What's on your workbench today?

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

  1. Freeman Keller

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    So I was out in the shop minding my own business (installing a p/u ring on my tele) when one of my jazz playing buddies walked in with three Gibson cases. He said the tone pot in the old 335TD (I think its a 1962) finally died - I had squirted contact cleaner in it a few months ago but figured it was on its last leg - could I replace it? And the 335Dot (I think its a 1990) needs a setup. And oh, yeah, there is something wrong with the nylon string Chet Atkins solid body but I can't remember what it is, can you fix it?

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    The Chet was pretty easy - the volume pot was noisy and intermittent - contact cleaner to the rescue. Tied some new strings on it, replace the battery and I think it will be OK. (Interesting guitar, sent some pictures to Moodivarius since he is building something sort of similar).

    The 'burst was a pretty straight forward setup - the relief way huge and I really hate torquing on a Gibson style truss rod. Every time I do it it reinforces my decision to use double acting rods.

    The old black one (actually has some really cool wood grain that shows thru the finish) requires fishing the wiring harness out thru the f-hole and I need to psych myself up for that. In the mean time, I brought the Chester and the 'burst in and put them next to the tele with the new ring - got to play them all tonight.

    Life is pretty darn good.
     
  2. Moodivarius

    Moodivarius Tele-Meister

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    Started another Acousti-Tele

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  3. Itchyfeet1000

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    A spalted beech tele for a charity auction. The weather here is great so the garden is my temporary workshop.

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  4. Moodivarius

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    Built a mini distortion circuit to mount in my Acoustisonic Tele I'm building.

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    I'll mock it up in a different guitar for testing before installing in the Acousti-Tele.
    Less than an inch square.
     
  5. Itchyfeet1000

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    Finished one spalted BeechCaster and made great progress on another.

    The last body blank I had was a little thin so I've added a cap made of good quality birch ply and rounded over the edge to make a feature pf the ply layers. I'm delighted with how it's coming together.

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  6. jarpat

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    Today I started a totally pointless repair job. I recently bought a cheap acoustic guitar even without seeing it. It looked black in the pictures, but when the dude came to us with it - it was horrible blueish-green. I checked the neck and there was a huge hump on the fretboard where it joins the body - typical. I also looked that there was quite a lot height on the lower saddle and thought that I might stick a piezo pickup under there.

    But it was ugly and the neck was bad, so I didn't jump right in to it. It was there in my room just beeing ugly for about two months. I had thought about painting at least the back of it to black. We sometimes talk about "campfire -guitars" here, but I was not sure if this was meant to be played or burned. Today I decided to start with it. I started to pull the frets out. They were in a good shape so I stick them in the right order to be used again if possible. I spent 25eur buying it and it may never be over 100eur guitar, so I'm doing this like "budget fix", but also for practise. It's better to practise with this rather than ruin a 1000eur Gibson someday..?

    Then I started to flatten the hump. It was suprisingly easy. I thought that I'd sand the headstock too and noticed that the color was all in the lacquer. The fretboard wood looked kinda nice and I realized that dreadnoughts are always with black fretboards - why? I'm thinkin to leave it blonde now. I started to sand also the frontside (the backside will be black, no idea to sand it all over). Managed to remove the pickguard and bridge also in a good shape to be reused. We'll see how this thing goes further.

    I really hated the looks of it and didn't want to start anything with it, but after I got this far - it really is a nice project!
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  7. freatles

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    my first tele (sorry too ugly for photos) :p
     
  8. cleanheadsteve

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    maybe. but it sure is a nice one


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  9. Itchyfeet1000

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    Covered the thinline with epoxy. Might need one more coat then it's ready for assembly.

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    Doing the final set-up on this 19.5" scale baritone ukulele.

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  11. hopdybob

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    what a great looking uke, at first i thought it was a normal guitar.
    the position dots remind me of my washburn A20 that i had long time ago.
    what kind off pickups do you have in there?
     
  12. crisscrosscrash

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    Thanks! They are the alnico Korean knockoff Firebird pickups that you can get from Bezdez on eBay -- they're *probably* Artecs?? Anyhow, 30$ a piece and they sound great!
     
  13. hopdybob

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    its a beautiful built, if there was a comment, than it would be that the trem is a bit dominant on the total look.
     
  14. Zepfan

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    Love it. The pickups are probably minibuckers with Firebird covers, but they can be converted easily if you want to.
     
  15. nickhofen

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    Flat sanding and finally polishing day today.
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  16. tone57

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    Gorgeous, Nick. Just great.
     
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  17. Freeman Keller

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    Just wanted to wrap up the OM saga. Its done, off the work bench and into the parlor. A couple of glamour shots

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    Now what am I going to do?
     
  18. CraigB

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    Looks just like a "bought one " Freeman, good stuff!

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  20. nickhofen

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    Thanks a lot,much appreciated!
     
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