First Build- Non-Telecaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jmich, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. Jmich

    Jmich TDPRI Member

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    Hello all!
    I've been skulking around in the shadows for a while trying to learn (a lot of great info here!) and finally decided it was time to sign up.
    This will be my first attempt at a build (purchased the neck) so any advice as I go will be appreciated. I've been buying parts for about a year and I think I've got everything to do this.
    I'm also hoping that this will get me back to playing. It's been a long LONG time since I've picked up a guitar (and I wasn't that good back then!).

    Anyway, I've got a few things started, so pics coming soon!
     
  2. Jmich

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    Here's the shape I've come up with and the first template:

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    And more templates:

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  3. Jmich

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    Probably should tell you what I'm planning.
    24 fret, 25.5" scale neck purchased from a builder on ebay.
    I've picked up a set of Seymour Duncan humbuckers.
    2 pc Alder body blank.
    I was going to go with a tremolo, but changed my mind after I got the neck, so it has a locking nut, but I don't suppose that should be an issue.
    Lots of other parts ready to go.
    Absolutely no idea on color yet.
     
  4. Jmich

    Jmich TDPRI Member

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    Went out today and routed the body shape.

    Started with this:

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    Here's the router bit from hell:

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    This thing is terrifying! I got about 3/4 around the body and it grabbed and flung the body across the garage...
    After I picked up my heart and put it back into my chest I was able to finish, but I've got this to deal with:

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    What's the best thing to fill this with?
     
  5. crazygtr

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    Did you try to rout the body perimeter without bandsawing it first to the line? If so, I'm sorry to report that you had it coming. I'm glad you're allright because that's the way people get hurt. That's a nasty router bit, you should never try to rout more than 1/16 with it. I think bondo can get you where you want to be.
     
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    +1

    What he said.
     
  7. GoodCleanFun

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    Cool shape bro. Got a bit of a Fernandes Ravelle thing going on.
     
  8. Jmich

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    Yes, I did try to route it all... no bandsaw here. Took most of it off first and it didn't grab until I was taking off the last 1/8" or so. If I build another I'll get some long jigsaw blades to cut it close first. Lesson learned!
    Bondo... check.
    Thanks
     
  9. Jmich

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    Thanks!
    I had to Google that. Definitely similar.
     
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    I would say just cut it off with your band saw, but.......
     
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    Yikes.....you are lucky you didn't hurt yourself. Half the challenge threads experienced the same thing. In my opinion, it is an unsafe technique that has manifested itself in this forum.....
     
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    Same old story, ain't it? Biting too much with a bit too long with a shaft too small. Glad you weren't hurt.

    You can also hog out around the body with a forstner bit , makes cutting a lot easier. I don't have bandsaw either so it really helps me.

    The other thing is the router bit. Get a shorter one but therefore bigger in diameter (like 20mm or so), route one half of the body, take the template off, route the rest. If your table is leveled, slight sanding removes all marks and you're good to go.
     
  13. Jmich

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    I'd seen this used by others here on the forum and thought it looked like a good way to go. It's not a method I'll use in the future.

    Good tips. Thanks!
     
  14. Bellybuster

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    love the Ravellish shape, I'm working on a Ravelle style overlayed on a LP template right now.
     
  15. Jmich

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    Thanks! Mine started out as a Melody Maker and I started tweaking from there. I don't think I've ever seen the Ravelle guitars before, so it's interesting that it came out that close. Just seemed to "fit".
     
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    Got a bit more done this week.

    Pickup and neck pockets routed

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    Control cavity routed

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    Went ahead and got the cover cut and shaped. It's going to have to be sanded down a bit after paint, but so far, so good.

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    Got the neck pocket to where the neck fits perfectly... not sure how much more room I need to allow for paint, but more sanding/chiseling to do.

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  18. Jmich

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    Moving along slowly.

    Added some light contouring for arm and belly, and softened the edges a bit.

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    Also drilled the holes for the controls and jack.

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    Also cut the control cover route a little deeper to allow for paint. May have gone a tad too deep this time, but that should be an easy fix if needed.
     
  19. Jmich

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    Drilled the holes for the neck plate, bridge and wiring... most of which ended up where I intended them to.
    I also cut the recess for the jack plate.

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    Also picked up a new toy

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    Progress is slow, but it's still moving along.
     
  20. plankmonger

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    Holy mother of humbucker! I saw the router bit, and new trouble was coming. Then I saw the uncut slab.
    Wow. You one lucky sailor to still have both hands.
     
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