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What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    Activating my OCD powers and putting together the router sled I started a few weeks back. Spending far too much time trying to make it perfect.
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  2. A litte wet sanding and running a honey brown Cherry/Maple thinline over the buffer.

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  3. Clinchriver

    Clinchriver Tele-Meister

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    Apr 28, 2012
    Andersonville, TN
    New bone nut stainless steel frets in this cool old tele (1970 refinish, Fralins)

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  4. Steveinthesticks

    Steveinthesticks Tele-Meister

    126
    May 11, 2006
    Austin
    Using a Klein style template for the humbucker route
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    Drilling for the jack socket
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    And done for today
     
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  5. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    Looks like I am going to have to make a custom pickup for the 2 string bass project so it's time to dust off my old school pickup winder build and get it working. 20180702_175342.jpg
    The motor is too fast for the mechanical counter and it draws too much current for the foot pedal controller so there is some debugging to do. I have already blown up one of each.
     
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  6. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Could you use half a Pbass pickup? or the two of them HB style one in front of the other under the 2 strings?....

    might work..:)
     
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  7. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    This made my evening! She’s a beauty. There’s nothing that a little parts rummaging on eBay that can’t get this rig spinning properly. Well done sir. As far as a pickup configuration, two sewing machine spools fitted with A5 rods of opposite polarity and wired like a P-Bass pup would make a sweet home brew humbucker. Very cool!
     
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  8. epizootics

    epizootics Tele-Meister

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    Feb 11, 2017
    Lyon, France
    I bought one of those for my winder - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ENM-Mech...135993&hash=item25b0d21c07:g:UZQAAOSwo0JWPJrx - and it was the best 18$ I ever spent. It is small, sturdy, and it keeps up with my sewing machine motor even when I crank it up to a silly 6000 rpm (the baseplate is directly attached to the motor's shaft). The one downside is that it's a bit noisy, but otherwise, it's dead accurate. I used a timing belt and some CNC timing pulleys, which you can find all over eBay these days.


    +1 for Barncaster's 2 pole HB!
     
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  9. Slowisfast

    Slowisfast Tele-Meister

    186
    Jul 9, 2014
    Mt. Rainier
    Rolling the edges on this Strat neck
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  10. Meteorman

    Meteorman Tele-Holic

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    Dec 23, 2012
    State College PA
    wormy chestnut headstock face...
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  11. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    Tried that. The half P bass pickup hangs over the edges of the body and even angled looks wrong and too big.
     

  12. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    That's more like it the one I have is all plastic but only cost $5.00. A waste of $5.00 but still.
     

  13. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    Now you are making it too easy for me. Sewing machine bobbin humbucker will be perfect and totally fit with the vibe of the 2 string.

    Time to go shopping on Ebay. This winder has been gathering dust too long.
     
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  14. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I found the face of the hard hat guitar. I was thinking about a veneer to cover up the patch I had to put in when I found out the hard hat interfered with the switch.
    I think the patched rustic look is better for a rugged working man's guitar. :D
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    Nice f holes though and the pickup route is in the right position for the 24" scale.
     
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  15. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK
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    My trusty old ‘Number 2’ - an MIJ Fender Flame from the 80’s. Did lots of gigs with it but its taken a place behind an old Les Paul and an ES345 recently in the humbucking duties dept.

    I’ve got a pair of Gibson humbuckers with chrome covers that could look and sound lovely in it. It still shines up nice and has a great burst and subtle birdseye in the maple top.

    I want to put the bright and singing 30+ year old JB bridge pickup I put in into a strat.
     
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  16. YALCaster

    YALCaster Tele-Meister

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    Jul 24, 2017
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  17. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Tele-Meister

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    Feb 23, 2018
    Nawth Alabama
    Drillin' ferrule holes this morning for the "Sassquire" (body wood is Sassafras, this one will be an Esquire). Used the locator pin method in the drill press. Worked quite well. I spent some quality time deciding on the sequence of drilling, did about a dozen test-holes in scrap. Turns out that drilling the minor dia to depth first and then going in with the maj. dia Forstner bit left less tearout/cleanup for the edges down in the holes. A little bass-ackwards...but it worked best in this wood.

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  18. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I got some melamine banding to make the top of the router sled box more slippery.
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    And since I had the iron and the banding and the face of the hardhat guitar right there I figured banding is only one letter off from binding.
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    Very Nathan Daniel if I do say so.
     
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  19. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Tele-Meister

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    Feb 23, 2018
    Nawth Alabama
    Got some goodies in...time to get to work! PGs are bakelite. Pup is Mojotone "Broadcaster Quiet Coil"...and of course, I had to order different pots 'cause I didn't realize Mojotone recommended 500k (since it is essentially a humbucker). Kinda like having to make several trips to Lowe's...new pots will be here soon.

    Same goes for all the screws. I have phillips...but when the bakelite PG came in, the phillips head screws just looked wrong. Ordered slot-heads...forgot about the bridge mount screws. Make another order for bridge slot-heads, etc., etc.

    Now I'm thinking the tuners (Fender locking) are gonna look wrong...but the neck I have is drilled for modern tuners, so it will either have to do...or go on the next project...which means ordering a new neck for this one.

    Sigh. I know, first world problems. :cool:

    In any case, today's project is to finish the neck rout, drill the output jack hole and start on the fill 'n' finish test sample blocks. The two different fillers are a medium brown and ebony. I'm thinking there'll be more grain definition with the ebony...but really no idea. Might take a week to get the test samples done.

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  20. Mase

    Mase Tele-Meister

    122
    Apr 20, 2016
    Australia
    "Now I'm thinking the tuners (Fender locking) are gonna look wrong...but the neck I have is drilled for modern tuners, so it will either have to do...or go on the next project...which means ordering a new neck for this one.@

    or you could get conversion bushings and use vintage tuners ?
     
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