First build and first Tele.

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  1. Maroonandwhite

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    As the title states this is my first build. I went with the following:
    • Warmoth Lightweight Swamp Ash body finished with a shellac base coat and satin lacquer top coat.
    • Warmoth quartersawn maple neck with rosewood board. 10-16” radius. Sperzel licking tuners
    • Dimarzio True Velvet pickups with classic wiring.
    • Gotoh “in tune” bridge with compensated brass saddles.
    I’m still waiting on the bridge, screws and other parts you don’t see to come in but I’m close to the end. I did about 4 light layers of lacquer over the shellac so I’m going to give it a good few weeks to harden up before use.

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    Looks nice! Hope you like your Warmoth neck as much as I like my two.
    BTW....a tortoise pick guard sure would look nice on that natural body. ;)
     
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  3. Maroonandwhite

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    I’ve got a start with that same combo so I thought I’d mix it up.
     
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    Nice, good luck on the rest of the build! Love me some licking tuners!!
     
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    Does anyone have some tips on locating and drilling the pick guard and control plate holes? Also on mounting the neck.

    All of my parts will be in tomorrow to complete it and while it seems straightforward I’ll take any knowledge gained by others mistakes!
     
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    Get the bridge mounted first. Then lay the pickguard on the body, centered and flush with the neck pocket cutout on one end and centered on the bridge at the other end. Tape it securely on place on the body, but not covering the screw holes or the cutout for the control plate.

    Lay the control plate into its cutout on the pickguard, and measure the distance between the edge of the plate and the treble side of the bridge plate to ensure they are parallel with one another. Tape it in place.

    Now mark the screw hole locations for the 'guard and plate with a pencil (I prefer a fine Sharpie). Remove the plate and guard, and use an awl to make a little dimple in the wood in the center of each little circle you drew. Use a 1/16" drill to make a hole 1/2" deep at each screw location.

    Done!
     
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    Excellent! My first build was also a tele, but with less nice parts than that. And I still loved it. Enjoy the process, and the result!
     
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    938DCF18-6BBB-4A7A-B1F3-E3D3E0EF7F1F.jpeg 23EE89AE-0D21-4E5F-B07B-69AC01CAA40C.jpeg 923904DE-F134-49E6-91E2-03AB313EE505.jpeg I told my brother in law that if I ever have a mistress (I won’t) this would be her. So the name might stick. I couldn’t have asked for the neck and body to match better than they do. I’m hoping to finish it up later today and get to playing. I haven’t checked to see how the neck lines up with the bridge yet but being that they are both Warmoth I’m hoping the know how to match.
     
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    That's going to be one nice under 7 pound Tele!
     
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    I didn’t even mention that! Compared to my Strat, it feels like a feather.
     
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    Don't drill pickguard screw holes until final assembly and after you have the hardware and neck mounted since in most cases, the pick guard interfaces with them. It's one of the last things you do before installing strings and doing final setup.
     
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    A3873A12-AE37-43A3-9899-7B54F98A0E66.jpeg So everything is on and set. I have a constant high pitched tone coming out regardless of switch position. Goes down with tone control and volume. Doesn’t stop/start with me touching the strings. I’m stumped. I have it wired up exactly as 920D suggests. I had no color code on the pickups but am I correct assuming the wires didn’t matter as long as I have them both the same?

    I twisted the ground to save space. Is that an issue?
     
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    That gorgeous. The rosewood on that neck is top-notch. My first build was a tele too and it cost about 1/2 what you have there and turned out 1/10th as nice.

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    Could actually be my work environment. The only other electric I’ve played here was a dual hum bucker. Fluorescent lights everywhere in here and this noise was not present at my house when I tested the other night. The only thing I’ve added were the neck, bridge and strings. No additional wiring since.
     
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    I’ve thought about swapping my control plate over like that. That looks sweet. I’m hoping mine ages somewhat over time.
     
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    Don’t have an accurate scale at the house but it looks somewhere around 5.5 to 6 lbs with strings.
     
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    Based on body weight it should be about 6.75 lbs. The one I built from a Warmoth body is 7.5 and definitely heavier than I like. That body was 4.5 lbs.
     
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    Got it all going and I’m loving it. Sounds better than I could have imagined. The only thing I may do is get a setup / nut filing done. It’s about .020 at the nut on each string. My Strat is somewhere around .010 but I may actually like this better on the Tele. Time will tell.

    On the high pitched tone I mentioned earlier; it was something at work. Most likely the lighting. Quiet as a mouse at home so for now I won’t be doing any shielding.
     
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    One last pic of the family. 30FB258C-04F6-415E-B6A9-CD14E81A4FDC.jpeg
     
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