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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    One Lap Scratch Guard.... Hey Purina, if you happen to catch this thread... I bet the local shelter could use some cat food and litter. Those are recycled screws from a superstrat that got cannabalized for its parts.Go green...Recycle and Reuse as they say.

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    Random thought# 3 or is it #4.
    I can see some knobs in that red handle that I just took off that yellow bucket before I hacked it up.

    Capital outlay so far. I haven't purchased anything yet. Just glue, leftovers wood, metal, and used screws. I know I have the used parts from junky guitars to do this without any cost, but I just can't see putting used electronics ( pots, switches, caps, etc )in this after all the work. Oops I did use 2 new sheet metal screws for the lap saddle. 10 cents?

    I'm thinking one single coil right above the kitties.
     
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    Here I am laying out some lines to line up the pickup cavity template in the pickguard. I've put some masking tape down to draw on and protect the plastic.

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    Then the pattern goes on with some double sided carpet
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    Then it gets routed out with a pickup template
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    Finally a pickup fits in.
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    Parma_TeleMon Friend of Leo's

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    My grinnin' muscles are gittin' sore!
     
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    You know I have that other body....hmmm triplenecker??????
     
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    yesss!! Guit steel!! amazing!
     
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    this is awesome... period
     
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    Well I took the plunge today and cut off the bottom of the body and cleaned up the edge for gluing. I drilled a hole from the pickup cavity where it will join the control cavity. I added the glue and clamped it together.
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    I took the clamps off, scraped some glue off, drilled a couple of strap button holes, drilled some lap dot holes, and prototyped some knobs. These are toothpaste caps and red cutoff's from the tidy cat handle. The caps already have a knurl to them.
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    I think I'll do some type of plastic top to them too.

    Still no purchases yet for this thing. 10 dollar ceramic magnet pickup- new. I have some used ones if I need to save the cash for something later. I think we're up to about 11 dollars here so far. Glue, 2 screws, one pup.
     
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    I didn't realize the lap would be so close to the Tele control. Any chance the tidy stock is big enough for a one piece for both the tele and the lap ??

    I'll bet a nickel you already thought of that... ;)
     
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    Robert, I didn't want to put the lap any closer to the neck... I wanted some playing room. When you set the lap on your lap, I didn't want an uncomfortable feel by making the player stretch out any farther to play it. Time will tell whether the ergonomics are correct. Obviously this is a concept instrument like what they do at GM with their Vettes :). The production models may vary. I had one of the cats down in the metal shop make a quick plate from a foil container. Taipan better start worrying now. This one is a whisker off though....
     
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    never seen a lapsteel made before...heck, never seen a lapsteel attached to a guitar before and to a tele...now that's a lot of firsts...simply big wow!
     
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    never seen a lapsteel made before...heck, never seen a lapsteel attached to a guitar before and to a tele...now that's a lot of firsts...simply big wow!
    Yeah, my first one too....LOL. I hope it's not a big waste of recyclables and time.
     
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    Are you gonna mount it at an angle on a stand like Junior Brown?

    Fisherbim, google Junior Brown and listen to him rip it up on the guit-steel.
     
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    We'll see if time permits accessories for it :).
     
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    Time for a little metal work. This is a hunk of 25+ year old aluminum tubing. I cut a couple of pieces for some fabrication.
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    I gave one a little persuasion to flatten out.
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    I think I am going to rename my C-note caster project to 'Tidy Bowl Caster' or would it be Catster?
     
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    I sheared off a hunk and rounded the edges with a file. I countersunk the screw holes and tried a fit with the rest of the parts. I'll need to adjust a few things to make it all work together. I haven't decided what controls to use yet. I have quite a few schemes in my mind.
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    pickguards are really cool sir...

    he's amazing! thank you big mike...
     
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    I have been transcribing some junior brown on lap and on guitar, makes me wish for a guit steel!!!
     
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    I figured that I needed something to keep the lap strings from cutting into the wood. Here are some pop rivets with the mandrels removed sitting in the holes I drilled for the strings. I'll super glue them in after sanding and finishing.
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