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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by adirondak5, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Been thinking about building a Snakehead for a while now , with winter at my doorstep its a good time to get started . I am not going to be 100% accurate but I'll try to get close , the neck I think I'll go 1 11/16" at the nut instead of the original 2" , also gonna go without a truss rod , body I'll make out of pine of some sort , 1 1/2" thick , I'd like to get some sugar pine but its tough to find in this area . The pickup I'll wind myself , gotta research that a bit more . I made a control plate out of aluminum , the pick guard I'll make out of garrolite , gonna order a Sankehead bridge from Marc Rutters , tuners I'll probably get from Stewmac . Here's where I'm at for now , still really in the planning , gathering stage.

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    Neck template ready to be cut and routed

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    1 1/4" x 1/16" aluminum flat stock

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    After some figuring and drilling

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    After some polishing and knobs and pots

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    Here's the garrolite for the pickguard , I ordered this Thursday afternoon at about 4pm , it was here Friday afternoon , McMaster Carr is the best!

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    Welcome to the snakehead clan :D. I'm pround to be the first thread pollution :D. FYI, Lowe's has pine laminate shelving 3/4 X 15 X 48 :), most is fairly knotty but then the original was two 3/4 boards glued together (from the amp shop :D) for a blank. Lowe's also has the same in Aspen, which I just bought for my upcoming Musicmaster, which is very clear,no knots, but sadly, not pine :(. Really looking forward to this ;)

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    Thanks Dave , you know , I've got a gift card for Lowes , I might just take a ride up there and see what they've got . Just got an email off to Marc Rutters about a bridge and neck plate and jack cup.
     
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    Can't wait to see this thing strike.
     
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    Hey Herb.......... I made an attempt at one of these a few years back. I have several picture of Fred Stuart's first Snakehead replica build when he was with the Custom Shop. I understand he took measurements from the original. I'll e-mail them to you if you like.

    After closer look at your headstock pictures, it appears you already have them.
     
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    That would be great Jack , and thanks a bunch , I'll pm my email to you . :D

    Also , I saw pics of yours in various threads here and gotta say you did a great job Jack , hope mine turns out as well.
     
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    Just saw this Jack , I did find quite a few pics online , but still thanks for the offer.
     
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    Thanks guitarbuilder , might just do that , didn't see anything at Lowes I would want to work with. I did get a gorgeous swamp ash blank from Ohlar about a week ago , great prices
     
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    Herb, nice job on the control plate. Tell us more about
    the Snakehead and your motivation for building one.
     
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    what kinda burst is that?
     
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    Were you looking at the ones vaccum packed in clear plastic (but then of course, yours may not have them, as ours does not have maple) laminated from strips about 1 3/4 wide? Oh well, even those sometimes are all knots. Sorry for the sidetrip :oops: :)
     
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    Thanks Glenn , well I'll tell what I know.
    The Snakehead Esquire was what IMO started it all , as far as tele's go , made from some 3/4" pine boards , laminated together , nothing fancy about it , but there must have been something special about it , even back in the late 40's . Its decendants are still with us going strong and not much about them has changed as far as looks/style goes except for the headstock.
    My motivation ,hmmmm , I would have to say I started thinking about this after seeing Jack Wells's pics of the one he built and Barncasters build thread on his last year , I like the looks , simplicity , utilitarianism , ruggedness , hard to discribe , just something about it I think is way cool. And yes , this is another build for me , I would never be able to by one of the Custom Shop jobbies unless I won lotto . But bottom line is to have a reasonable facsimile of the one that started it all , and holding a bit of history in my hands.:grin:
     
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    Thanks Brian ! :D

    That's a scrap body that I was practicing on with an airbrush .

    No worries Dave , yea , I checked out the ones in the vaccum packed plastic , they had quite a few knots , then I looked at their select pine , no knots but some splits , and just blah looking , I'll keep looking for now , maybe something decent will pop up .
     
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    Not a lot of progress today , but got a little done. Got my 1/4" mdf neck template cut out , routed the straight sides and sanded the transition to the headstock , got it pretty good to my liking.

    I use a 3/4" piece of maple clamped down over the neck template as a guide for the sides of the neck template from the nut to the heel , this piece of maple has a perfect straight edge.

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    A little more sanding on the ROSS and some hand sanding and its pretty good

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    I have a 2" x 6 1/2" x 30" piece of hard maple , its flat sawn but I think it will be ok , this neck is going to be thick , and this maple has been in my closet for almost 2 years and hasn't moved at all , its straight as an arrow. I gotta resaw this so I'll take it down to 1 1/4" thickness , that way I'll have plenty of thickness to run it through my planer and thickness sander and get it squared up perfect , I use my mag fence on the band saw , also switched out my 3/8 6 tpi blade for my 1/2" 3 tpi blade , it sawed good.

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    I can get 2 necks out of this piece , hmmm , maybe I'll make another one 2" at the nut.

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    WHAT?? No Flames?? Shame on you, Herb. I never.....
     
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    Perfect proportions ;), my all time favorite


    Hmmmm, you sure? :D. Trust me, this thing will spend more time in your lap than your belt buckle :D
     
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    Ha , yea , no flame on this one Mark , I don't know what I was thinking :p


    Thanks Dave , I like it so far .


    Yea , you are probably right , just tryin to make more work for myself as usual :D
     
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    A little more progress , got out the thickness sander and took the maple down to 1 1/8" , nice and square , that should leave me plenty of leeway , when I final sand it I want to be just a touch over 1"

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    1.125" , that's my number

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    Then I traced my outline from the template on the maple and went to the band saw

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    Rough cut

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    After a few minutes on the ROSS

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    It's ready for routing , that'll be tomorrow , gotta make a 3/4" routing template first .
     
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