Danelectro style Tele Build

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

  1. sjohnbruton

    sjohnbruton Tele-Holic

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    Thanks for the support. My next project: routing a channel for the aluminum reinforcement bar and gluing on the fret board. Maybe I can get it together for this weekend... ;)
     
  2. metalmayhem

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    How's the build going. We're all waiting with bated breath
     
  3. sjohnbruton

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    Slowly, as usual... :oops:

    Bated breath is one thing, but PLEASE don't hold your breath. I would hate to be responsible for someone turning blue and hitting their head...

    This project is on my mind almost constantly. I just have a tough time clearing my schedule enough to actually work on it!

    Thanks for your interest. And your patience. ;)
     
  4. sjohnbruton

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    I've been working a crap ton lately, so (as usual) no big progress. :neutral: However, I did recently acquire some more hardware from GPR!

    In keeping with the Dano aesthetic I now have a set of white buttoned Kluson style tuners and (my new favorite) white witch hat knobs!

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    Maybe I can make sawdust and sling paint someday soon.... :rolleyes:
     
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    Looking good :), still with ya' bro ;)
     
  6. crazygtr

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    Hey, what's up.
     
  7. sjohnbruton

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    Hey crazygtr, I'm still struggling to make time to work on this project...

    The body is ready for paint and I have all my hardware and supplies, but I haven't done the neck yet. I've got a few days off coming up, so maybe soon.

    I will definitely post progress as it is made. Thanks for your interest.

    John
     
  8. sjohnbruton

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    Holy zombie thread, Batman!

    It lives! Sort of...

    With all the great Danelectro inspired builds going on around here recently, I decided to dig this one out.

    My hope is to work on it a little bit at a time in between other projects... I really want to get this one done now!


    John
     
  9. sjohnbruton

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    So, I decided to start painting...

    The plan is for a coat of cheap, white spray paint as a primer/ base coat. Sand between coats, then some sufficiently Dano-esque light blue color coat. I'm undecided about a clear top coat.

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    First few coats of white done.

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    That's it for now. See y'all in another year! Just kidding... I hope!


    John
     
  10. ModerneGuy

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    Hey John, nice to see one of the inspirations for my current build moving forward again. Hope you can find the time to finish it soon.


    Now I didn't go back to the beginning of the thread, but what are doing re the fretboard - a natural finish or were you going to paint that too?


    cheers
     
  11. sjohnbruton

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    Thanks for the kick in the pants!

    About the neck... My original plan was (and eventually will be later) to do a custom oak & poplar neck with an aluminum nut, a non-adjustable truss rod, and full color coat to match the body.

    As with all great plans, given enough (too much) time, it is easy to rethink them. So here's the deal:

    A million years (ok, more like 22 years) ago, a friend of mine gave me a Warmoth tele neck with 22 frets and abalone dots. It's a nice neck that has been waiting for a body for some time now. The problem is that it was covered (and I mean super thickly covered) in a magenta/pinkish red poly! Naturally, I removed the old finish, but traces remain. See below:

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    Yes, it really is still that red... So now, I'm thinking of either:

    1. Proceeding with this neck and fully painting it as I would have done the custom neck. Or

    2. Attempting (again) to get this neck truly back to its natural maple color, then finishing it in Tru Oil so it can be used on a future body/project.

    No decision as yet. Input is welcomed!


    John
     
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    Wow, that's... ummm... red :lol:.

    I can imagine you'd spend tons of time trying to get it maple-colored again, but never fully succeed, which means you'd end up painting it anyway after spending all that time trying to clean it up. To me it looks like the perfect subject for the full paint job for this guitar.
     
  13. sjohnbruton

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    I am certainly leaning this way.

    When I originally stripped the old finish, I used about a quart of acetone on the wood after the poly was off. I'm not sure it's really possible for this neck to be truly natural colored again...

    If anyone has a good tip on how to remove left over dye, I'm all ears!


    John
     
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    I'd rather put the neck completely in a vacuum chamber and color it black ;)
     
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    So that's what's up...Glad to see this.
     
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    Super cool guitar. Looks like you're getting dangerously close to completion :)
     
  17. sjohnbruton

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    Actually, one of the projects I was originally considering this neck for was going to be all black...


    Thanks.


    Let's not get crazy! I don't think I'm dangerously close to anything except maybe the longest build time for a Dano type Tele!


    John
     
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    I don't know how I missed this build but I'm sure glad that I found it. This looks like a great project. I'm loving it!!!
     
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    Cinder blocks are your friends! Ammo cans filled with rocks or sand (or bullets) are effective weights for glueing flat panels.
     
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  20. sjohnbruton

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    You missed it through no fault of your own... I put it away for about two years, but now it's back! Thanks for the love.


    True... Sadly, I don't have any ammo cans full of bullets. I have used paint cans, though.



    John
     
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