1950 Double Esquire Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. preeb

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    Eyeballed on a spindle sander (-;
     
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    Beautiful work Gil, that neck looks good enough to eat! Apart from the trussrod and string tree is this the same spec as the first one you made ? i.e did you use the dope in the finishing sequence? I remember you saying its not very nice to work with.
     
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    Oh... right... no dope. I used very thin black nitro for this body.
    I'd rather not use dope unless I have to (-;
     
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    Just the perfect amount of relic.. mesa like it
     
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    Nice to see this thread again, it's one of my favorites. I am wondering how the no truss rod neck is doing, can you tell us? Also if there is a source for slot head screws (they really look fine) - other than NOS? I've been thinking about reshaping flat heads - a lot of work...
     
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    I believe the owner of the no truss rod proto is a member here. Probably still straight as I had it for a few weeks before Nacho got it and even with 0.011's it remained straight. Those big necks need to rod.
    I couldn't find the screws off the shelf. Screw manufacturing machines changed over time and the Nickel plating is not the same as it used to be. Also, mild steel screws are not made any more so if you need an exact replacement it has to be NOS.
     
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    Thanks, Gil - I'm really tempted to go without a T.R. on my next build - I've always liked big necks...
     
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    I build without a truss rod also but only with a thick neck as Gil does. And my double basses go out without a rod also...of course that is a different animal. But yes, I am becoming an advocate for a no rod neck in some cases. Of course the right wood and dimension is essential.
     
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    pickup wiring

    I imagine this info is in here somewhere, but I have looked through several times and missed it. How many positions does the selector switch have and what are the options? I understand an Esquire had three positions to choose how the bridge pickup functioned. With this having a neck pickup, how are those same options available? I am currently building my first Tele, and I would like to copy this builds wiring if it is wired how I think it may be.
     
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    Standard Broadcaster blend control circuit with 3 pos switch.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Favorite thread ever. Thanks to whomever pulled it back up. Preep, you are a true craftsman.
     
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    So...I'm curious. What did the pickguard end up being made of?
     
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    Interesting. I looked that stuff up, and apparently it is polystyrene, the same as the early Fender Strat knobs (the ones that didn't yellow). Did you somehow manage to do some research and figure out what was used for the original Esquires, or did you take a guess?
     
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    Never had a real 1950 NAMM Esquire in my hands... wish I have.
    All white plastics from Fender up to 1955 were Styrene... so I took a calculated risk (-;
     
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    I have a theory to why you don't like quartersawn necks preeb. Could it be that because the grain of a quartersawn neck resists relief/backbow but soaks up the side to side motion of the strings? Where as, a flatsawn neck would reinforce the vibrations of the strings creating more sustain but be less stable and more likely to require a truss rod on thinner necks...

    This is just an observation to the question in my head of why such a thing would even matter...

    I'm sure this might create a little buzz, or maybe it has already been talked about. I really don't know. I don't get on these forums much. Anyway, great looking build preeb!

    Jay
     
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    I know this is a tad late, and I'm sure the situation has been clarified, but a buddy of mine has an early Broadcaster dated 11/01/50, and it has brass saddles. From what I've heard, there's a pretty good chance that it may have been the first one built after the switch from steel. Great build Gil, thanks for the knowledge!
     
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    I love this thread!
     
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