COMPLETED -- "Tidycatster", the $100 telecaster challenge

Discussion in '2009 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by guitarbuilder, Feb 11, 2009.

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  1. guitarbuilder

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    I knew this stuff would be good for something some day. Left over aluminum angle from one of my cnc builds. Might have to clean them up a little.[​IMG]
     
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    "A bucketful of pine and maple gets us started in the challenge. Hopefully I've met the initial requirements. No cats will be harmed in the making of this guitar. More to follow I hope. I'll try and get a litter done this week."

    You're killing us already! Super sweet use of tools. Subscribed, competition beware!
     
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    You're killing us already! Super sweet use of tools. Subscribed, competition beware!

    Thanks for looking everybody... I may have to DQ myself somehow in order to keep it. Maybe I'll buy an original Gibson '59PAF for it. That'll take me out of the running.
     
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    Esquire + Cats = Win
     
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    OK, fingerboard is glued on and a slot cut for the nut. I stuck in a piece of aluminum as a temporary nut.
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    I took a piece of 1/2" aluminum rod I had from the ol' cnc project and drilled a couple of holes for mounting screws. I wanted the abiltity to raise and lower it with some washers underneath if necessary. I cleaned up the ends on the lathe. I opted for this rod over the aluminum angle because it has a smaller profile and leaves more space to rest your hand on the wood for picking. I put a little chamfer on the ends to remove the sharp edge.
    The center line of the saddle is at the scale length of twice the distance from the nut leading edge to the center of the 12th fret marker.[​IMG]


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    Now onto the lap pickup rout. I have a bunch of new and used single coils but I'm out of tele pups. I have a couple of import styles that are cheap and new and may go with those.
     
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    Across the pond they call 'em a "scratch plate". Hehhehheh. Another ingenious idea I'm filing away for the day I become, uh, inspired!:idea:
     
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    Scratch Plate.... I love it....
     
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    The neck. If time gets scarce I will use the neck that I made for another project guitar. It is a snakehead, quartersawn maple neck. The dots are made from pickguard material and it has no rod installed. See below.
     
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    So here is the general concept I'm going with.[​IMG]
     
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    Thus far I've had 2 "oh crap!" moments during this contest. The first was scatterlee starting work on his own bridge, the picture above was the second. kudos dude, that's awesome!
     
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    Ahh, a Guit-Steel!
     
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    Can't wait to see the lapsteel
     
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    WOW
    You guys are makin this tough
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    Going to make Jr. Brown proud!!
     
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    that's really something
     
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    I was thinking I should have jump in this thing but now..........
     
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    Wow, just plain wow. I'm gonna have to check out the other builds but this is just great.
     
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    Hey,
    Thanks for the kind words. It's been fun doing something out of the ordinary.
    Marty
     
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