A second Acousti-Tele.

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  1. Moodivarius

    Moodivarius Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Getting ready to build another.

    For a 16 year old, who is a distant cousin & a buddy of my 17 year old son.

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    Sanded & did the tummy cut.

    The body is one of a few, I aquired from a friend in Wisconsin. He had bought a building, that was previously owned by a guitar luthier. A few routed bodies & partial built necks where left behind, when the guitar shop was shutdown.
    I figured I might as well use this for the next build.
    I think it's swamp ash.
    Not too heavy.
     
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    Nice....but how is this an acoustic Tele?.....or is that not what you meant?
     
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    Very cool, subbed :)
     
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    Routed first layer this afternoon.


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    You do some nice work my friend. Can't wait to see thin one finished.
     
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    Well, after routing that one out, I decided that it would be way too light and have extreme neck dive after it was built.

    I had some walnut leftover from a previous guitar body, so I made up a 2-piece blank & a couple of neck blanks.

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    I think that wood looked like it was Butternut. I made a few teles out of it and still have some of it around here. It's lightweight and fuzzy.
     
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    This is quite heavy.
    Made a Strat body out of other end of the board last year.

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    Butternut ("white walnut") is a little softer than black walnut but not substantially so. I've never seen it to be "fuzzy", however.
     
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    From my wood database

    Butternut is easily worked with both hand and machine tools. However, being so soft, Butternut has a tendency to leave some fuzzy surfaces after planing or sanding, and sharp cutters and fine-grit sandpaper is recommended. Butternut glues, stains, and finishes well.
     
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    I doesn't sand as cleanly or easily as walnut. Fuzzy is the only descriptor I can think off. It makes you want to wet it and do it again.
     
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    Routed out a couple necks & planed a couple fingerboards. 1- walnut neck & 1-Wenge fingerboard for the second Acoustisonic Tele.

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    This afternoon, I routed in the truss rod & glued the fingerboard on the neck.

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    This evening, I made some router templates to inlay the spruce top into the front of the body.

    I took the original Tele template I had, then with a 3/8” bearing bit around the perimeter of the template, it gave me a larger negative of my spruce top inlay. As you see, the shape is adjusted for the forearm contour.

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    Then I took that negative, used a 3/4” bearing bit & routed out that, which gave me a template for the spruce top.

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    This shows the spruce top template over the Tele body template. I will end up with the spruce top set-in, 3/8” from the outside edge of the body, & the contour route.
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    So the plan will be, place the negative on the body blank, with a 3/4” top bearing plung bit, route inside the outer edge, 3/32” deep, all the way around that template. That will determine the thickness of the spruce top being inlayed. Then line up the Tele template over the blank & route body shape.
    After that, I’ll route another 3/8” inside the inlay route, which will be where the body gets hollowed out.

    Sample photo from first build to show the idea.
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    This build, I’m eliminating the bridge block, going with the acoustic bridge & bracing on the under side of the spruce top, more like a real acoustic.
    I’m hoping, by making the templates, should save a lot time fiddling around trying to fit the inlayed top into the body.
    I will do a mock-up with MDF to see how it all works. If it does, I’ll be able to make another down road.
     
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    That’s some real cool thinking man. Will be watching this!
     
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    More thinking this morning.

    The first route for the top inlay, will have to be a 3/8" bit with a 3/4" bearing to allow the 3/8" offset.


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    Worked on the neck last night. Installed fingerboard.

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    Today I trimmed the edges of the fingerboard on the router table.
    Then cut the fret slots.

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    Next I sanded the 9.5” radius on my DIY radius sled. Keeps the centreline perfect. Simple, but it works. Only about 2 hours total, to radius fret mark.

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    80gt, then 100gt.

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    This evening I inlayed the fret markers.

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    Sanded them back with, 100gt, 150gt, then 220gt.

    The Wenge is very porous, but smooth.

    Fretting tomorrow evening.

    Scott.
     
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    When I have used wenge I found that it can split along that deep grain, which can give you a nasty splinter in the finger when playing. I always seem to bind my necks these days and "nib" the fret ends which stops that problem and gives a beautiful smooth playing neck action.

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