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A Trio of Tiny Teles.

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by jkingma, May 4, 2010.

  1. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The body finishing is coming along. My friend wants these to still look like wood... so they haven't been grain filled and there will only be a few thin coats of poly. I'll be level sanding these this weekend and then one more thin coat of poly and then that should be it for them.

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  2. winny pooh

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    I am keenly anticipating the final trio photo
     
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    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice trio. My kids are waiting for me to get the mini-strat-teles done. Your thread is inspiring and informative. Thank you.
     
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    Just to keep you on your toes I guess! I just finished up the first template for the neck for mine...I will have to go back and check the width now...why couldn't you have answered sooner??? :D Just kidding, much easier to re-do a template then fix a completed neck! Usually I am not this impatient. Thanks again. Hopefully I can get mine to turn out a fraction of how good yours are.
     
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    I'm the one who did the drawings and a few people asked for the file and it looks like its getting pasted around. It's great to see one built! I started just the other day to finish my 22.5 scale guitar up for a nice back packer in the woods. Any body want the file just let me know and I'll be glad to share. I got my info from Jack Wells if I remember right and then just took T. Downs file and moved it around like Jack did. I also have a drawing for a five string mando that somebody sent me and it really turned out nice. I made it for a friend of mine and I didn't get many pictures of it, but hers one almost finished. Keep the pictures coming so I see the finished guitars when you finish.
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  6. jkingma

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    Thanks guys. We're getting close to assembly time.
     
  7. jkingma

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    That's "Kingma"... MR. Kingma.

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  9. jkingma

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    Time to check to see if the frets need leveling and level them if they need it.

    First I check and make sure the fretboard is perfectly flat using this notched straight-edge and adjust the truss rod if necessary until it is flat.

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    Then I check from fret to fret with this fret rocker. There are a few slightly higher frets here and there on all three necks.

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    So I have this aluminum extrusion that I have one side machined perfectly flat. I use some slick-on 180 grit paper and use that for a levelling beam.

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    Using a sharpie, I colour the tops of all the frets.

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    Then I carefully sand the frets until all the black is gone, leaving the frets level.

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    After that has been done to all three necks, I re-crown the frets with a crowning file and then polish them with micro-mesh. No pictures of that cuz my camera batteries died. Time to re-charge them.
     
  10. jkingma

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    Batteries charged up, so here is a shot of the 3 bodies. I just dry fit all my parts to makes sure everything is cool. Tomorrow I'll dis-assemble them, give the bodies a light sanding and then 1 final coat of clear.

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    And here are some close-ups. I think I like the red one the best.

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  11. jkingma

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    String Guage Question

    I've got a question about string guage. I've never built a shorter scale guitar before but I recall reading somewhere that heavier guage strings work better on shorter scale guitars.

    I'm not up on all the string tension vs scale length info so I'm not sure what I should use on these guitars. But keeping in mind that these are for kids (currently under the age of 10) what string guage should I be considering for these?

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  12. Jack Wells

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    I see in an earlier post, you said the scale length is 23 in. I wouldn't go lighter than tens. Nines on that scale length are just too loose and difficult to keep in tune when tuned to concert pitch. I suppose you could use 9s if you tuned it to a higher pitch.
     
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    22-3/4" (IIRC)
     
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    Gimme the blue one!
     
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    In both cases I was at work and guessing. I measured them last night and they are in fact 22-3/4"... not that 1/4" is going to make a lot of difference here. ;)

    Thanks Jack. I'll start with 10's and see how it goes.
     
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  16. Jack Wells

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    These little Ferden Mini-Strats are 22 3/4 in. scale. When I refinished them, I put on 11 which felt right for me. For kids however 10s would probably be best.

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    Those are cute.
     
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    The last couple weeks has been clearcoating and sanding. Have I mentioned that I hate sanding??

    Anyway, they are coming along... but slower than I was hoping. I should be starting to assemble them soon.
     
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    Skimmed through this thread as a newbie to the forums. What a cool project. I like your attention to detail. You obviously have a fondness for sanding.
     
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    My friend has decided that I wants to have a nice level finish instead of being able to feel/see the grain. So since I didn't use any grain filler, this means many many more clearcoats and a bunch more sanding. I'm slowly getting there but its taking a long time. On one of the bodies I tried drop filling all the dimples with CA but it didn't take long to get a headache - from the tediuos work and the smell. It worked not too bad, but not easy. I was hoping to have these all done by now, but I've still got a couple weeks to go - or more.

    This one is getting close. The other two still have quite a ways to go.

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