New Member Poplar Tele Build

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

  1. BuddyLee

    BuddyLee Former Member

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    Looks and sounds great. You have some major skills bro, as a metal framer I have much respect for your jig building skills. The magic behind the making.

    Will your next one be out of poplar again, or are you going to try ash or alder or something?
     
  2. Bill Scheltema

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    Buddy Lee

    Thanks for the great words, it was definitely fun and I learned an aweful lot from the other members. And yes the jigs do help with the building process.
    This is only my first build, I am looking forward to the next one and see what else I can come up wit, now that I don't need to concentrate on the jigs I already made.

    Here are my next set of bodies. (2) poplar (1) sassafrass.
    One of them will be a dbl binded body, maybe the sassafrass with a darker finish.

    I have to say I really like the poplar, it seems to respond nicely and its easy to work with, plentiful and less expensive, its not as light as swamp ash but it isn't uncomfortable either, plus it doesn't need grain filler.

    Bill
     

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    Sassafras, isn't that a drink ? :p The pickups sound good but it's hard to tell what's unique about them when you dont have anything to compare them to. You get a general idea but if you played the same track using different pickups then you could compare the differences. It would be really cool if there was a thread with just sound clips of pickups guys made and how they made them. That way if you found the sound you were after you can just look up the specs and away you go. Too much coffee, starting to ramble now.
     
  4. Bill Scheltema

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    Hi Shepherd,

    Your absolutely right about the pickups, since these are my first I will use them as a base point to go from, of course hearing them live is always better than over the net, but I have to say the more I play them the more I like them.
    Once I get some actual feedback from players then I'll know where to go from there.

    A database of pu specs with sound clips would be nice though.

    Bill
     
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    I'll be interested to see how that sassafras turns out, Bill, I see there's quite a few sources for it online...Oh and nice job on the tele and the pickup winding, looks and sounds very nice!
     
  6. Bill Scheltema

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    Thank you,

    I wish I was a better player, I used to be when I played in bands in the late 70s & 80s, now I will just have to practice more.

    Yes, the sassafras will be interesting, it smells nice too like licorice.

    Link to sassafras info

    Bill
     
  7. dandhr61

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    nice work bill, well worth the wait for sure. I have one of thoses $20 nonames from A&M in my neck and a homemade in the bridge with 43ag and Alnico from a stew-mac kit. Alder and maple. my neck pick up sounds far darker then most teles I have herd. Great job!!! isen't it fun to play homemade guitars.
     
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    Another tool adaptation

    So, here is another adaptation for the jack cup installation tool using a socket, worked for me.

    Bill
     

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    A little vid

    Ok,

    I got my son to take a very quick video of my Tele, very basic, but hey why not, noone else seems to want to so I will.
    I'll do others as I get the time.

    Bad lighting again.

    Bill
     
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    Sounds pretty dang good, there Bill. Congrats.
     
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    Sounds pretty good to me!
     
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    Hey Bill, love the work you done! Great stuff. Wondering where you got that Sassafras lumber from? I had been thinking about that wood for a little while now, but didn't think much cause it's such an odd wood. Made a cane out of it this summer, real strong stuff, real beautiful too with a little Minwax red-oak and gloss poly finish!
     
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    hey, thank you.

    I got the sassafras from A&M Wood inc. they deal in specialty and exotic woods. I was actually doing some test dyes on a cutoff last night. A nice dark finish is what I am going for this time with a dbl binding.

    Will post pics as I go of course.

    Bill
     
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    Onward

    Well I have a semi pro jazz-blues player who will run my tele through its paces soon. He has owned teles before and his son is supposed to be real good as well.
    Also my sons grade 7 teacher is in a band and owns a few telecasters apparently and one of them is worth $1800 according to my boy, not sure which model yet, he actually played in class for the kids, cool teacher. He heard I make teles and he really wants to see it. It will be interesting to hear it up against some serious teles. Man do I wish I had an amp now, I sold my 70's deluxe reverb to an old friend, he'll never part with it now.

    Should be fun.

    Bill
     
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    Oh man

    Yes, yes I already saw that. I'll have to wait a bit though on that.

    Shepherd, how are you doing man. I'm lovin my tele.

    Bill
     
  17. 52Tele_lover

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    hey bill

    what router bit should i use on your neck shaping jig?

    Cheers Jeremy
     
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    52Tele Lover

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    I am using a 1/2X1" flush trim bit and I rotate the neck slightly to minimize the stepping. I have had no trouble.

    Bill
     
  19. Mojotron

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    Yep I discovered that this weekend - small steps at the end, make sure the bit is in the middle of the jig and rotating the neck as I'm moving it left to right - works great and comes out much better.
     
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