First commisioned build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Kinghat, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Kinghat

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    The sharp line came out fine. The trick is to have the sides of the guitar as flat as possible. In the process of cleaning the dye that bled through to the sides, I disfigured the flatness a bit of the butt-end of body. When I routed the roundover that portion wound up being thinner. It fixed easily enough, but next time I will maker certain to start with perfectly perpendicular sides. All in all, I believe it is a technique I will be using again.

    Here's a pic that shows the section that was skinnier than the rest:
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  2. Kinghat

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    ok, not the best pic, lol
     
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    How can you get the maple to look this good from every angle? Some angles it just disappears.
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  4. Glen Smith

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    That looks great!
     
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    Faux binding looks great. Might have to give it a try on my next build.
     
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    How did you do a Faux binding with stain? And looks awesome! Kinda like a strat brother of the orange tele that james made.
     
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    Not usually a faux binding fan but it looks fantastic on that. Keep the updates coming
     
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    The guitar looks awesome!!!
     
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    Thanks for the info. I'm impressed. It's going to be a sweet guitar.
     
  11. Kinghat

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    Thanks guys. As with everything I do, all I can see are the flaws, but it is turning out like I envisioned it.
     
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    Maybe if you really wanted the flame maple to POP, when you dyed it - perhaps a dark brown dye, sanded back so only the flames retained the color, then seal and dye with the orange/amber. That's the technique I have seen on one link from Finely Finished forum. For blue tints, go with black dye, for amber/red/orange use brown.

    This is going to be a very nice guitar, in all due respect, nice.
     
  13. Kinghat

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    I couldn't resist doing a quick mock-up before I started sanding the sealer.

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    I don't think I've said this, but this is a tele body with the upper recreated by duplicating the lower. I free-handed the transition at the bass/top side and left all else Tele.
     
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    buffed out the backside today

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  16. Glen Smith

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    That looks great! I am sure glad I have never had my backside buffed.:D
     
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    As mentioned, you can stain/dye with a darker color, sand it back, and apply your final color afterwards. That will make the figure stand out from all angles. Personally, I prefer what you have done. When it is accentuated with a dark color first, it gets "locked" and looks artificial to my eye. Granted, the figuring is bold, but it loses some of the 3 dimensional effect. What you have done is to allow the natural beauty stand out from some angles, and "move" when viewed from different angles. To me, a plain looking top that flashes and comes alive in motion is more desirable. It's all taste and opinion, and personal preference. I've gone both routes with excellent results. Good looking guitar. ;)
     
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    I love the look of the back.
     
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    +1
     
  20. Kinghat

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    Getting close to finished. I still have to wire it and set the action and intonation, but I have the pickups mounted and the tone and volume pots in.

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