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Electric tenor guitar build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by bobbytouche, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. nasonm

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    Not to fuel the tenor fire, but have you all seen the Eastwood Warren Ellis mandotenor double neck?

     
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    I want it so bad! But $999 :(
     
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    More progress

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    I just realized it's hard to see in the picture. I routed the neck pocket and slimmed the headstock down to about .60" on the good ol' safe-t planer.
     
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    Nice grain structure!
     
  6. bobbytouche

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    Yeah! I was initially gonna use a solid color finish. But now I'm thinkin Butterscotch blonde. ;)
     
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    Ok, I'm really bad about taking pictures, but today I got the truss rod slot routed and installed. Slotted the fingerboard, bandsawed a lot of the excess off and it's glued and in clamps. Progress.
     
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    I think I spread my frets out a shred too wide. But that's what intonating is for, right? ;p
     
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    Nope. Nope. Nope. Not gonna continue with that neck. Gonna get the truss rod outa there and start over. New wood on the way.
     
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    Hey. Just stumbled across this thread. Not sure how to add a link but you might searching the DIY channel for "3/4 scale wolfgangs". I guess those were technically tenor guitars.
     
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    Please tell me you got your handle from the Ministry song.
     
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    Nope. From being one of several with the same last name. But your idea sounds better. I might use that from now on. "Yeah. It's from the Ministry song. Yep. Ministry. Song." I digress. So, why a tenor build? Shorter scale? Higher range? General interest?
     
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    And is the Peavey 6505+ all that and a bag of chips? It has come up several times lately in unrelated and disparate conversations. I'm thinking the universe might be leading me to it. Or vice versa.
     
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    I'm a big Warren Ellis fan. So I removed the bottom two strings on my Danelectro and tuned it like a violin. I've had a lot of fun with it, but it's not a proper tenor. I play a lot of very strange music with my sister and am always looking for new sounds and challenges.
     
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    I adore my Peavey. It's not my number 1 amp in my back line, but it does the perfect job when you need to get the attention of the crowd. With a good OD pedal in front of it set on 1 or so, it's it's so tight and balanced. I used to play Mesa's, Diezels, Marshall high gains, but the 6505+ is so easily tweaked to the exact sound you want.
     
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    The 3/4's have a ~19 and change scale length which is about equivalent to a 25.5 with a capo on the 5th. I used a shorter dual action truss rod from stew Mac (12.25" with 4mm Allen key I think) with the adjustment made at the bridge end of the neck. And the whole thing is shorter. Obviously.
     
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    I had one of the Ellis tenors and it was really cool. I had tried to get one of those cool green ones but they were out. They are apparently selling a lot of them. The scale length is 23". It seems a lot different than a 3/4 size guitar. More like a 7/8 with 4 strings. I bought it because of the scale but for me it sounded too much like a banjo so I returned it.

    Would try it again some day.
     
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    Yeah, I agree with everything you said. To address what you said about the banjo sound, you're right!. But put a dirt pedal on there, do your upside down power chords (lol) and it makes some really neat sounds.
     
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    Slow goin'. But still goin'!

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