COMPLETED -- $100 Telecaster Challenge, Lowecaster!

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  1. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    $100 Telecaster Challenge, Lowecaster!

    Hello Everyone -

    To be fair to myself, I am not going to read the other $100 threads. That way, I can not steal ideas or borrow techniques. This one is going to be 100%
    from my mixed up little head.

    An explanation of the name Lowecaster - the name is actually two fold because I intend to make as much of the guitar as possible using materials from Lowes, and the other reason is because Im going to make this a Low sounding tele by making it a Baritone!

    I will disclose more as I get parts in the mail and have an oppurtunity to setup of photobucket or similiar site to host my pictures.

    30 days is going to be cutting it close, so the I may have to get inventive with some of my parts and finishes.
     
  2. IrishMail

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    If you get ideas from mine (Spa-Caster), you are SO welcome to 'em.

    Good luck, and may the best builder lose his axe!
     
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    Love to see the dedication people inside here are showing.
    Good luck!
     
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    Good luck Colt. Look forward to seeing progress.
     
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    Parma_TeleMon Friend of Leo's

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    A baritone! The creativity around here is amazing. What I lack in skill I can easily make up in vicarious enjoyment. Good luck!
     
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    I don't know about anyone else, but I'm curious as hell.

    How about an update. ;)
     
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    Not that I have posted anything. But I can't help noticing some days have gone by...
     
  8. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Sorry everyone. Things got crazy busy down in the holler between work, building customer guitars, and the farm. Well, I now have the time to put this guitar into motion. I thought I was going to have to drop out of the contest, but I was laid off. Now I have plenty of time. So here we go.

    Just placed an order with Jay.

    1 chrome hardtail bridge with six modern saddles. 10.95$
    1 set of gotoh style tuners 21.95$
    1 matched pair tele pups, GFS blowout 21.95$
    1 set of .047 caps 1.95$ 0nly using one so .975 cents

    Grand total so far - 55.83$

    Everything else on this guitar will be made from scratch with exception of the input jack, (2) 250 k pots, and a 3 way switch which I have laying around. Those parts new are about 20$, so I will assign a 10$ value to them. If anyone disagrees, I will bump up their projected value.

    That puts me up to 65.83$. So I have 34.17$ to buy lumber, screws, finish and materials.
     
  9. guitarbuilder

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    Remember wood prices don't count in the 100 dollars.
     
  10. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Here's some pictures

    Here's the parts I ordered.
     

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    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Yeah, but just because it isn't against the rules, doesn't mean I can't use it as a guideline for my build. Besides, I think that is kinda cheating, because if you spend more than 100$ on materials, it really isn't a 100$ guitar. Not that there is anything wrong doing it the other way. I just think it will be funner ( more fun) on my part to do it this way!

    Let the games begin, well for me at least, I think everyone has a two week head start on my now.
     
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    gitlvr Friend of Leo's

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    I have those tuners on a build of mine. I can't tell the difference between them and a well known brand name set I have on my main strat. I'll be using them again on other builds. Decent tuners for the cash.
     
  13. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I took a little trip to Lowes.
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    Then I picked out my body lumber.
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    Now for the finish. I figure I had two options.
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    or...
     
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    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Well, I have to confess... I have always wanted a glow-in-the dark guitar, so I am going to take this oppurtunity to build one. Of course, the duct tape would look cool as hell too, but I will save that for the next 100$ build.
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    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    While at Lowes, at picked up one of these for the neck Ill be making. Since making a neck from scratch in two weeks will be cutting close, Im going to skip the truss rod stage and just go with a metal stabilizer bar.
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    So here I am in the check out line.
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  16. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    5.24$ for the 2x8x8
    4.48$ x 2 for the paint
    3.97$ for the steel angle

    That's another 18.17$ to the project for the total of

    84.00$

    That leaves me 16.00$ for bits and pieces.

    I think I may just make this budget and deadline yet.

    Anyway, when I got back home in the Super Duty, yet light weight, Ford Ranger
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    I had visitors who were curious as to what I was up to.
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    Moose
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    Mason
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    Bocephus
     
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    you should have done faux binding out of duct tape:)
     
  18. Colt W. Knight

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    I'll give that a try. I won't promise it is going to work out though, but we will sure as hell try.
     
  19. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Let's build a neck.

    Alrighty, now it's time to get starting making the neck. But what should I make the neck from? Where can a country boy from some holler in West Virginia find a suitable source of dry hardwoods? Hmm ... I may have a source...
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    Look at all the beautiful, aged and dry oak. It's even the proper thickness.
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    Let's see if Zeb approves.
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    I don't think he is too fond of the idea.
     
  20. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Let's see if we can persuade him.
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    I think that did it,
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    he let me in the door.
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    This old floor board is serving no purpose at the moment, and it is dimensioned perfectly for my needs. Let’s just pry that sucker up.
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