COMPLETED -- $100 Telecaster Challenge-The $124.01 CADocaster

Discussion in '2009 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by martyb1, Feb 13, 2009.

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  1. martyb1

    martyb1 Tele-Afflicted

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    The finish as pretty shiny but not like a regular build.Because I only used sealer and no grain filler the finish has sunk into the grain in a few spots,but on the flip side,the aged hardware is all Fender stuff that I scored on ebay,which is actually more money.I can still get under budget using it but using the shiny stuff gives me more room.Only thing is that the neckplate and tuners are not aged so I think I will go with the cheaper shiny stuff.
    Better get back to it:eek:
     
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    Time to double check the line up.Got the neck clamped in this time.looks ok
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    Use the screws to mark the neck
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    Over to the drill press,drill the screw holes
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    Stick on the plate and screw it down.
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    Hmmm,even reasonably straight!
     
  3. martyb1

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    Before I can go any farther I will need to get the nut in the neck
    Marked the outside slots
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    Used my nut spacing ruler made from scrap binding to mark the other holes
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    Now into the vise and make some slots
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  4. martyb1

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    Start them with a 3 corner file
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    Then use the nut files to make the slots,not too deep now
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    Slip it in the neck.
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    Now I need to find 3 strings
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  5. martyb1

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    Since I have no copper shielding here I will give the cavities a coat of shielding paint
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    NOw I need to add some wire to the pickup lead
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    And wire up the control plate

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    I bet I can find some wire in here,an old dead CB radio that I cleaned out of my moms shed
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    Yep,there is wire in there

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    Since there is nothing traditional about this guitar,why use traditional colors
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    Solder up the plate
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    Think I will use a pink wire for the bridge ground,it's the new beige you know
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    Set on the bridge and feed the wires
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    Line it up and install one screw
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    Make sure we are still lined up and put in the other 3
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    Now I need some foam for under that P90
    Got some garbage left over from tinning the shed
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    Slide in the P90 and screw it down.
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    Now I see my route is off a little.That was because of the smaller heel on the neck.I didnt compensate for that when I did the route.The strings still catch the pole pieces though.Might even be the pickup.What can you expect for $4

    NOw wire up the pickups and the output jack
    WOW,getting short on time.Got to head to my gig soon.
    Drilled and installed the strap buttons
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    Added a string tree
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    Plugged it in and we have noise!!!!!
    All positions work,and very little string buzz.
    I will let it sit over night and set it up in the morning.WOW,this was cutting it tooooooooooooo close
     
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    A few completed pics before I hit the shower and head to the gig
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    Actually really nice here today and the sun is still out
    A couple outside pics
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    You have built some beautiful guitars on this site but this time you really out
    did yourself ! :D

    Hay your fence looks kinda like my build:p
     
  12. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Well builders, I think Marty pretty much has this one wrapped up. We can't compete with that!
    That just means we get to keep ours. HAHAHHAAHAHA!
     
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    Indeed! Don't forget Scatter's Marilyn guitar, though! Or Big Mike's coppercaster, or the blue Danocaster, or ... :D
     
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    Well, I just effed up the paint on mine, so I know for certain I don't have a chance against these beautiful guitars.
    Then again, I never set out to make mine pretty, I kinda wanted it to look like a home made 100$ guitar.
     
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    Colt Get a pair of work lights and some acetone you can save it . . .
    Yes you can!!
     
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    Nice job - somewhat Art-Deco and very cool.
     
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    All this thread needs is a final $ accounting post and it looks done. Good Work!
     
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    Absolutely gorgeous, Martino! Great work!
     
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    Well just got home from my gig.I better do the accounting post now.I may sleep past the deadline :eek:

    Bridge-$18-Ebay
    Tuners-$9.99-Ebay
    Neck-$20 Eden
    Buttons-$1.75
    Binding-$4.00
    Pots-$5.00-Used
    Switch-$6.50
    Output Jack-$2 Used
    Neck Plate-0.99-Ebay
    Control Plate-$3.24-Ebay
    Switch tip-$1.00
    Ferrules-$4.00
    Str Tree-$1.25
    Cap-$1.00
    Button Felts-$0.50
    Strings-2.00-Used(well 3 of them)
    Pickups-Bridge$0.99
    Neck $4-Ebay
    Knobs-$3.25-Ebay
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    Total is $89.46 I think,pretty tired
    The left over can go for Finishing supplies,shielding paint,etc
    Everything I needed screws for they were included
    Hope I didn't miss anything
     
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    This kind of reminds me of the sculpted Gibson V-2 for some reason. Nice problem solving over the month there Marty.
     
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