Danelectro style Tele Build

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  1. sjohnbruton

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    Once I knew the neck attachment was working, I had to trim down the screw length ever so slightly to make them fit under the fretboard.

    I rigged up a quick screw holder and went to see the bandsaw fitted with a metal cutting blade.

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    Stainless steel screws get really hot when you cut them with a bandsaw!

    Another test fitting proved that they would be happy under the fretboard!

    John
     
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    Next up: cutting fret slots. By hand...

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    It was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be!

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    Careful placement and deliberate moves yielded a very consistent depth. Overall, it went really smoothly. I did have one flub at the 10th fret.

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    Fortunately, even before I paint the fretboard, much of this will be removed when I do the radius.

    John
     
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    Earlier in the process, I had intended to install a non-adjustable reinforcement bar or rod like the Danos of old.

    Once I got this far, I decided to skip it. Sans rod it will be!

    Oak is really stout and even if the neck warps later, I'll just build another one!

    So, I positioned the board, secured the nut end with a short screw (the hole should disappear when I sand the transition from nut to headstock), and glued it down.

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    After it dried, I trimmed it close, then routed to shape!

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    Now I need to radius the fretboard before installing frets, drilling for tuners, thicknessing the headstock, and carving the neck profile... Nothing to it, right?

    John
     
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    Radius the fretboard...

    How to do that without buying a tool on the web and waiting for it to arrive?

    Why, make your own, of course!

    After about two hours of layout, cutting, drilling, and measuring, I had one of these:

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    It's not the best pic, but it is an adjustable radius cutting jig. I set it up to route all the favorites: 7.25", 9.5", 10", 11", 12", 14", 15", 16", 18", and 20".

    Next weekend I hope to make several 12" radius blocks, glue them into a sanding beam, and radius my neck.

    John
     
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    The multi piece radius sanding beam didn't work so well... It was too difficult to make the multiple small layers line up to make a smooth sanding surface.

    So, I built one of these:

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    $28 HF laminate trimmer and some scrap ply.

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    John
     
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    From here it was a quick jump to this:

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    I used the arched cutoff from the radius to wedge the neck in place.

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    It came out pretty smooth!

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    But, I still need to make that radius beam for finish sanding and fret leveling...

    John
     
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    I also started finishing the body. Valspar spray cans from the Blue big box. Baby blue!

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    This is closer to the actual color:

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    That's it for this weekend. I'll let the body dry all week before I start the top coat.

    John
     
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    That looks painfully familiar. Watch out for birds!
     
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    Looking good John, happy with the way my own (inspired by yours) version of this turned out (must shoot video), and am planning on building something similar for a friend of mine in the future. The convertible is very a cool noodling-on-the-couch-in-the-middle-of-the-night-when-everyone's-gone-to-bed kind of guitar!

    cheers
     
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    Ha! I hope yours repairs well...

    John
     
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    Thanks! I didn't realize I had inspired your build! That's awesome!

    The Convertible is great for quiet playing. I hope mine will have some "unplugged" volume... No way of knowing until I string her up!

    Thanks for watching.

    John
     
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    LOL!


    Flashbacks, eh?
     
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    Dario, I apologize for letting your awesome build slip my muddled mind!

    I went back and reread your convertible thread. That is a sweet looking guitar! And yes, you definitely need to post a video!

    John
     
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    Don't worry - no need to apologise, there's a lot of traffic on here. To be honest I'm not super happy with it's amplified sound but I think that's the particular pickup - too much midrange going on. In a perfect world I'd have gold foil in there... I also want to try my hand at winding but struggling to find the time to learn - perhaps in the cooler months of our winter when the idea of spending the evening in the garage is less appealing. Cheers
     
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    Where did you get your lipstick pup? Have you tried any of the offerings from GFS? That is where my bridge pup is from and I'm hoping it sounds good... Just have to wait and see.

    John
     
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    It was a cheapie I bought in a set from EY - it's ok but I don't think it suits that guitar or its "middle" position. I used some GFS in my Dano double cut build and really happy with those but the construction is quite different and they're in classic bridge and neck positions too so for my purposes it's hard to compare the two guitars. I have so many half finished projects that going back to this hasn't been a priority. Happy playing it acoustically for now. Carry on, it's looking good.
     
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    I can only hope my version has a decent "Dano" acoustic tone/feel when done! I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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    Do the gfs lipsticks actually sound like lipstick pickups? I've read mixed things.
     
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    To my ears, yes. Not sure that their high output versions do - can't say TBH, but the moderate output ones I bought are certainly in the ballpark.
     
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    Good to know.

    I've discovered recently that, to my ear, moderate or low output pickups often sound much better than their high output siblings. They certainly do just fine producing solid blues tones!

    John
     
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