An Offset Tele-ish Build

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    On my last trip to the USA, I spent the time in my mom's husband's shop using up some scrap wood to build this beast.

    The ash was cut in the 70's and is heavier than you can imagine. The boards weren't thick enough after planing, so I capped it with this pine from a packing crate that had a date of 1947 on it I found in the barn. The neck maple came from a workbench in a barn dated 1810. The parts are things I picked up at the MusicChina show here in Shanghai. I built the neck and body in Maine, but finished everything here in Shanghai.

    I didn't take too many pictures of the process, but I'll share what I have.
     

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    A friend took these pics.. The ash body is mostly hollow, and I contoured the top..just because.
     

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    Hollowing out the body. Later I routed out the extra wood.
     

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    Here are some pics after attaching the pine top, and laying out the hardware for routing.
     

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    Some pics of making the neck. I had slotted the fretboard previously, and bound the sides with bloodwood. The position markers are bamboo. I used a two way adjustable truss rod.
     

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    This is the first time I used threaded inserts for neck attachment. I dig them!
     

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    I had limited time in the fall in the USA, so I packed up and brought the guitar to Shanghai with me. After putting it together, playing it and living with it, I decided it needed a neck and body re-contouring before the final finish. I finally got things where I wanted them and sprayed it with a rattle can on my porch.
     

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    What I'd like to do next is grind the chrome off of the parts and bring it to the raw brass. I'm thinking of it the next time I change the strings..
     
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    I like it! Nice job.
     
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    You may live to regret the "brassing" venture as chrome willl always look much better than corrosion and verdigris.

    I love going up the Pearl Tower when I go to Shanghai..............a bit scary the first time but it hasn't fallen over yet! :eek:


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    That is a VERY cool build!
     
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    The pickguard is made out of a piece of cocobolo I had. And I had to make risers to support it off the body. Maybe you can tell in these pics..
     

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    @Davecam48 Yeah, some mixed feelings on brass, I prefer nickel, but got these parts real cheap. And the mini HB pickups are alnico 5, come in at 7.5 and 7.8 and sound great. I got all the hardware for about 35 bucks, on the last day of the Music China tradeshow, when vendors were packing up. I was thinking of looking into a home nickel electroplating kit. I've done the raw brass before, on this orange Tele build:

    And the next trip to Shanghai, I recommend going up to the Jinmao Tower, instead of paying the expensive Pearl Tower ticket price and fight the tourist crowds, you can spend the same amount at a restaurant that has a better and higher view. And feed yourself at the same time!
     

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    Actually I personally like the look of brass but it seems to be a very reactive metal especially here in OZ where I live in the semi-tropics and further north. Maybe highly polished brass with some sort of clear coating sprayed on to seal it from the atmosphere!

    The last time I was in Shanghai we went for an early morning walk along the Bund but the smell from the river drove us back to the air-con at the hotel. Later in the day it was fine, but very dodgy early on.

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