First build plywood telecaster (proof of concept)

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  1. epimenio

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    My wife bought me the Stewmac 54’ telecaster guitar template last month for my Bday.

    Decided to start this weekenD
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    Glued up some plywood yesterday Cut the body shape out. Still need to route all of the cavity holes.

    Neck
    Used some scrap pine for the neck and maple for the fretboard. Need to read up more on slotting for the fretboard

    also working on jigs for neck profiling and finger board Radius


    Anywho I promised I would share
     

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    Interesting project. Will you be installing a truss rod, adjustable or otherwise?
     
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    Looking to do something about like that myself
     
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    Be interested to see how it all comes together
     
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    Today, I had one of those odd thoughts that come out of nowhere..:rolleyes:

    I wondered whether some of the places Bugs Bunny mentions in the cartoons were real places...

    like Cucamonga....:eek:.. that was the first one that came to mind...wooooo...:cool::lol:

    good luck with your build..;)
     
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    Good plan on making a prototype first ;) sometimes those turn into players. You learn it's not the fancy wood that's needed.

    I see you are preparing for the angled wiring slot. You don't need that if you get an electrician's drill bit and from the neck pocket drill flat from either the corner of the neck pocket to the corner of the neck pickup cavity to the control cavity, or from the neck pocket through the neck pickup cavity to the bridge pickup cavity then the usual bridge pickup cavity to control cavity hole.

    That way you can build the guitar without a pickguard and show off more wood.

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    That's a great idea thank you!
     
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    Boreas Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    To make it a player, you may want to consider that piece of pine with the knot in it for the neck. What you could try is laying up some laminated wood or good plywood (Martin does it vertically on some less-expensive models) for the neck, then using the fretboard you planned. Pine isn't likely to be too stable for the neck - especially with that knot.
     
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    I do plan to play it. Maybe convert it into a travel guitar to lug around with me when I am on vacation or traveling.
    I do have some extra plywood lying around and forming the initial neck profile is not hard, I was a little concerned about how plywood would hold up when I shaped it. I see your point. I might have some harder denser wood like oak in my scrap pile. either that or I can just buy a board and glue it up I guess. The pine was just a suitably sized piece of timber at hand.

    Thanks!
     
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    By all means do the plywood neck. The laminate construction is very stable and sometimes looks good as well. You can check my thread on the plywood tele. I have just finished shaping of the all-plywood neck and it was not harder, if not easier than a normal solid wood one.
     
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