New Member Poplar Tele Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Bill Scheltema, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Bill Scheltema

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    Final finish thoughts

    As you know us canadians are not as fortunate to have nitro readily available in aresol form.

    I found a supplier in Toronto, Goudeys which is where I got some nitro clear in rattle cans.
    I had 3 cans of deft which I used on the body, I used to goudeys on the neck.

    What I didn't know was that it was a precat nitro, not the non-precat.
    I wasn't told it was a precat, and I never thought to ask.

    Question, aside from curing alot faster, are there disadvantages to using it?
    Does it burn in the same as standard nitro?

    Bill
     
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    Soo So close

    Well I am nearly done my first build.

    All thats left is nut setup, put on pickguard, add string trees and final intonation tweaking and such.

    I have the pickups hooked up and did a test run.
    I have to say I am real pleased with the pickups, it sounds real real nice.
    I will have sound clips tomorrow night I think, even without the final intonation I was able to put some playing in on it.

    I would love to hear this Tele on a nice tube amp too.

    I'll get better pics as well, I was in a hurry.

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    Well that looks damn near perfect! Great work Bill.
     
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    Thanks Jaydawg,

    Its hard to be objective but I am 90% happy with it.
    I'll get sound clips up and then we can really say its yeah or neah.

    Did you read my post on you winding thread and magnetizing?

    Bill
     
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    Being objective with your own instruments is very hard. If you're anything like me, no one is more critical or your work then you. So here is an outside view.............That is a fine lookin' guitar!
     
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    BTW,

    I used your nut calc gauge for laying out the string locations.

    Thanks

    Bill
     
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    Cool. I've been using it in my shop with good results as well. I'm usually within 0.005 accuracy between strings. Might be a little overkill but I like it.
     
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    Yers it worked nicely.

    I will be keeping the slots a touch high since I don't have proper files yet, that way I can tweak them when I do and not ruin the nut.

    Thanks again, I wish the pic was better.

    Bill
     
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    Nut Filing solution

    So I am now on to sizing the nut.
    I havent gotten proper nut files but have this solution which works well for the E,A,D,G strings.

    The plexi keeps the tip cleaner from warping and I can only go so deep once I hit the plexi I am at the limit.

    The photos speak for themselves.

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    Sound clips

    Okay,
    I have a few sound clips for you guys. I used the emulated output from the marshall amp I am borrowing to the mic in on my computer.
    Note: I am more a rythm player than a lead player.

    Same chord progression
    http://www.wightman.ca/~billscheltema/rythmbridge.mp3
    http://www.wightman.ca/~billscheltema/rythmmiddle.mp3
    http://www.wightman.ca/~billscheltema/rythmneck.mp3

    Jazz in neck position, by no means true jazz.
    http://www.wightman.ca/~billscheltema/jazzneck.mp3
    Old rythm part from song in a band I played in
    http://www.wightman.ca/~billscheltema/ry.mp3
    Mix it up
    http://www.wightman.ca/~billscheltema/mixup.mp3

    I'll throw more up later.

    I am not quite done with the intonation but wanted to give you something to here.
    For my first pickup winding, I am happy how they sound.
    These clips are strictly for hearing the pickups.
     
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    I'll add two thumbs to that
     
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    I think my sound card is screwed. This computer at work is almost 8 years old. I'll have to listen at home tonight.
     
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    Those pickups came out nice. The first three sound like a Love and Rockets song. I really like the jazz clip!

    And that plexi jig you made to hold the tip cleaners...............Brilliant!
     
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    Good job, Bill!
     
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    Wow

    hey, thank you guys so very much.

    When I did the recording the volume was low to keep from distorting on the computer end of things so I really couldn't truely here what was going on, so I coulnd't respond to the guitar as I normally would, I'll fix that and add more.
    I want to borrow an SM57 from a neighbor and mic it, I have to say the PUPs sound really goo, to me anyways.

    The action is still a bit high, but it is still nice to play, I'll keep lowering it over the next few days till i am happy with it.

    Jaydawg, yes that little plxe backing makes filing much easier for sure, more control.

    Well John,
    I still want to come up with my tele to see you, not sure when but maybe closer to November? We'll see. I'll let you know.

    Again, thanks to all you guys, its been alot of fun.

    Olaftheholy, my parents will be in Appledorn next week for some holidays.


    Bill

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    Great job Bill. Sounds pretty good, and looks good too. Yes, get a mike, and crank it up on the amp a bit to hear some of the dirt. Great pickups, though.

    You should be proud of all of the gizmos you've made to make this guitar happen. We appreciate all of your hard work, designs, and documentations. How does the compound radius neck feel? I will apply what you've done to whatever I get a chance to do, if and when I can. Thanks.
     
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    Thank you for the great feedback.

    Yes I will crank her open.
    I'll be gone till Tuesday on a fishing trip near the French river.
    Next week I'll get more sound clips.

    I am really glad some of you have benefited from this thread.
    I am looking forward to getting the tele into the hands of other players to get their reaction and response.
    Maybe I'll get to make more.

    Thanks man.

    Bill
     
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    Sorry I forgot,

    The compound radius feels nice and very natural.
    I am not totally happy with the feel of the finish though, it not real "fast" as they say.
    The lacquer was a precat nitro and I am not sure if thats why.

    I'll do things differently next time.

    Bill
     
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