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Tauro woodworks?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by dankilling, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. dankilling

    dankilling Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 28, 2014
    Lehigh Valley, PA

  2. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I can't say I have purchased from him, but he lives the next town over. He cnc's the bodies. I met the guy that built his cnc router. He really can crank them out and makes very little on each one as far as I can tell. I'd give a body a shot if I needed one and recommended him to people who asked me to make a body the last few years. His ebay ranking is pretty good. He operated as Hilimire guitars on ebay for a few years too although I think somebody bought him out. A couple people here have some of his bodies. He did a couple checkerboard guitar bodies that were cool.

    http://pittsfordlumber.com/Pittsford-Lumber/instruments.html
     
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  3. Festus_Hagen

    Festus_Hagen Tele-Meister

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    Jul 6, 2016
    Jeff City, Mo.
    I just got one a few weeks ago. The neck pocket end was rounded, like it had been chipped. I sent him a couple pics, he told me basically they were all like that, I was stupid and to send it back.

    I tried them because I try to source suppliers that are good and will do custom work. I couldn't get any communication from them before they sent it, but after I told them and showed them it was faulty, they had no problems calling me names and sending me multiple rude messages. Lesson learned.

    Here's what I'm talking about ....
     

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  4. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County

    That's supposed to be rounded there when you are done.....the roundover bit rounds it up to that point with a radius. Those edges need to be trimmed back some, but I see what you are talking about. For 55 dollars or whatever you paid it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. Why didn't you send it back if he offered? I'm not defending the guy as I never ever even met him, but I have dealt with enough people by selling my bodies on ebay to know what he's up against. He should have current pictures of the exact item, as it would save everybody a lot of trouble. You would see exactly what you are getting.

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=302637957004


    http://www.warmoth.com/Guitar/Bodies/Options/GuitarNeckPocket.aspx
     
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  5. Festus_Hagen

    Festus_Hagen Tele-Meister

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    Jul 6, 2016
    Jeff City, Mo.
    I wasn't paying the 20.00 to ship it back. I make tables from the junk bodies I collect. This will make a decent table, but it's about 8 pounds. :eek:

    No biggie, but I've never seen that round before on any raw bodies I've had. The first link is the one I bought. I see what you are saying from the second link, but this isn't that neat or clean ...lol.

    Maybe they were more finished, but there just isn't any meat on the sides of this pocket once I get to trying to widen the pocket enough to fit a neck. I have not done that, not sure if I'm gonna mess with it if I don't have to.
     

  6. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Again, I'm not taking his side but his wood cost is about 21 dollars. Then there is the overhead, the glue, the time, the elec bill, the router bits, the gas to go to Bristol to buy the wood and to the P.O. etc. He's making about 10 dollars an hour on a good day. You got a pretty good deal. We don't have swamp ash around here, it's all Northern Ash...and the bodies weigh a ton. They are good for thinlines though. As far as the shape it looks pretty much what would come off my cnc router too.
     

  7. Festus_Hagen

    Festus_Hagen Tele-Meister

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    Jeff City, Mo.
    Oh I know they were cheap. They have good reviews too. Mine wasn't a good body.

    Like you said, if they showed the real body it would help. I tried to communicate many times before they built/ sent it, but nothing. They had no problems cussing me out a dozen different times afterwards though, even when I didn't respond back.

    That showed me all I needed to know. Stay with who I know.
     

  8. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County

    There's no excuse for poor behavior on the part of a business.
     
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  9. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    May 31, 2014
    austin
    I got two ash esquire bodies from them for $50 each. Bodies are ok, the neck pockets are a little light, nothing some quick sanding didnt fix. My only complaint is that they are both very heavy.
     

  10. Festus_Hagen

    Festus_Hagen Tele-Meister

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    Jul 6, 2016
    Jeff City, Mo.
    Mine was ~7 pounds. The top of the body was not planed down very good and it has "waves" in the body.

    Too bad. 50 bux a body is a bargain. Now I know why.
     

  11. Loudog99

    Loudog99 Tele-Holic

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    Jul 29, 2009
    Howell, NJ
    I just received a basswood tele body because it’s 3 lbs. Quality looks good to me. Clean routes, 2 pc body, and he did a humbucker neck pocket route as a free option.

    My neck pocket looks the same and as mentioned they all do after they are routed. Quick work for an exacto knife and emery board. Neck holes are too small, but I’ve seen Fender bodies with the same issue. Ferrules holes are fairly close to perfect.

    Body still had machining marks, but these appear to be straight from the CNC. I can’t build a body so these are perfect for me. All the hard work has been done, ready for rough sanding with 80, 100, 180, 220 to prep for finish.

    I’m doing a satin vintage white chalk paint finish on mine. As far as I’m concerned, miles better than GFS XGP bodies in this price range.
     

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