x4 kiln dried Douglas fir from HD, is now a light blue metallic (super close to Agave Blue) tele with a tummy cut, Am Std neck, Noiseless neck pup, SD 1/4 Pounder bridge, and a 4-way switch.

    As my first build, it’s far from perfect (or even really all that great in many ways) but I’ve learned a toooooon, such as:

    1) It’d be better to route your neck ever so slightly too deep than too shallow (and have a neck that sits too high). I realized only after totally finishing my build that the neck pocket was 1/32” too shallow and needed to be routed down..

    2) Fir is really soft. Like, really soft. For a guitar anywhere. Impossible to keep it from getting dinged up along the way. But, it’s super easy to work with.

    3) In regards to finishes, off-the-shelf Duplicolor auto paint & clear coat is a great starting point for novices like me. I’ll probably do this approach again, but look for more custom colors.

    4) Also in regards to finishing, it’s necessary to spend more time in that final stage of wet sanding / buffing to really get a nice gloss. I’ll need to spend more time on this on my next build.. as my first one i didn’t get the shine I hoped, BUT I actually kind of liked it as a semi gloss, so kept it.

    5) Tummy cuts!!! Super easy to do by hand and make you feel like a rockstar on your first build.

    6) Finally, i learned that you don’t build just one guitar. I’ve caught the bug prettttty hard. Even sold one of my teles to fund a bunch of tools.. (teach a man to fish vs giving him fish, right?)

    Like I said, far from perfect, but in all a super fun project, great experience, and knowledge I’m already putting to use on my second, third, and fourth builds in the works :D and to be fair, it’s actually a pretty solid playing and sounding tele!



     

  2. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Looks great!
     
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  3. troy2003

    troy2003 Friend of Leo's

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    Schwiiing!! Looks awesome.
     
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  4. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Afflicted

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  5. scottymc

    scottymc TDPRI Member

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    Apr 28, 2010
    Harrisburg, PA

  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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  7. fendrguitplayr

    fendrguitplayr Poster Extraordinaire

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  8. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Holic

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    Looks good to me.........how does it sound?
     

  9. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    Most Impressive!.....Did you build the neck or order one? Echo JeffBlue.....how does it sound? (and play?)
     

  10. scottymc

    scottymc TDPRI Member

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    Apr 28, 2010
    Harrisburg, PA
    Thank you! I didnt build the neck this time around (hoping to invest in some speciality tools in the neck couple months to make that happen tho), it’s a USA neck I pulled from another partscaster I have. It plays pretty well, and sounds good too. Currently trying to figure out an electrical issue tho where my signal cuts out when I strum hard... ?
     

  11. davo8411

    davo8411 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Nov 8, 2011
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    Nice and clean!
     
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  12. rze99

    rze99 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    Looks great - excellent choice of body colour - well done! I hope you are inspired to do more.
     

  13. scottymc

    scottymc TDPRI Member

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    Apr 28, 2010
    Harrisburg, PA
    Hey thanks! And oh man, absolutely! Definitely caught the bug. Such a fun process, already have several other bodies in the works.
     

  14. esetter

    esetter Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Sep 1, 2011
    MI
    Nice! That color really looks good!
     
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  15. Nickadermis

    Nickadermis Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    That looks impressive! I hope it plays and sounds great too !
     

  16. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

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    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    Nice! I like the body color, pickguard and maple fingerboard. Any sound sample?
     
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  17. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 15, 2014
    Maine
    Dude, that's awesome! Great color, nice work. What's number two going to look like?
     

  18. Artslap

    Artslap Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Nice work.

    Cp.
     
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  19. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    Good job, you are justifiably proud! Have to run threads on your next builds!
     
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  20. televillian

    televillian Tele-Meister

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    Oct 3, 2013
    Clarkdale, AZ
    congratulations, you`ve only begun
     

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