F Hole Conversion?

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  1. KazPed

    KazPed TDPRI Member

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    hey all
    I have a telecaster body i would like to use, but i wondered if theres a way i could give it an f hole, suppose convert it from a normal solidy body, to a thinline one? and how to do it? thanks
     
  2. kayarcee

    kayarcee TDPRI Member

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    Plane about 1/8th of an inch off of the top, route out the chambers on the upper bout and lower bout (I'm sure there are a few templates in the resources section or in this very forum's archives for Thinline cavities), and then build a top out of 1/8th inch-thick maple/alder/spruce/rosewood/luan/plywood/mdf/chipboard/your wood here
     
  3. KazPed

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    hmmm, so how difficult would this be for someone with limited workshop experience?
     
  4. jefrs

    jefrs Doctor of Teleocity

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    Hi, KazPed.
    Assuming you've never used either a plane or a router before then, sorry, this is a bit of a no-no for a first job. If you really want a thinline then buy a thinline body. Otherwise you're looking at setting up a workshop for what may be a one-off job.
     
  5. KazPed

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    well ive used a plane and a router before. and my school has a workshop and some experienced teachers! (who are also guitarists)
     
  6. Jack Wells

    Jack Wells Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    First of all ......... 1/8 in is a bit thin for a top. Thinline tops are about 1/4 in. thick.

    Second, I would not take a hand plane to a guitar usless you are an expert in the use of such a tool. You could run it through a 13 in. surface planer. The smarter way would be to take 1/4 in. off the back unless you have a really nice bookmatched top that you want to use.

    Another option is do something like the following:

    ......[​IMG]

    This was done without any paint touch-up ........ hence the odd pickguard shape. Here's how I did it.

    Weight Reduction Plan
     
  7. KazPed

    KazPed TDPRI Member

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    wow man, that is amazing. how does it sound as a hollow body? or is the f hole purely for show really?
     
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    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yes, 1/8" is way too thin. 1/4" is more typical for a cap like that.


    That's a very cool design Jack.
     
  9. varakeef

    varakeef Tele-Afflicted

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    With a very limited wood working skills I hollowed one solid body like this:
    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-tech/95975-yet-another-thinline-project.html

    It's in no way an example of how to do it, but I think it shows the amount of great hints and advising you get from here. There's lots of don'ts there, but it worked out well eventually.

    And I got some help with the planing of the back, but basically it was a project of how do a hand router work. :D
     
  10. jefrs

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    KazPed, if you've got access to the workshop, tools and tutors, then off you go!

    I might be inclined to do the routing before planning off 1/4-in or more, that way a template can be screwed firmly to the top, also less planning to do, especially if you have a big bench planner or surfacer. A carved-top maple cap might look real pretty.
     
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