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Bob J’s 2021 brotherhood build - thinline

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Bob J, Mar 5, 2021.

  1. Bob J

    Bob J Tele-Meister

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    0F4C4504-D7E7-4DC8-BD74-8B90027600A1.jpeg I’m in too. Starting with this.
    It’s a couple of 2x8s I’d glued together previously for a different project (Doug fir maybe?), a maple cutoff from the wood store for the neck, and the small piece of ash also came from the wood store so I could practice finishes on it for my kit build. It’s 1/4” thick and was less than a buck for a linear foot. If I buy another 4 feet I can make a top out of it.
    I also picked up a piece of walnut with plans on using it for a fretboard, but after taking some measurements of the maple, it might just be thick enough for a 1-piece neck, and I can use the walnut for a skunk stripe.
     
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    I love Doug Fir builds. Good luck!
     
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    Sounds good to me.
     
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  4. Bob J

    Bob J Tele-Meister

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    Making sawdust. It’s officially day 1.
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    cut the lumber down to tele size
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    “planed” it flattish with the router sled
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    its right at 1-1/2”. With 1/4” for the ash I bought for the top, I don’t think I want to take it any thinner except what I lose sanding.
     
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    wadeeinkauf Tele-Afflicted

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    We are having a lot of thinlines being made this year. That doug fir has great character. A lot of guys try to cut out the nail holes or worm holes. I do everything I can to keep them in a place that shows. Just fill the hole with clear epoxy. It adds character.
     
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    Good luck Bob, good start!
     
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    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    The exact thing I love about using Southern red cedar, the knots alone can tell an entire story
     
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  8. Bob J

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    All the thinlines are making me second-guess. My motivation is for lighter weight, and a little more volume when playing unplugged. I was thinking about going sans pick guard, Two “F” holes, and installing the pickups from behind. The ash I got for the top is really pretty and I was thinking to show it off. Given what everyone else is doing (and my relative lack of experience) now I’m thinking of going chambered, no F holes, blackguard on butterscotch. That would still show off the ash, and might raise the likelihood of a beginner being successful.
     
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    When I can pick up good lumber, instead of scrounging, which i mostly do, I use White Ash. It can be heavy, so I often chamber. It's a good thing.
    I might be relegated to big box store poplar or SPF for this build, as I can't seem to scrounge anything yet. Got time, though, so I'm gonna hang on a bit before I jump in. See what shows up.
    I passed a big truck full of junk from a local restaurant that was renovating. Did a run back to see if there was wood on the truck. Nada.
    Don't worry too much what everyone else is doing, build what you want and what you think you will love.
     
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    Bob, I chamber almost everything I make now days - my personal tele clone weighs 5-3/4 pounds and its a joy to play. I happen to think f-hole(s) look silly on a telecaster, but to each their own. Chambering a guitar will change its unplugged sound (a little) but since none of these sound good unplugged what is the point.

    The old build thread for my chambered tele-ish sort of thing has been resurrected and is floating around if you want to take a look.
     
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    Build what you want to play! Also, a big part of the art of building instruments is dealing with problems, and recovering from errors or other setbacks. Don't worry too much about being successful. I think the biggest thing that I learned in the first one or two guitars that I built, was that when I get frustrated by the speed of my progress, I start to get impatient, and very shortly after that, bad things happen. Be patient, and observant, and you'll be surprised how smoothly things will go.
     
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    All the lumber.
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    this will be the top
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    Clamping it up.
    My wife asked me once why I needed so many clamps. I almost asked why she needed so many shoes, then I realized just how many clamps I have...
     
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    Yummy!!
     
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    Top is out of the clamps and cleaned up. 55D123B7-D0B7-4D5B-86C3-C707E487A830.jpeg
    Looks ok. The big question is how much of this do I want to cover up? Abbreviated pick guard like a cut back thinline with 2 F holes? No pick guard and mount the pickups from the back? Regular black guard and just chamber (no F holes)?
     
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    I flippin love that!
    As for what to cover up, that's up to you, and what you think looks best.
    Most of the guys around here, at least years ago when I was last here, like a traditional look.
    I say go with your gut, though. It's not like there hasn't been a tele with nice grain and a pickguard. You're gonna cover some of it with a control plate anyway.
     
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    If I go 2 F holes I’ll go no control plate, either rear access or fish them through the F hole.
     
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    Rear access, F holes or not :)
     
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    I suppose I could go with rear access for the pickups whether I use a pick guard or not (easier to swap pickups)...
     
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    Haven’t given up, thinned down my piece of maple for the neck to just over 1”, working on my neck template. Will need to modify it to correct some mistakes and use it to make my real neck template.

    thinking about controls, how about no pickup switch, but use push-pulls for the volume and tone, each controlling one pickup?
     
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    Switching may depend on what kind of pickups you are going to use in order to get the most out of them?
     
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