Now its my MJT Telemaster build

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by ifallalot, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. ifallalot

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    (I snaked a little bit of the title from Hawk's thread)

    Here's the parts when MJT ordered them.

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    And I got an email yesterday with the finished parts

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    I have a Seymour Duncan Broadcaster set ready to go in as soon as I get it, but I'm undecided on a couple things, as its definitely going to get a Bigsby

    1. Wiring: I'm pretty sure I'll just go with standard Telecaster wiring, but does anyone have any ideas to switch it up a little within the confines of a standard Tele P/U configuration?

    2. Bridge: Go with the full-plate MJT, go with the GE Smith, or go with a Bigsby-plate style? I realize the standard and GE Smith will have to be modified, but that's what Dremels are for.

    3. Bigsby A: Slap it together first with a standard bridge or wait until I order a Bigsby?

    4. Bigsby B: Go with a standard B5 or go nuts on a B16?

    Any and all opinions are encouraged and welcomed
     
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    I'd say a 4 way switch would be a great idea.
     
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    +1 on the 4 way. I do it to all my teles. I would do full-plate (not a fan of Bigsbys).
     
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    Turned out really nice!

    I personally dislike the 4 way series position, but tinkered with doing a cocked wah position as part of a 4 way.

    Can’t help with the bigsby questions - not my thing. Enjoy putting it together!
     
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    Wow that is a work of art... Love it. Congrats!
     
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    That's a nice relic job. Can't wait to see the final product.

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    I like it, a lot. I'm no Bigsby expert but a B5 should do just fine.
     
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    Push pull pot to reverse the neck, Baja style

    As I presume you are planning to gift it to me, please don't Bigsby it, and keep a nice big tele bridge plate for me. I believe it has a magical magnetic effect

    Ps this looks great, and I am not a person who thinks that very often
     
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    Looks great, I have a mjt strat with a very similar finish.
    I wouldn't put a bigsby on that but that's a personal choice thing.
     
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    I’ve never played a MJT guitar, but popular opinion has it they play just like a well favored old friend. I’m not a fan of Bigsbys. Mostly because they cover up a beautiful finish.
     
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    When Warmoth (got one here) and later Fender did their body designs, they relocated the control route toward the centerline by half an inch? It looks like MJT left the route closer to the lower bout, maybe in the original tele location -- and it looks great! The way the lower curve of the pick guard continues into the control plate and the end of the control plate not hanging out in space as much. I like that a lot
     
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    Gosh darn MJT does amazing work! That thing looks great. I'm no help on the Bigsby. I have a 4 way on both my Teles - I use that position very rarely. It's nice to have the option but, not something I'd suggest is a must by any means.
     
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    I had my days off over the weekend and got started. From the initial assembly, I'm glad I got a heavy relic finish as I've had some oopses. This is my first time assembling a Partscaster that requires this much work, so its a great learning process.

    First, I used the soldering iron trick to install the ferrules. This worked great and was easy. Just heat up the ferrule when its in the hole, and use a piece of dowel that fits inside of it to push down

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    Next I went to line up the bridge before I drilled the ground wire hole. I was nervous about this part but when I went to make the pencil marks there were already divots for the screw holes

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    On @-Hawk- 's suggestion, I got a long, skinny bit for the ground wire hole

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    Unfortunately, I did not take his other suggestion first to create an angle template and drilled straight through the back of the guitar since I thought I could just eyeball it

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    I filled it with wood putty. I didn't get a pic of it post-sanding but it came out alright. I'll just put some white paint on to match the other relic scars

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    After the putty dried, I made a template

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    Hole came out much better this time and went into the control cavity like it should. The filler on the bottom was for the first, screwed up hole

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    Nice recovery! That’s a very difficult hole to get right. I’ve seen some really mangled ones. It definitely will blend right in though.
     
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    Now for the most scary part for me. My body came not routed for a side jack. I don't know if this is normal or not, but I bored one out myself.

    First, I used a 3/8 drill to go from the body into the control cavity. I went most of the way with a normal sized bit but that wouldn't reach, so I ran to Home Depot and bought another one of those long DeWalt bits in 3/8 to reach the last inch or two. $12 bit for two seconds of work kinda sucks, but hey, at least I have more tooling for later.

    I taped over the hole in prep for the routing bit I was about to use

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    Since I was making this hole myself, I decided to use a football jack instead of a Tele jack cup since I knew this wasn't going to be super clean using a hand drill. I bought the required 3/4" bit and bored out the hole. It chunked on the edge but wood putty filled that right in

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    I sanded it down (no pic yet) and am waiting for the worn football jack I ordered
     
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    I have this ready for when the football plate comes in.

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    Then I'll wire up all the pickups, mount the hardware, and the drill and install the pickguard
     
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