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000 12-fret acoustics with Telecaster strap buttons

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by gangreen, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. gangreen

    gangreen Tele-Afflicted

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    Thanks, Helmut. Depends on how they play and sound. Might just be expensive firewood.

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    This is the turbo changed flux capacitor body and neck joint jig. One side holds the body for routing the mortise. The aluminum extension is hooked to a swinging arm that you adjust to match the neck angle on the body. The neck clamps to the swinging arm and you route the tenon with the matching angle to the body you just measured. Mortises in bodies. Necks fit! A bit of fine tuning to joint to make sure it all lines up side to side and over the body. Leaving 3.5mm space over the saddle location. Point of no (or at least difficult) return is glueing on the fretboards. I cut Gret slots (25.4"scale), cut the boards to width and positioned them with removable18g brads in the first and 11th fret slots. No skating around when the clamps were applied. After some rough shaping of the necks I could get them off the bench and stop whacking them with any- and everything in the shop.

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    Tried a new technique for neck carving on these. I usually take the neck to thickness (~22mm) on the table saw an d shape the back on the oscillating sander. Because there is large thing hanging off each of these necks I opted for another method. With a rasp I took a ~1" wide section of neck to near-final thickness under the 1st and 9th frets (21 and 24mm respectively), shaped the ends with a rasp and then carved the middle portion with a spoke shave. Worked well on these mahogany necks. Would do it again, even I f there wasn't a big thing hanging off the end of the neck. Sanded out the shave and rasp marks with 80 grit.

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    Frets in. Sand. Sand. Sand. Sand. Sand. Stained the backs, sides and necks with Minwax Early American. Turns the anemic-looking mahogany to caramel. Departing from the traditional sprayed lacquer finish. Going to do my usual wet sanded wipe on ImageUploadedByTDPRI1428869773.262423.jpg ImageUploadedByTDPRI1428869786.470814.jpg poly for the bodies and wet sanded Tung oil for the necks. Waiting for the 3/32" bit so I can route the saddle slots in the bridges and tape off the bridge locations before poly-ing.

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    Body finish done with 2 rounds of 3 coats each of wipe on poly followed by a wet sand coat. Will polish when the tung oil on the necks is done.

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    Do you apply the poly as your sanding it, like an oil finish? if so, is this how your grain filling?
     
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    My goal is not a perfectly smooth mirror-like finish like you would get with pore filling and spraying lacquer. I like the grain to show through a bit. The three wipe on coats of poly are heavy but not enough to leave drips or runs. The sanded coat after those three coats is to smooth out any dust or filth muck that can be felt with three coats of wipe on poly. Then repeat the process. I'm using satin poly and will polish body and headstock with wax. I don't want to feel anything but smooth when it's done. The neck will get several coats of tung oil and I'll finish the headstock with poly. I have two bottles of pore filler I bought about 15 guitars ago but haven't felt the need to try it yet. Maybe I'll try it on one of the next round of acoustics. Might be the best thing since sliced bread. I'll try to get some close ups when done so you have an idea of how much texture is visible on the body. I have an acoustic with a sprayed lacquer finish and it appears to be encased in plastic. Not what I'm after. And I'm curious to hear if this light poly finish allows the body to vibrate more than lacquer. All an experiment.

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    Wow!!!! Looking very pro!!!
     
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    Attached the bridges using a vacuum bridge clamp. Worked well. First one strung up with 12-54 strings. Brought to pitch. See if it implodes.
     
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    That is absolutely fantastic!!!
     
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    Grain fill

    I agree. In my limited experience, the grain fill was never necessary or desirable - I always want to see, even accent, the grain. Using true oil and some wet sanding has worked well. However if I were painting a guitar grain filling might be necessary.


    Is that hole on the upper left bout for an equalizer for a piezo or another sound hole?

    Looking great! As usual.
     
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    It's a "sound port". In theory allows more airflow through the body chamber and therefore more sound. Also like a stage amp. I hear more of that guitar that my non sound ported OM. Not sure yet if that's a good thing. As a fringe benefit the hole has been really handy for seeing if the truss rod wrench is headed in the right direction, for confirming that the string ends are tight against the bridge patch and for cleaning out the body - compressor in the sound port, vacuum in the sound hole and whoosh, out comes all the dust and crud. As it still needs to be set up to really be playable the acoustic benefits remain to be heard.
     
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    Got the Telecaster strap buttons attached. A few representative shots of the finished guitars. Let them sit for a few weeks and readjust the necks, action, etc. The mahogany worked well for bent sides, backs and necks. Would use it again. Been reading a lot of back issues of American Lutherie. Just got my feet wet. Thanks for the suggestions and comments.


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    Wow!!! When can we hear it.
     
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    As soon as I find someone, who can play them well. Would be unkind to subject you to my "playing."


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    Great job Darrin.
     
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    THat's some beautiful work. I'm very impressed. Looking forward to you getting your hands on a player you think can demo these axes effectively, and hearing how they sound.

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