COMPLETED -- $100 Telecaster Challenge, Lowecaster!

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Colt W. Knight

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I made my neck a little thicker than average for a few reasons, but mostly because it was going to be a baritone. Because of this, I am going to have to elevate my bridge to get the strings to clear the fretboard. So I will just make that little guy out of some Uke sides I planed down a while back, but never got around to making.
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I actually used to the belt portion of the sander, but I am getting tired of dragging the camera out every two minutes.
That should do nicely.
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Man, that's really impressive. You know how to get a lot done with the tools you have. I like every bit of it.

Thanks Ricky, but I am really just making this $#!+ up as I go along. I purchase a steel building a few days ago, and as soon as I can pour concrete and get that sucker up I will have 24'x28' of working space. I will be able to setup some dedicated work stations for guitar building. Hopefully the quality of my work will improve then. Until then, I will continue to work in my well house shed (12'x6' {the well takes up 4'x'4}).
 

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One thing about living on a farm, you always have a friend close by. I miss the companionship when I am away at school.
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Now I need to fix up myself a nut.
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To get a rough cut, I use my nifty Harbor Freight file set I bought on sale.
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Then with a little help with my Wypo cutting torch cleaners, I can file the nut sluts down just right.
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I can judge size file I need contrasting them to the Baritone strings I bought.
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It all turned out well in the end.
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Then install the tuners.
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Well my GFS tuner bushing twisted off. Crap!
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I had to rob a bushing off one of my goto sets I have on my acousticaster.
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My grandpa gave me one these egg beater hand drills. It works great for pilot holes. Much easier to control than a hand drill.
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Ouch! I've poked plenty of knuckles with string ends, but never a foot!

You got some cool tools from your grandpa!

At this point I'm guessing that dayglow paint will have about an hour to dry!
 

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Ouch! I've poked plenty of knuckles with string ends, but never a foot!

You got some cool tools from your grandpa!

At this point I'm guessing that dayglow paint will have about an hour to dry!

At this point, my fingers might be day-glo when Im playing it for the final post video.
 

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The guitar now has orange on it, and I got a surprise for the headstock, control plate, and pickguard( PG may be optional). The flourescent orange is killer because the grain and knots are showing through, making it very, very pretty.
 

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Here y'll go...
Low B baritone string won't fit through the tuning peg. I had to modify it using a needle file in my grand pa's egg beater.
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Making sure the neck is aligned.
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Strings...
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Sorry guys, no painting photos. My camera isn’t going anywhere near me while I am painting. Sorry, it’s a 350$ camera and less than 100$s worth of guitar parts.
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Back of the peg head...
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Total cost of my build...
84.00$

In addition I used one coat of tru oil, and what was left of a 1/4 can of DEFT Nitro. A new bottle of Tro-oil is 4.95$ and Deft is 4.88$. So... I think I came in under budget.
 

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The string tree is a dry wall screw that I filed notches into.

And the blowout non-GFS branded tele pickups kinda suck. Their pole spacing is a lttle off, and magnets fell off the back and broke. However, they do work, so I have a working fretless baritone guitar. I will post sound clips whenever I figure out how to play it.
 
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