The Couchcaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Rjelecaster, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. Rjelecaster

    Rjelecaster Tele-Meister

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    Im starting my next build. Have started doing the mdf templates for the necks and bodies.

    I was all set on doing a normal tele from the swamp ash body blank I have. Im now thinking about doing a jazzcaster instead:

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    To make it a true couchcaster, I would move the input jack to the control plate and use a toggle switch on the lower bout to select pickups.

    Any comments?
     
  2. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Only that it sounds like a good idea. I like an offset shape.
     
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    I love my jazzmaster but my tele is way more comfortable to play in a couch.

    The big offset lower bout make the jazzmaster a little awkward
     
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    Maybe short scale like a Jag? That seems like it would be more comfy on the couch.
     
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    KISS, use the 'simple' Duo-Sonic pickup toggle selecting circuit!
     
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    well this escalated quickly, already plotted and glued on to mdf

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    I basically loaded a few pictures of jazzcasters and the Tdowns tele drawing as external references in autocad and started drafting. My most favorite shape did not have sufficient space available for a tele control plate, while others that did had to much going on behind the bridge. So I switched things around until I had something I thought looked ok and would fit my two piece my body blank.
     
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    Im not sure how much the lower bout resembles a ture jazzmaster, Ill keep this in mind once I have sawn out the template.

    Good suggestion, but in the true spirit of Leo, I'm keeping things modular, and thus 25.5 in ;)


    ah... 2009, when these things were still original!


    simple is my middle name, no wait, its my nick name!
     
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    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

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    Look at your diagram and this will make a lot of sense, based on where the lower curve wants to sit on your leg. Looks like it's too late now so hope the shape you have chosen works out great. The idea of a couchcaster is a good one, as it seems I spend a lot of time playing there myself.
     
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    The point of no return has yet not been reached. I have merely glued the drawing on the mdf plate, the body blank can still either become a tele or a telemaster.

    I basically started off doing this because I had read repeatedly about Jazzmasters having been designed for being played while sitting and were supposedly wery comfortable that way.

    Here is a comparison between a tele (black), Jazzmaster (blue) and the shape I have been working on (red).

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    I have been changing the front a bit, so I think I will have to print it out again and glue over the plotted drawing.
     
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  11. 10orgtr

    10orgtr Tele-Meister

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    I'm really liking the red shape. Just a thought though, perhaps move the Tele control plate maybe 3/8" toward the bridge, it looks a little close to the edge as is.
    Cheers,
    Woody
     
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    I second this. built my couch caster with a 24-5/8" scale and it's not quite short enough. LOVE that guitar to death but a true couchcaster needs a nice short scale on her...
     
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    Ok, point taken gentlemen.

    I have three necks to make. One of them will be a 24 inch conversion neck. It will be fun to figure that out.
     
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    That shouldn't be too bad to do. You know where the bridge has to be in relation to the neck pocket for the regular scale neck to work. Just work backward off the bridge to locate the nut and you have your neck length. And if memory serves me right, a 24" scale's fret layout is the same as the 25.5" scale with the first fret cut off.
    Cheers,
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    Just what I had in mind.

    I also modified the contours still and shifted the control cavity a wee bit. Now the distance to the edge of the body is the same as for the tele.

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    And all by itself:

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    That's interesting to know. I'm planning a 24 inch scale build sometime in the future, so this would be very handy.
     
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    I'm also liking the look of this design. Can't wait to see how this comes together.
     
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    It looks very similar to the meteora :) i'm liking your take, it's slightly different an lees " pointier ", lower arm pocket is way better on yours:)
     
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    This is what it would look like with a 24 inch conversion neck:

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    Where should I place the bridge axis in relation to the saddles?

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  20. brogh

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    uhm, just a note...

    i think you might need to recess the cavity a little bit, like half inch, just to play it safer, looks close to the bridge, the switch might get hit during yeah well.. Rock N Roll !!! :lol: i know it's probably in the same place as a telly, I've heard some people complain about it, I reversed the plate :p, it might give it a more willowy look

    does it come in sunburst with a maple neck and black pickguard steel medium jumbos and a 4 way switching ? :D and how would it look with a full 25.5 ?

    when can i place an order ? ;)

    cheerios
     
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