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2nd Tele Build: Rosewood

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by OtherJMac, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. OtherJMac

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    Been bit by the building bug, and since I have almost all the parts to build a traditional hardware/electronics tele, I’mma do that. But why make it easy? So I drove myself up the highway to the lumber yard that has all the fancy wood and got some rosewood and maple.

    I’ve heard that rosewood is heavy, but holy cow, I didn’t expect it to be THIS heavy. Mahogany is heavy. Oak is heavy. Rosewood is anvil-like. Even after cutting the boards down to within ~.5” of the body outline, they weigh ~20lb. So this thing is going to need to be hollow. (I’d assume the Fender ones are, too? I don’t see how they could possibly be selling 15lb guitars, that’s craziness.) Anyway, got my layers cut and glued up today.

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    Front and back. Not sure which will be which yet.

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    The maple peanut butter for the sandwich. This board has a gorgeous figure, it’s a shame you’ll only be able to see the edges when I’m through with it. Fortunately I have enough left over for a top on something else.

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    And a color test with a little tung oil. I think this thing’s gonna be purty, as long as I don’t screw it up.
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    Which lumber yard did you go to. Several Atlanta lumber yards are customers of mine. I'd love to know where to get nice wood for blanks.
     
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    Those are three layers in one guitar? 'cause you've got three separate tele tops right there.
     
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    This is a dream of mine! A rosewood telecaster!
     
  7. OtherJMac

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    Cag Lumber, in Gainesville. I also frequent GA Hardwoods for more run of the mill (ha!) stuff.
    Yessir.
     
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    Got my layers cleaned up & planed down. The creamy maple center is thicker than Fender does, right at 1/4" instead of (what looks like in pics) 1/8". Had to take the rosewood thinner than anticipated due to a knot being uncovered.

    Also routed out the hollows in the bottom slices, left approximately 1/4" in the rosewood piece's bottom. And then glued 'em up. Had a pretty impressive sawdust pile when I was done sweeping.
     

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    IMG_1088.JPG IMG_1089.JPG IMG_1090.JPG IMG_1091.JPG Progress!
     
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    No doubt about it, that's a tele body (and some mineral spirits to make it photogenic). This thing is still heavier than I'd hoped. In hindsight, maybe should've honeycombed the center beam, at least between the pickup spots. But at least it won't be back-breaking. IMG_1100.JPG IMG_1101.JPG IMG_1103.JPG
     
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    IMG_1098.JPG And now the real soul-searching begins. I love the look of a double-bound tele. But I can't decide if, with the maple laminate, this is too busy-looking.
     
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    Bind it! It'll look wicked!
     
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    I don't know, I like it as is. I think you're right, it might be too busy-looking double bound.

    Nice work thus far, by the way. How many guitars have you built previously?
     
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    Don't take this the wrong way, but, nice wood.
    That is going to be a beautiful guitar.
    I think I like it better unbound.
     
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    Another vote for unbound
     
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    Oh, I'm definitely taking it the right way ;)
     
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    IMG_1114.JPG IMG_1115.JPG IMG_1116.JPG IMG_1117.JPG IMG_1118.JPG Went roundover; which allowed me to thin the heel, which I like to do when I can. This one's getting traditional Tele pickups, but I decided to route the neck spot for a humbucker both in case I want to change it out down the road, and to remove a little more weight. Still need to drill for the bridge, but I'm waiting for the neck & bigsby to show up to do that.

    Once everything was sanded to 220 & tack-clothed, put on a coat of tung oil. I think it makes natural finishes really pop. It'll get a once over with steel wool before spraying.
     
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    That's one beautiful tele right there, nice work! What will you be spraying over the tung oil? I love the look of a tung oil finish but didn't know you could spray over it.
     
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    Yeah man that's perty !! No binding was a good choice !
     
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    As long as it's had long enough to dry, and you wipe the excess off after applying it, I've not had any problems with lacquer or poly over it.
     
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