COMPLETED -- $100 Telecaster Challenge, Alder body blank

Discussion in '2009 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by martino, Feb 15, 2009.

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  1. martino

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    $100 Telecaster Challenge, Alder body blank

    Ok I am in here we go!

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    I have had this for a year . . . Thanks T D P R I Challenge
    for getting me off my but:twisted:

    So overwhelmed I cant even think of a name yet oh well
    plenty of time for that . . .
     
  2. ehawley

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    have at it...good luck
    Cheers
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    Martino -Nice to see you in the game with your overwhelmedcaster.
     
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    good luck!!
     
  5. martino

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    Are you kidding me that Wont fit on the head stock:twisted:

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    Ok maybe if I make it a 10 string.

    http://www.tenstringguitar.com/
     
  6. fisherbim

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    goodluck man...even if it's a ten-string it still won't fit...
    too many tuners...haha
     
  7. martino

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    ehawley have at it...good luck
    Cheers
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    Your not in are ya? ED


    Martino -Nice to see you in the game with your overwhelmedcaster.
    Thanks Vince.



    Jordanm57 good luck
    Thanks I need it






    Less than 24 HR and I got this far how hard can it be? GULP!

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  8. martino

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    Thanks for your good wishes.

    Here is a shot of my pal B.B. she said I could use her ferrari bandsaw
    to cut the body I hesitated for 1 sec and had to go sit at the little kids table.
    If I had a $3K + bandsaw I would not let any one cut with it either !
    If having B.B. help me cut the body out gets me kicked off the team so be it.
    You Can Not Stop me from building this no name tele.

    http://www.eagle-tools.com/Pages/agazzani.html

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    I did get to sand with the Delta SA350K Boss Spindle Sander Kit ! ! !


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    She has this mystical magical Festool CT Mini Dust Extractor hooked up
    to what ever tool your using at the time.
    I was sanding in direct sunlight and there was NO dust None ! ! !

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    Single Best tool I have ever used Ever!

    http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=18133

    With the Festool CT Mini Dust Extractor you can sand at the kitchen table.
     
  9. IrishMail

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    Maybe you, but I'd only do it once. My obit'd be in the next day's paper...
     
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    Hey martino - just caught up to this challenge thread. Good luck.
     
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    Is it done yet? :lol:First thread I read all the way through...picking you to win!!good luck...lol

    Just something romantic about a build competition...kinda like the Gran Prix:cool:

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    Definitely subsribed!
     
  12. martino

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    Thank hope ypu did Not bet money on me . . . .

    This is where I am at.

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    Templets are started so I can make all the routs found my router!


    Going through all my parts stash.
    These are some of the parts to choose from.

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    Figuring out what to use and place some kind of value on it is not
    hard at all IT IS INSANE ! ! !



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  13. Mark-00255

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    Nice parts bin, dude! I still haven't found a neck that won't break the bank!
     
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    Parma_TeleMon Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah, the no-name neck on the far right is SCHWEET!!!! Good luck, man!
     
  15. martino

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    That neck is a flame maple Musicraft 1-3/4 nut 7-1/4 radus
    fatback! with open gear 20 to 1 locking tuners could build 3
    T D P R I Challenge for what I got in that!
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    Mark-00255
    "Nice parts bin, dude! I still haven't found a neck that won't break the bank!"
    You can Pm me we can talk . . .

    Mark you got me thinking we all have parts the other guy needs
    so why dont we trade???

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    I am looking for a nice tele bridge size humbucker stack, rails,
    or even EMG!

    So PM me if you want to buy or trade or even buy parts right now I am only
    wanting to offer this to the other folks in the Challenge!

    so let me know . . .



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  16. martino

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    Ok so how do I figure how to charge for paint this is less than Half of what I have.

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    Back to the build I am making the template from the T-style pattern .

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    I cut close to the pencil line but not to close using
    a cordless trim router with a flush trim bit.

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    I did Not rout the bridge because the pattern was messed up
    so I have to find a way to cheat.

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  17. martino

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    The way to cheat is using a t-style guitar body and clamp my templet
    to the good body using the router the way I have it set up.
    I drop the bit in to the bridge pickup and that is my guide.

    In the end it all came out nice like this .

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    The neck pocket is tight so I am happy about that!

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    As you can see in this photo I am not using fancy tools.
    Ok I did start out using my buddy's ferrari bandsaw!!!
    and her mystical magical Festool CT Mini Dust Extractor.
    That was last weekend it is raining this week end and I
    am routing in the bathtub so I can control the dust . . .



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  18. Mark-00255

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    Great idea on the parts martino - I may just grab one of those yet! Looks like the templates turned out nice.
     
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    With the routing done I have to pick a bridge.

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    None of these will do.
    the one I like has got some rust from testing circuit board etching.
    Had to clamp the saddles and turn three of the screws with vicegrips
    after stripping the screw heads with the cordless drill.

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    Deal with saddles and screws later.

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