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Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by joekumpan3, Jun 18, 2016.
Beautiful work, Joe!
I don't think so, we don't have low humidity days in Hawaii.
Thank you very much. I am getting impatient, I just want to throw it together and try it out!
Thank you! I am having a lot of fun doing this one.
I placed the control plate and tailpiece on the body to check the fit of the pickguard and it appears that the control cavity is about 1/4" too low. I'm going to trim this one but I may have to make another one. I'll try for a 1/8" gap.
The body looks good and I'm not going to polish it just going to leave it as is. Put some feurrels in and attached the bridge. The holes line up ok. I will now need to drill neck holes
Just got done hand reaming the tuner bushing holes, not my favorite operation so far. After I make sure the frets are level and drill the mounting holes I am going to try this Behlen's fingerboard treatment on the whole neck, except the lacquered face of the headstock.
I trimmed the pickguard a little and there is a gap next to the tailpiece but it will work.
I got this silly little neck plate it's kind of goofy but I like it.
Looks great !!!!
Thank you very much! I will try to get it finished soon.
I marked the depth on the bit with blue tape, making sure it wouldn't come out the other side. It's good.
I clamped the body and neck together and used a piece of thread to find the center all the way down to the bridge.
I could only drill one hole with the clamp attached so I marked the other holes by tapping the bit with a small hammer, then I hand drilled the other three holes. The neck fits good and it seems like I will not need counterweight.
This is a good picture of the actual color.
I marked the pickguard for holes and I will drill the control plate holes too while I am at it.
Almost there! I have to enlarge the tuner bushing holes some more. They are still tight and I don't want to split the headstock. Then I'll drill holes for mounting the tuners. Then take it all apart and oil the neck with that Behlen's rosewood oil.
Oh yeah got to make sure the frets are level too.
That looks great!!!!!
Thank you! I really wanted to accuentate the neck and pine with each other. I think the gold makes a difference too it wouldn't be the same in chrome or nickel. Hope it sounds good and doesn't just look good.
I drilled the mounting holes for the control plate and the pickguard holes straight through the pickguard and into the body. Countersunk the holes and added the screws.
I have to solder the pickup to the controls and add the jack socket and the body will be done.
I wasn't sure if the frets had been leveled so I marked the tops with sharpie pen and lightly leveled them. It went pretty quick they must have been pretty close already so I recrowned them real quick and proceeded on. I wasn't too sure of the Behlen's fretboard oil because I have never used it so I tested on the bottom of the neck that would be in the pocket.
Wow it really brings out the grain and makes the rosewood look great. I did the rest of the neck but not the fretboard. Here you can see the difference between the dry headstock and the rest of the neck.
So the directions say coat well and if there are any dry areas in ten minuets then reapply then wait 30 minuets and buff lightly with a rag.
Meanwhile I have to solder the pickup connection. I made sure to leave plenty of lead wire I seem to cut it too short a lot of times.
I opted to not use a vintage style cup jack holder even though I think they are super cool. I am using one of these.
The predrilled jack hole is at a bit of an angle so this doesn't fit completely flush but it isn't terrible, so I'll leave it.
I added some strap buttons too.
Here is the buffed neck. It has a much better look to it now.
I did the same thing to the fretboard side and truthfully it looks better than the lacquered face of the headstock. I pressed in the tuner bushings.
Put on the tuners and drilled mounting holes.
I think the gold works very well with the all rosewood neck.
Last little piece is the 50's style round string tree. I really love these.
Here it is all strung up and ready to plug in. It's raining really hard but I will post better pictures in the daylight. The nut isn't glued down yet and needs to be lowered a little. The neck is huge!!! I had ordered a 60's style that was thinner but got this one. I will rock it for now but I may thin it slightly in the future. I wonder if it works?
When I ordered parts I got this bottom bobbin for a set of blade humbucker tele bobbins that I have. I guess I will have to build another guitar to fit it in the future.
I plugged it in and it sounds pretty good! Unfortunately the forward position on the toggle switch doesn't work. The rear and middle do. I'll open it back up and make sure all the solders at ok and that I didn't miss anything. It also looked like the bundle of caps and the resistor were going to touch. Maybe that's why fender started taping them. It's fun to play even with high action. I wish I knew how to play slide it would be perfect right now for that.