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Working on my first custom shape. Could use some help.

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jsil13, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

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    It's a five way switch like a Strat. The on-on-on mini-toggle is a mod of mine that puts a dummy coil (magnet free Strat pickup) off on in series or parallel with the pickups. Kills about 90% of the hum and gives it a particularly nice sweet Strat like tone in parallel.
     

  2. philosofriend

    philosofriend Tele-Holic

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    Don't be afraid to make a lot of those stiff paper templates. Stare at them and anyplace that you notice as being not perfectly awesomely beautiful, make another template with that area changed. Moving a curve 1/16 of an inch can make a huge difference. It is worth it to take a lot of time on this. If it seems not quite right on the paper, it won't get better in wood. Cool project!
     
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  3. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Meister

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    Thank you. Good advice. Similar to what I did before I got my first tattoo. I carried a drawing around and looked at it for a year before I permanently added it to my body. Haha. So kind of the same.

    Once I get two suitable ideas to choose from I plan on building mock ups out of some scrap wood to get a better idea of what they look and feel like with a neck bolted on.
     

  4. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Meister

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    Sounds killer man. I couldn't believe how much those P90s hum when I first used them. I love the sound just wasn't expecting them to be noisier than my tele pickups. The on/off toggle switch is what I used to use on strats to turn the neck pickup on in any position so I could get that neck and bridge combo like a tele.
     

  5. nresponse

    nresponse TDPRI Member

    I think this one looks better than the first. I think moving the flat input jack area to the lower curve and rounding that section would be something to consider.
     
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  6. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Meister

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    That one is still my favorite as well. I think what I'll try is to match the radius on both horns and I'll try to move the jack to the bottom. I'm using electrosockets so I could probably just round off that corner and still keep the jack in the same spot. Thanks for the input. I appreciate it.
     

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  8. John Nicholas

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    One suggestion to keep in mind, do the round over before drilling for the electrosocket. Otherwise the bearing on the router bit will put that hole into your roundover.

    It's looking really good. Keep experimenting until you love the design.
     
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  9. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I can't look at that guitar; it messes up all my carefully-scheduled purchasing plans for the next three years...
     
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  10. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Meister

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    So I decided to experiment with one of the weirder shapes. I don't have a band saw yet so I drilled around the perimeter and cut it out with a jigsaw. I have a ton of sanding to do, but now I know that I need a band saw. This shape is a firebird that I changed some of the lines then took the horn from a Mosrite ventures guitar and put it on both sides. Before I route the neck pocket I plan on picking up a 2x6 to practice on. This one is kind of an experiment. I still have two more body blanks. We'll see how this goes.
     

  11. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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  12. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Meister

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    I've kind of taken a break from it for awhile. My band has been super busy as of late and I also just picked up a really nice Duesenberg Caribou that's been getting most of my attention.

    I'm still working on getting rid of the drill marks around the edges where I made an outline for the jig saw. Definitely need a bandsaw next time. Haha. Getting around the horns is definitely tricky. Live and learn I suppose.

    In the meantime I just finished doing another Telebird finish. This one in satin seafoam green. Just need to drill the neck for the mounting screws, do the wiring, and then set it up.
     

  13. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    That is how i found your post to begin with, looking at telebird builds. I have a body i just bought and was looking for finish ideas.
    Your build looked cool and no new posts since october so i was curious. Keep us posted on your progress.
     

  14. user34603

    user34603 Tele-Meister

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    .... I will bet $3 that James T. Kirk plays one of these and Spock secretly is rockin' in his quarters as he sings ... " Duhty Deeds and They're Done Duht Cheep... " Prove me wrong; I dare ya' !
     

  15. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Meister

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    Finally got that neck attached yesterday. The new shape is still on hiatus, but I'm finishing up the second telebird. Not super satisfied with the finish work, so I may end up disassembling and redoing a bit before I wire it all up.

    I also made a pickguard out of clear acrylic and painted the backside. Going for that Gretsch look. Just waiting for it to dry and I'll throw it on there to see how it will look.
     

  16. Jsil13

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    It's definitely not perfect, but with a little more shaping I think I can get it there.
     

  17. ModerneGuy

    ModerneGuy Tele-Holic

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    Nice colour combo and general theme - remind's me of my build for my son of a couple of years ago (my current avatar);)
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  18. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Meister

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    That's a great looking axe man. Sonic blue? I actually decided that I'm going to repaint it. It just has too many flaws for me to be happy with it. It'll be the same color, but hopefully better.
     

  19. ModerneGuy

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    Thanks. Sorry to hear about your paint woes but no point being unsatisfied with it. Really like your guitar too BTW. Re the blue I used, it is of humble origins - a duplicolor rattle can that’s some kind of Nissan colour but I can’t remember the name. Cheers
     

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