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Modified Telebird

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by 2blue2, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    I've been looking at all the Telebirds lately and have been Inspired!!

    I want to build one too! I hope it turns out nice and won't become another Tele abortion.
    Besides got to do something with this pile of African Mahogany.


    Inspiration Photos;

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    I like the pick guard and wide range hum bucker on the blue one.
    That Mahogany one is just beautiful.
     

  2. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Which one is a Telebird and which one is a Firecaster?


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    There all cool....
     

  3. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    I got this piece A. Mahogany 28 x 13.5 x 13/16, and this unfinished black bound tele neck.


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  4. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    26B2B638-1248-4E9D-AFD4-F9971410ADC6.jpeg DA871331-E50D-450F-B2E5-5767A57B0B88.jpeg This neck has some crazy grain and a sharp vee carve. Just been dreaming of he right project for it.
    So first up my trusty tele jig and a firebird pickup jig. Note hi tech dust containment system ( yeah it’s a bucket )
     

  5. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    On to the paper and scotch tape engineering


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    I printed out prints at 90 percent size and started juggling them around. To tame that big lower bout the pick guard is tucked under a crooked half inch.
     

  6. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Paper onto MDF
    Rough cut and start routing


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  7. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
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    Just changed routing directions for last little bit and tragedy

    Not as bad as it looks in pic. Only an 1/8 under the jig. I already shrunk the size some so an 1/8 more wont mater
    S_•+. happens just keep moving forward .
     

  8. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    6AEB9FDC-FE0D-4749-8D2B-E73DBB7B1F19.jpeg Alrighty all better

    Dust containment system is working at full capacity.
     
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  9. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    0628E315-24E6-4DA9-B898-003A60E5735B.jpeg 5D6E5E76-BB31-4B5E-BC72-C1FAABF4E103.jpeg Top boards are not quite wide enough so I glued some strips on.
     

  10. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    Does anyone know if a strat trem would fit in a non reverse bird body?
     
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  11. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
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    Still not wide enough to cover so I’m glueing one more
     

  12. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    I think it would but back cover might be an issue if center section is raised.
     

  13. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    35
    494
    Feb 14, 2017
    Boston, MA
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    Here's one that I put together and another one I'm working on. I didn't build the bodies however. IMG_1597.JPG
    This is my first attempt at that body shape in two piece black limba. I'll be paying attention to this thread for sure.
     
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  14. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    One more piece gets me there barely




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    On to some chambering with my stick jig.


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  15. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    I found that pink one in the online images and almost used it at the start of this thread. I like its pick guard shape.
    The Black Limba is gonna be nice.

    Where I tried to shrink mine, its gonna be a little funky, hope its ok.
     
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  16. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Thru the magic of inter web here it is.

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    Don’t laugh at my dowel holes
     

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  17. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    I held it on the scale and got 5 and 3/4 lbs.
     

  18. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    35
    494
    Feb 14, 2017
    Boston, MA
    I tried to copy that pickguard for the blue one, but the acrylic kept cracking on me. Straight lines are much easier. Haha. I might go with a rear route on the new one and then think about the pickguard. I really like the grain so I don't want to cover it up too much.

    They are huge guitars. Even with a tele headstock it's like playing a baritone guitar, but they are fun to play. Whenever I play shows with the pink one it confuses a lot of people.
     
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  19. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Thus the mild shrink I'm trying.

    I like the strat trem idea but go full on Strat O Bird....
    Probably got to have three items to make it ~ neck, pickups, and trem.
     

  20. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Haven’t quite thought out switch, jack, knob locations.

    Lack of planning can be cured by asking my TDPRI buddies there ideas and suggestions.


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    Tele plate is a bit crowded but I like it for the “Telebird” aspect.


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    Really likeing the just knobs thing
     

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