Danelectro style Tele Build

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

  1. ModerneGuy

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    ...on the bed:eek:

    looking good. I'm doing a Dano-type thing myself at the moment and I can see myself experimenting a bit with the Dano-vibe on a few more builds in the future. You've got me thinking that maybe I should have done the T-Nuts thing...my thinking with going conventional Dano is that Dano's usually survive without a neck-plate so hopefully mine will. Time reveals all I guess.
     
  2. vintage clubber

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    very cool thread! Did GFS resolve the pickup baseplate fit issue?
     
  3. Dan R

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    Love it! What a capital idea. Using the Danelectro convertible design on a tele is genius. I always thought that was a cool design. It's really shaping up nicely.

    Dan R
     
  4. sjohnbruton

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    Thanks Dave. I'm looking forward to the oak neck too.
     
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    This is coming along great!
     
  6. sjohnbruton

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    Yeah... I thought about that bed thing after I posted. :oops: Oh well...

    Thanks for your comments, by the way.

    I went with T-nuts because I was already planning a two piece neck. I figured the install would be easy enough. We shall see. I also was hoping for a stronger anchor point. The 59 Dano had a longer neck pocket with only three in-line screws. Since the Tele pocket is shorter I figured T-bolts certainly won't hurt anything.
     
  7. sjohnbruton

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    Nope. I'm still convinced they got a bad batch of base plates. I've since bought a Fender vintage bridge and its just the same. ALL of my Fender and after market pups fit both the Stew-Mac and Fender bridges perfectly. The GFS lipsticks still do not line up. Oh well. :neutral:

    I'm just gonna Dremmel the forward hole of the bridge out to make it fit. I hope it looks ok.
     
  8. sjohnbruton

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    Thank guys. I appreciate the feedback.
     
  9. sjohnbruton

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    Neck pocket time. First step is the all important layout. Setting up to make the template.
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    Next the critical alignment of the center lines.
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    Centerline looks great. Notice anything out of the ordinary here? I didn't....
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    Until much later... The pocket is too short by a full inch!

    An old habit of mine is to measure from a whole inch mark, not the end of the tape (or ruler) because the end is not as accurate for very short or precise measurements. It seems I forgot to compensate. Chalk it up to experience. :oops:
     
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  10. sjohnbruton

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    As I was yet unaware of my error in measurement, I progressed happily on.

    I used the machined edge of some scrap 1/4" MDF to use as a guide around the clamped down neck. A few brad nails to keep it in place.
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    Routed out the template pocket.
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    And ended up with a pretty tight fitting template.
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    Except it was in the wrong place... :rolleyes:
     
  11. sjohnbruton

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    All-in-all, it was an easy fix to go from this:
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    To this:
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    A much better look... AND the proper scale length. ;)
     
  12. crazydave911

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    Better 10 mistakes on a template than one on the body ;)
     
  13. crazygtr

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    Is that red oak your using for the neck?
     
  14. sjohnbruton

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    I couldn't agree more!
     
  15. sjohnbruton

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    Yup. Plain old hardware store one-by-four...:D
     
  16. sjohnbruton

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    Up next, pocket routing!

    Here is the corrected cavity template.
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    And the sacrificial lamb.
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  17. sjohnbruton

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    First step is to hog out a bit of the target area.
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    Then carefully set the bit depth and go for it! I ended up with a surprisingly smooth pocket area. :cool:
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    Close ups...
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    Had a little chip-out to clean up with a razor and sand paper, but overall, I'm pretty happy with the results.
     
  18. sjohnbruton

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    The current state of affairs:
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    And,
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    More soon. I'm itching to sling paint! But I think I need to wait until the neck is done. We'll see... :rolleyes:
     
  19. TexasTodd

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    Wow, its looking great!
     
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    What he said! :D
     
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