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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Jackadder

    Jackadder Tele-Meister

    346
    Jun 12, 2014
    West Australia
    The workbench wouldn't stand up to this, so it's on the floor.....
    missed some Wandoo earlier in the week but bought this baby home today - a 2400mm x 140 x 66 post of 80 year old Wandoo. Just need a table saw with a sharp blade (or three) and it's $1 fretboard city....

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    Bit of checking on one edge but the rest seems clean.

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  2. mux164

    mux164 Tele-Meister

    260
    Jul 28, 2013
    australia
    Another somewhat busy day today, noticed that the men's shed was open today so I grabbed all my tops/body blanks and so on to level them off and cut them up

    So first up is the top to an Ibanez build, it's going to have a strat neck since I got a great deal on them, got the Karri top glued onto the pine body.

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    Then I got some pine that was finger jointed and cut to size and made a router sled, it's together now (had to glue on extra bits to the side so the rail is snuggish) including the rail for the router, now I just have to put a bottom on it so I can stick bodies to it so I can chamber without worrying about the router falling in and poking through.

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    Working on a Chris Cornell style 335 albeit chambered. so I got the body and the top flat, so now I have the sled I can do the inner carves and glue the top on and level sand the perimeter.

    Also got a lovely Karri and black butt top to go on the pine bodies below
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    I nearly forgot about the SAF, sprayed the burst to see how t looked, just need to square off the back for the giant cavity cover, cut the cavity cover to size then that's nearly done

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    I think it needs a bit more black in the lower left

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    Is it just me or does an Ibanez pickguard look sweet on a Tele
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  3. Daniel94

    Daniel94 Tele-Meister

    138
    Oct 31, 2016
    Odessa, MO
    Yep I did, the burst on it was hand rubbed, used Fiebings leather dye thinned with denatured alcohol. I found that with it thinned enough it was easy to slowly build up the color till it was just how I liked it.
     
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  5. SacDAve

    SacDAve Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    65
    Dec 23, 2009
    Rocklin Ca.
    Something I made out of scrap Cherry. Saw something like it in a store how I came up with the design IMG_2683.JPG
     

  6. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Tele-Holic Vendor Member

    988
    Oct 27, 2012
    Northern California
    Beautiful job! I can not wait to take a stab at my first arch top. With so many ways to carve it'll be interesting to see what works for me. Do you build other acoustic instruments? Been thinking about making a mandolin based on my ukulele body. Loving this acoustic trip!!!
     
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  7. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Tele-Holic Vendor Member

    988
    Oct 27, 2012
    Northern California
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    This Resomatic Steely Archtop is nearly complete. Loaded all the goods into the body yesterday. Always fun when you have to go in through pickup routes to load electronics! Today I'll make the nut, install the tuners, mount the neck and string it up. Next stop for this instrument: Australia
     
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  8. Daniel94

    Daniel94 Tele-Meister

    138
    Oct 31, 2016
    Odessa, MO
    Thanks! Arch top is definitely alot more work than flat top, but is really beautiful when done!! I've started on helping my little bro build a soprano uke, but haven't made much progress yet. I plan to build an acoustic guitar in the next couple of years as well. The mandolin was my first instrument to build followed by a tele. I really enjoy the variety of trying different instruments! That'd be pretty cool to do a uke based mandolin!
     

  9. Swiftandbold72

    Swiftandbold72 TDPRI Member

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    Jun 10, 2017
    Plymouth

  10. mux164

    mux164 Tele-Meister

    260
    Jul 28, 2013
    australia
    Digging the punisher strap. Can't recall ordering a guitar though
     
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  11. mux164

    mux164 Tele-Meister

    260
    Jul 28, 2013
    australia
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    Single bucker in the bridge and arm and belly carves, rear route for the electronics.

    Although I could try to drill out the jack plate hole and have the volume knob up in that cavity but I don't have a bit big or long enough.
    I had a black pg but I don't want to cover the top, plus I'd have to put another pup in there

    Edit: pg wouldn't fit anyway, so the top will be the star of the show, the arm and belly carves will hopefully go to the contrasting wood, although I can carve the top now that I'm definitely not using a pickguard
     
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  12. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    35
    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Finally no longer on the bench. This guy rocks! Better pictures to come later.

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  13. Dewgits

    Dewgits TDPRI Member

    Age:
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    34
    Jul 16, 2016
    Rhode Island
    Here's my current projects:

    Old World Craftsmanship, just me and the chisel you see to carve these out.

    Okay, the cnc helped a bit too...

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  14. LeftFinger

    LeftFinger Tele-Holic

    881
    Aug 16, 2015
    Saskatchewan
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    All that needs is a couple wads of dried up chewing gum above the neck p90:lol::lol:





    but seriously very nice:D
     

  15. LeftFinger

    LeftFinger Tele-Holic

    881
    Aug 16, 2015
    Saskatchewan
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    Hubba Hubba
    I would make sure you had my mailing address but this seems to have showed up last week
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  16. Mark Grant

    Mark Grant Tele-Holic Vendor Member

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    Oct 27, 2012
    Northern California
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    Cutting up Forbon and drilling 3/8" holes. Making bobbins for the the 5 string pre-Ernie Ball pickup that's going in the bass build. These magnets are 1" long and hang far below the bobbins needing special routes in the body to accommodate. They are wound with far less wire than the Ernie Ball pickups. The EB pickups are wound very hot and have much shorter 5/8" long magnets. Anyhow, fun trip down a different rabbit hole! Have a great weekend everybody.
     
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  17. Zepfan

    Zepfan Friend of Leo's

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    My PVC built monstrosity won 2nd place in the CBN/CBGitty Plumbers Challenge Build Off and my prize was a $50 gift certificate from CBGitty.
    I got 2 sets of 3x3 sealed tuners(1 gold and 1 chrome) with screw in inserts and a set of pickups. The pickups and gold tuners are going into my Bo Diddly Tribute build making use of a silverware box I got from the thrift store.
    The pickups are slightly larger than a mini-bucker and made by Foundry-Tone(about the same size as their Snake Oil pickup). 1 measures at 9.8 DCR and the other at 9.85 DCR and they are 2 wire pickups and sell for $28 a pair.
    The tuners are of good quality(I've used them before) and they are a great value. The chrome sets sell for $15 and the gold sets go for $16.50.
     

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  18. Deneb

    Deneb Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Ukraine, Dnipro
    I congratulate you with the victory, Zep.:cool: You got a prize for a start of new projects!:cool:
     

  19. Zepfan

    Zepfan Friend of Leo's

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Thanks. I wanted some Filtertron type pickups for my BO Diddly box guitar, but didn't have the funds so the gift certificate came in handy. These are more like mini-buckers. Don't know if the magnets are ceramic or Alnico, can't find any info on them. We will see if they can emulate some Gretschy tones or not soon. Already working on the neck from some Red Oak. Don't know what the silverware box wood is.
     

  20. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.

    Congrats on your win, Zep! That's a nice haul of git-building loot you won! Look forward to seeing what it goes into. The silverware box sounds like it's going to be awesome.
     
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  21. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2010
    Spain

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