Danelectro style Tele Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by sjohnbruton, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. sjohnbruton

    sjohnbruton Tele-Holic

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    Six months ago, I said I was back at this project. I was half right... I did, at least, move it from deep storage up to the back burner!

    In the meantime, I started and finished a barnwood tele. The momentum from that project has carried over to this one, so now I really am on track to get this puppy done! Really. No seriously, this time. I swear!

    John
     
  2. sjohnbruton

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    When I last updated this build, I had put a primer coat on the body and was still mulling my options for the neck.

    The original idea was to do a Dano type neck with a non-adjustable reinforcements rod. I later thought to use an already made, 22 fret Warmoth neck, but I ended up putting that on one the barnwood build.

    So, I went back to the original plan. I had already made the neck blank from red oak.

    I started by laying out the frets on the poplar (yes, seriously, poplar!) fretboard blank.

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    Since the original neck plan was to use T-bolts and stainless machine screws,

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    I had to remark the locations for the decorative washers.

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    I'm using a trapezoid layout that will give the washers enough real estate and provide plenty of stability!

    John
     
  3. NotAnotherHobby

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    So what you're saying is:

    I see a red neck and I want to paint it black.

    No color anymore I want to turn it black.

    Right?
     
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  4. sjohnbruton

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    I drilled the mounting holes and lined up the neck.

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    Then, with the neck in place, I give it a quick bump with a 1/4" Forstner bit to mark the screw locations on the blank.

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    I then drilled very small pilot holes on the screw locations,

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    flipped the blank over, and drilled the countersink for the T-bolts.

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    Once that was done, I flipped the blank again and finished drilling the mounting holes.

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    John
     
  5. sjohnbruton

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    This made me laugh out loud!

    Just remember, where I'm from, I see red necks all the time... [emoji12]

    John
     
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    So sjohnburton: what did you use to fill the gaps / voids in the plywood layers? The body I'm working on is plywood too and I was wondering what I should use to fill them.
     
  7. sjohnbruton

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    Next up, I seated the T-bolts with a hammer and a specialized T-bolt seating tool.

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    Not bad for my first time using these!

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    I then reattached the neck to check alignment. Looks good to me.

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    John
     
  8. sjohnbruton

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    I used cabinet grade Baltic birch ply and didn't really experience much in the way of voids. The cheaper pine stuff is usually where gaps come into play.

    Assuming you managed to avoid any big voids or knot patches on the face of the ply, I would just use a good wood putty to fill any voids between the laminations. Let it dry, sand it flush, and no one will be the wiser.

    John
     
  9. sjohnbruton

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    The next job was to try and fix the wavy alignment of the string through holes.

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    First, I laid out the intended locations. Then I made a pilot block and set to work!

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    Much better!

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    John
     
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    Hurry up man! My limited attention span can hardly wait to hear a report on how this monster sounds!
     
  11. sjohnbruton

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    I'm trying, already! Besides, this build has been poking along since the Build Challenge of 2012!

    If your attention span can take it, I might just finish it this year...

    Thanks for your support!

    John
     
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    All these minor (and some major!) steps, tweaks, and changes are being done in hopes of being able to spray a color coat on both the body and neck very soon.

    When I hauled off and primed the body with cheap white rattle can six months ago, I really wasn't really ready for that step.

    So, now I'm getting all the holes right before going back to painting!

    John
     
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    In order to mount the bridge, I had to solve the lingering problem of the misaligned lipstick plate.

    As I addressed in the deep recesses of this thread, the pup from GFS didn't line up with multiple Tele bridges.

    GFS was cool about it and tried to fix the issue by sending me another pup, but it had the same issue.

    Instead of fighting that battle, I chose to enlarge the two bridge plate holes that didn't line up:

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    Next I positioned the neck pup and drilled holes.

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    Since hardboard is not actually hard on both sides, I had some tear out on the underside of the top near the sound hole. While this spot will end up being unseen when the guitar is done, I felt compelled to repair it. Also, I wanted to strengthen the hole itself. So I put in a drop of glue, pressed it together with tape, and let it dry. Once dry, I redrilled the holes and presto! All better!

    Here is the hardware layout before mounting:

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    And after all the screw holes are done! I'm loving it!

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    John
     
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    very cool!
     
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    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    Looks great John! What is the bridge pup?
     
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    Thanks!

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    Thank you Rob!

    That is the Pro Tube Lipstick Tele Bridge pup from GFS. I hope it sounds half as good as it looks!

    Have you done any lipstick pups yet?

    John
     
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    Hi John,
    Yup, in both single coil and humbuckers. Not a lot of room to work in there!
    Rob
     
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    That looks great John!!!
     
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    Thanks!

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