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Telecaster build project

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by JCL50, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    I'm currently building a Telecaster with a strat neck and a strat neck pick up.

    The objective is to have a classic-but-not-so-classic Tele for rock and country with maybe a hipshot b-bender.

    projet tele strat neck.jpg
    the pickguard will be copied heavily inspired after this one I had viewed on this forum
    tele-project pkgrd.jpg
    So far, I've built the body (a few years ago and it needs a little work), found a used strat neck, already had the neck pick up. I have the pots and selector.

    PROJET TELE EN COURS1.JPG

    I still need to order the bridge and the bridge pick up.

    I think I'll go for a Wilkinson Top load. Any good or bad experience with it?
    I'll have to fill the holes i had drilled :confused:.

    For the pick up i want a cheap vintage overwound type. I think GFS or Iron gear?
     
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  2. waltschwarzkopf

    waltschwarzkopf TDPRI Member

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    Cool! Tele body + Strat neck is one os my favourite combinations. Can‘t wait to see it finished!
     

  3. HairyChapter

    HairyChapter TDPRI Member

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    Sorry, no experience with top loaded Wilkinson, but I have used the stringthrough Wilkinson on several guitars and think the work great for the price.. If you have holes drilled for string through I would use them.. Just my opinion.. Cool looking guitar any way..
     

  4. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    I've received parts this week.
    For the bridge pick-up, I've decided to try GFS, and for the bridge, a wilkinson (by xxxxxx) convertible (string through and top load both possible)
    I'm still trying finishes on scrap wood.
    I'll post photos as the project progress...

    PIECES 27-08-17.jpg
     

  5. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    Little by little, mistake after mistake :) (not so many). It looks OK to me.

    I've chosen the finishing : amber yellow with medium brown pore filler.
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    The neck fits OK, The pickguard looks OK (not perfect but but can be fixed ) and I haven't drilled the neck pick-up hole yet.

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  6. William SantAna

    William SantAna TDPRI Member

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  7. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Holic

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    Too bad you weren't building an offset that pickguard would go nicely
     

  8. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    Trial assembly: everything seems to fit nice and snug.
    P9140171.JPG

    A photo "in context": I think it's going to look cool.
    P9140173.JPG
     

  9. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    I've ordered the B-Bender (Hipshot B & G bender and D tuner), I hope I'll learn how to play with that thing.

    Yesterday it was sanding day. Today, it was staining (amber/yellow) :

    P9170170.JPG
     
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  10. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    2 photos today while the sanding sealer is drying

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    The ash shows a few nice flames
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  11. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    Today, I did the pore filling with stained mud joint compound. didn't take photo, it looks too ugly right now. :(

    but look what was in the mail today :)

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  12. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    After sanding, sanding and a little bit of sanding, I can say sanding is not my favorite part of this build o_O.

    Now it's time for the first clear coats:
    I'm a little disappointed by my pore filler that looks good on the small veins but looks way too greyish on the large ones :(.

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    The back shows beautiful flames :)

    P9230175.JPG
     
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  13. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    I've decided how this guitar will be wired.

    4 positions switch classic wiring except I've switched pos 3 and 4 so the positions that I use the most, Neck alone and Bridge alone are like on a 3 way switch Tele and easy to get.

    This way I will have :
    Pos 1 - Bridge
    Pos 2 - Bridge and Neck in parallel
    Pos 3 - Bridge and Neck in series
    Pos 4 - Neck

    Maybe I'll tweak the tone cap or treble bleed values but it should be something like that:

    projet wiring tele 24 09 2017.jpg
     
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  14. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    While the clear coats are curing, a little soldering.

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    Not professional looking but it should do the job. I'll just have to wire the pickups and the ground wire from the shielding when it's done.
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    I haven't soldered the treble bleed as I plan to experiment with different values.
     
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  15. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Holic

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    Jan 4, 2017
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    Lookin' good.
     
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  16. callasabra

    callasabra Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 11, 2016
    USA
    I have a similar 4 way except my 2 and 3 are reversed from yours. It us a nice progression from neck to bridge.
     

  17. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    I have a little concern about the in 2 p-u's in series position as my neck p-u is pretty hot.

    The GFS tele bridge pick-up is 7.2 k. The Bill Lawrence neck pick-up is 10.9 k. I hope they won't sound too muddy in series.
     

  18. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    One more week to wait before wet sanding, buffing and final assembly.

    I couldn't help test fitting (placing parts without screwing them on) to have a preview of the approaching end result.

    Maybe a little too orange and the filler is too grey but all in all, I'm not too far from what I wanted :)
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    and the back is nice too
    PA110181.JPG

    and I will certainly put pin-up decals on it
    PA110178ret.JPG PA110179.JPG

    Now I just can't wait to know how it's gonna sound ;).
     
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  19. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    2 photoshops of what my pinups should look like:
    pinup dos.JPG pinup face.JPG

    It looks cool or not?
     

  20. JCL50

    JCL50 Tele-Meister

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    wet sanding. 600 almost done.
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