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"BZ-339" Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by jamorudd, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Fatcat211

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    Love the big roundover. Great to watch this beauty come together.
     
  2. TeleSky

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    Man that looks killer. I'm partial to big round overs, so naturally, I think this looks great.
     
  3. jamorudd

    jamorudd Tele-Afflicted

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    Thanks guys!

    Got to make some unexpected progress on this one today.

    So yesterday I posted this in my "Here we go again..." thread, but on second thought I have decided to use this fret board for this build and make a maple board for that one.

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    So I glued it on...
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    Used the Ross to clean up some fret ends...
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    Mark out the heel...
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    Then used the Ross to take off the corners, using the FB and center strip as reference lines.
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    And then take off those new corners...

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    Then switch to palm sander, sanding block, hand sanding, and scraper to clean it all up...
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    Got it pretty much sanded to final shape except for a couple imperfections toward the heel. And here's where the guitar stands now.
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    Should get maple strips for binding cut on Monday, if all goes as planned.
     
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  4. jamorudd

    jamorudd Tele-Afflicted

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    A bit more neck progress today.

    Used the bandsaw and Ross to thin down the headstock

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    Marked out the tuner holes

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    Used the tip of a Forster bit to index them, and sanded off the pencil. Still have a couple slight divots from the Ross to hand sand out too.

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    Then pretty much finished up sanding the neck carve. I'm very pleased with how it has turned out. It's a hair under 7/8" at the nut, and gets up to about 15/16" before the heel. I left it a bit chunky intentionally, since there's no truss rod.

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  5. nosmo

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    That neck is purdy!
     
  6. jamorudd

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    Why thank ya, kind sir. I'm very pleased with it. It's more of a V shape than any of the others I've done, and while it's hard to tell when it's not actually on a body, I've got a feeling it is also the most comfortable one yet .
     
  7. jamorudd

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    Drilled some pilot holes in the headstock.

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    And cut some strips for binding from this
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    I hope to get it bound in the morning.
     
  8. jamorudd

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    Finally got that binding I've been putting off glued on today. Started with my usual wood bending set up:

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    After bending the maple, I decided to take a different route glueing it up. In the past I've used stew Mac binding tape, with good results. However, the tape always seems to let me down on tight curves, which this shape has more of than some others. With that in mind, I decided to use liquid CA glue and 10-12 seconds of finger pressure, glueing ~4" lengths at a time. In the end I still had a couple gaps to fill, but it worked pretty well.

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    As you can see, I left the maple pretty wide when I glued it on, then used a flush cut saw to trim it flush. My hope was that this would yield a wide enough piece off the top to save me from having to go through the bending process a second time, however, the kerf of the saw took off a bit more than expected and the remaining piece was a hair too thin.

    Fast forward a ways, and I got everything trimmed down with the flush cut saw and a pattern bit in the router table, and used some dust and CA to fill a couple gaps.

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    Also need to fix this spot, where the maple decided to snap along some wonky grain right at the very end. Shouldn't be too difficult, though.

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    And where it stands now.

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    Now I'm on to deciding on electronics for this. My first thought was a neck P90 only, but as this one is staying with me, I've already got that sound covered with my Casino...

    Since I have the Stew Mac P90 template on hand, now I'm thinking neck Mini-HB. Thoughts on this?

    It would allow me to proceed with some routing without having to invest in all the parts to finish this out quite yet, as I'm still waiting for finances for that to come along...
     
  9. DrASATele

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    I was going to suggest 2 firebirds or a firebird in the neck and a mini bucker in the bridge. Looking at it again the single firebirsd would look pretty sweet too!
     
  10. jamorudd

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    Hmmm, a firebird. Hadn't even considered that, but I do like that it's a bit outside the norm...
     
  11. jamorudd

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    Just remembered my other question: what would the TDPRI population suggest for jack placement? Side? Top? Strat style?
     
  12. nickhofen

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    I vote for side placement, Tele or Gibson style.
     
  13. Bentley

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    Strat style if you want to ruin the looks.. :eek:

    Definitely tele cup, or gibson plate.
     
  14. jamorudd

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    Thanks Nick and B, that's the direction I was leaning as well. Now that I think about it, might go with one of those football shaped plates, just to ensure that the large back round over doesn't interfere at all.
     
  15. TeleSky

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    I prefer using the tele cup or Gibson square, but I've had to use the football style plates on two of my builds because they both had large round overs. It'll depend on the thickness between the round overs though, do you have any you could test for fit?
     
  16. Captain Nutslot

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    Super good lookin guitar! I vote for a plug on the guitar top. You said the body is pretty heavy and its big, if someones playing it sitting down on the ground the output"s gonna be taking abuse...
     
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  18. jamorudd

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    Haha that would work for me! Having played acoustic for several years, a few years ago when I went into a guitar shop to scope out my first electric, I grabbed a Tele and tried several times to plug it in via the strap button before finally realizing my error. Muttering all the while to the sales associate about how I'm really an acoustic player at heart...
     
  19. jamorudd

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    And thanks for all the input and compliments. I just remembered I think I have a couple options at home I can play around with, so I'll see what I've got, and see what the interwebs have to offer.
     
  20. MadJack

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    I didn't read all of this, but I did want to say

    WOW! That is beautiful! That is going to be one sex guitar!

    Now to go back and read this when time permits.
     
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