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

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

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  1. his dudeness

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    they will upgrade to quadruple neck guitars
     
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    Someone needs to call Jr Brown. He might be interesred in this one:lol:
     
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    OK, Tonite's basement action included finishing the aluminum string ferrules and routing a neck pickup in the pickguard. I had to re-rout for the strat pup in the body too. I like the white on red. We're looking at 20 dollars in pups and about 10 in switches as out of pocket costs.

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    Bleached dogbone from PetSmart cut into pieces.[​IMG]
    Sawing a piece in half.
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    I superglued the nut blank to a piece of thicknessed pine and ran it against a fence clamped to the table until 1/8". I never really tried this before. It worked! The gel superglue was still tacky too.
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    Here it is with a homemade aluminum neck plate. Now the nut making begins.
     
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    I'm loving this one on every level!

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    All sanded and ready for a natural finish.
    An oil finish would be nice to the touch. In keeping with the cheap,easy to apply, and green theme. I'll see what I have in the house. I decided to keep the knotty pine look in the peghead. I made a couple of maple knobs too. I decided to do the little radius on the transition to the lap to mirror the little radius on the tele neck cavity.

    I'm thinking I should have called this a Telelapster.

    I had a pt. of water poly, regular poly, a couple rattle cans of lacquer, and some Watco. I went with the Watco. Now if it doesn't go up in flames, we can do another coat later or tomorrow. ( Watco rags can sometimes light themselves up, you have to put them in water).
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    Have you weighed it in this state? Or rather in your state?
     
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    I haven't weighed it yet. Most of these piners have been around 4. 5 lb give or take without the lap.
     
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    Amasing...simply amasing job!

    Just wish I had a friend like you to bug on the weekends...:D
    Congrats!
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    A couple light coats of danish oil.
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    the lap fretboard looks great with some oil on it
     
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    Looks great, and should be killer to play. Thanks for the originality. Keep us posted for sure, and put up a soundclip. And get back to shoveling that snow!!
     
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    Thanks everybody. Snow? I heard we broke the record for rain yesterday. Had over an inch. It's been in th 50's here for a couple of weeks.
     
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    So freakin' sweet!!!
    You should wire it up so the lap steel pickup is RW/RP to the tele pups, if possible, then you have a dummy coil, no hum!
     
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    I calculated that I could afford a cheap import bridge to help the cause. I found some red ribbon to wrap the lead coil with. Everything else buttoned up. I just need to solder the electronics in. Zach,(aka goatboy), one of our greyhounds managed to chew the peghead a bit, so now it has its first dings. Oh well, there's more to come. I finished the neck in Watco danish oil as well. Cheezy tuners, but well worth the price as they were take offs in the parts dept. I decided to use these knobs instead of the wooden or plastic ones I made. These have a lower profile which will facilitate the lap playing I believe.
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    The snakehead neck is one piece with no rod. It is quartersawn maple strung with 9's. The lap neck is strung with 12's.
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    That's a strat pickup superglued to an aluminum mounting plate that I made. I have a ton of strat pups, but no tele lead pups except a Fender which would have put me over the 100 dollar limit. My rough estimate is about 90 dollars right now. I will itemize the parts tomorrow after the soldering session.
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    Wow this is so over the top nothing out there like this !:eek:
    How does it sound:?:

    Will this become a PineMart Custom Shop model :p
     
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    Holy crap...

    Great work.
     
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    I really had some fun with this, although I am experiencing some burn out after a long week at the day job. It's not wired yet, but the strings sustain for a loonnnnng time when strummed.
     
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    I love the dual neck. My first lap steel was a Gretsch Electromatic, in gold/tan MOTS. It was a screamer. I've also done a little dobro and pedal steel work, so I am an admirer.

    That knob looks SO much like the one I put on the push-pull volume for my "Spa-Caster". Is it the same?

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    You're in the home stretch - you can do it!!
     
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    These are about 5/8 Dia and about 1/2 high I'd say. I found them while rummaging through the parts for some tuner mounting screws and all the other good junk. I think RatShack might sell these too.
     
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