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  1. Mojotron

    Best Experience With Wood For The Body

    Douglas-Fir for me too, I have taken out a lot of 50+ year old framing for doors and windows in the houses that I've remodeled and held on to the 4x12 or 4x10 beams. Its amazing how a chambered solid body guitar sounds made out of Douglas-Fir it works well for very hard note attack as well as...
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    Cedar top on chambered tele... to brace or not to brace?

    Yep - I've done plenty of work with Cedar and I would not worry about bracing - to telemnemonics point - you could also use a fender washer - big wide washer - on the inside of the top glued in right where the pots are to support them a little where the nut tightens them down. Cedar should do...
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    First build, what is the difference?

    Where I live, Alder is the cheapest wood that is in the right ballpark (football stadium...) as far as weight. But, I get a lot of Douglas-Fir for free and have made a lot of great guitars from Douglas-Fir; In fact, all of my favorite guitars are made from Douglas-Fir or Western Red Cedar...
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    Did any of you ever own the Parker Fly guitar?

    I was crazy about Parkers for a few years - I had a '98 Classic Fly an early NiteFly and an Alder Fly (basically a strat-like NiteFly). On the Fly, I did everything to get the best playability across the entire fretboard and was never really happy with the relief adjustments to get the low and...
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    What's the preferred fretboard radius?

    I've played for a long time on just about every radius and compound radius that one would find over the decades and I kept coming back to 12". It's the most well suited for everything and bending strings with low action is not a problem. I make all of my own and I only have tools for doing 12"...
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    Question for pickup winders

    Yes - completely normal. To a small degree, resistance in wire is directly proportional to temperature - scaled out to miles of wire on a bobbin - we can actually measure that. Does that mean that spilling beer into 'yer Tele will be the secret to great tone? YMMV... depending on your skin depth :)
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    Suggestions on learning how to repair guitars

    Ya, guitar making and guitar repair are 2 different disciplines. Guitar making helped me to get a lot better at repair, but I still think the repair aspect of the two is the harder if you are doing work for other people. Dan Erlwine's book is where I start when I need to do a repair though: Just...
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    Opinions on 1976 Stratocaster refret

    You would never want to learn to do a fret job on an older instrument - and certainly would not want to take on SS frets without a lot of experience with normal fretwire. I sent a Fly to Mike Lull Custom guitars in Seattle to have a few frets glued back on and to have the whole neck PLEKed -...
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    Where and how do you use scrapers?

    I prefer to use scrapers - they are the only tool that really handles complex convex/concave shapes - especially with softwoods where the hard part of the grain is much harder than the soft part of the grain. A scraper will plane through the shape without digging into the nonuniform density...
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    Lets build something that looks like an ES-335

    Yes awesome thread, even better build!! Thanks for walking through this build. I learned a lot from this.
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    DIY Pickup winder

    42 and 41 wire have a more responsive and less compressed sound IMO than 43 - but 43 on the Tele Neck pickup is a great fit for more of a Jazz tone. My favorite Tele Neck pickup is done with 42 wire where it had about 6k of wire and then, because the AL5 magnets made it sound a bit thin, I...
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    DIY Pickup winder

    Looks awesome! I always found that winding my own Tele Bridge pickups to be some of the most rewarding projects - mine always need potting to play at any volume that approaches being at stage volume. I had to warm up to the tone of the neck pickup wound with 42 wire a bit, what I found out in...
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    DIY Pickup winder

    I wound a lot of pickups on my DIY winder and found that slow and easy always got me great results. I don't sweat the RPMs and the scaterness of the windings makes for some really great tones. Most of the pickups I've wound I've used for many years now - so if it took 1/2 hour to wind a pickup -...
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    Bridge P90, angled or straight?

    I've always want to brighten up the low-end and add a little more mids to the higher strings, but in practice the Tele and Strat bridge pickups are set up to be the opposite of that and I end up adjusting the height of the high-E string of the bridge pickups a bit higher than I do with the...
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    Why do you do it?

    For me, starting to play in the 1970's, there was a huge difference between Gibson and Fender... guitars and all the ones that I could afford. When I finally got a Gibson LP (I think it was likely a early 1970's model) I found that the scale length was not long enough to play further up on the...
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    Grain

    You can make a Tele out of a wood like Ash, then use a darker - brown tint - then do what's called a blond finish from a can of lacquer that places like StuMac or ReRanch https://www.reranch.com/ sells. That is not a really tough finish to do. But, it does start with the right wood - Ash. In...
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    ** Making A Neck Pocket Template **

    I would just add that the way I do it is I leave the holes as a last step in the process - my templates do not have holes in them. I make the neck/body templates so that the neck fits into the heel just tight enough to lift the guitar up from the top of the head to about 45 degrees (this is a...
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    Jointing w/o a jointer...

    Yep - they can be. I dumpster-dive (after asking them first) at a countertop maker near my house and I go out there with a really good straight edge. The manufactured quartz pieces and natural stone pieces - which are flattened - I end up taking home from their remnants are very flat - but not...
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    Fret Question......

    Yep - better yet - use one of these...
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    Jointing w/o a jointer...

    The table saw gets the wood perpendicular and then the planer or drum sander will get it all flat. My sanding process only takes off the top (guessing) 1/128" - 1/265" to get a clean glue edge. I've used fences before too - that's always a good idea when the wood is less than 1 1/2" on the edge...
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    Jointing w/o a jointer...

    Jointing without a jointer is not tough at all to get as good or equal results. It's as easy as getting a ~30x5 inch piece/remnant of quartz/stone counter top - check the flatness with a level or fret-leveling bar... Then, cut the wood on a table saw, sand it flat with 220 grit paper on the...
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    Wild idea- stacking fretboard on guitar?

    That is not a bad idea at all - if it was a neck that you were in the middle of making - I've done it on necks that I made that were a little too thin - before cutting the fret slots, it's totally doable. Here's a picture of a 12" radius Strat that I did that on prior to putting in the initial...
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    Body Rollover Radius?

    I like to do a very sharp roundover - about 1/8" on the back side of the body so that it stays put when I am sitting down and a much wider one (about 1/4" to 5/16") on the front to make it comforatble. Sometimes I use a router, but generally I just use a sanding block and go around the body in...
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    Grand Fir wood?

    I use fir wood all the time for making guitars. After researching a lot of different woods, I came to the conclusion that Alder is an amazing wood for guitars - BUT softwoods - like fir/pine/d-fir/WRC - are equally great and while not the same as a hardwood. When working and finishing they are...
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    Shrill sound: Maple neck?

    Right - I agree with Telenator - objectifying other members of the forum or perhaps everyone that does not agree with you is not a behavior that would lead me to think that you are open minded enough to listen to. If we all stuck to talking about our thoughts, as just our thoughts, and not...




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