flatfive's 2013 Build Challenge

Discussion in '2013 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by flatfive, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    This is a gold nugget. :cool:
     
  2. Captain Nutslot

    Captain Nutslot Friend of Leo's

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    :lol::lol: can't forget to lysol.
     
  3. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Almost got all the bits and pieces together.

    First thing was to get a tighter radius on the jack plate.
    I had no clue how to do this; finally placed the plate on
    some MDF and whacked a large dowel with a mallet:

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    Surely there's a better way...

    Realized I had no screws for the humbucker mounting ring,
    after having no luck at the hardware stores I ended up buying
    two rings (plus the mounting hardware I actually needed)
    at Guitar Center. I thought 8 bucks was pretty reasonable.

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    Did the wiring. A P-Rails pickup is actually two pickups
    mounted next to each other, a P-90 and a blade pickup,
    with separate wires for each. Put them in series and you've
    got a humbucker.

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    Spent quite a while "de-polishing" the neck with 0000 steel
    wool. Kept going until I couldn't find any area that was shinier
    than another.

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    Did a final cleaning of the neck and rubbed lemon oil on
    the rosewood.

    Hipshot locking tuners. For once I didn't cheap out -- pretty
    tuners.

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    Screwed the neck on for the first time!

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    First pic of the assembled guitar. Off to make the
    nut. "Honey, where's me nut?".

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  4. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

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    Sweet , go Glenn go !
     
  5. Mojotron

    Mojotron Poster Extraordinaire

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    Holy cow! That is a great looking guitar!

    +1
     
  6. Mbechmann

    Mbechmann Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

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    Ddddddaaaaaaannnnnngggggggg. This one is outstanding. I love the neck. Thats the first I have ever seen anything like that.
     
  7. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    WOW.

    That looks a million bucks, Glenn. Beautiful.
     
  8. jim the plumber

    jim the plumber Tele-Holic

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    wow and my wife says wow as well and she knows guitars
     
  9. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Guitar's together and it sounds good. Still working on the
    setup.

    Making the nut took longer than expected. One good thing:
    the two E strings lie just right along both edges of the
    fingerboard. It must partly be luck because I'm sure if
    I built the same guitar tomorrow it wouldn't work out
    this well.

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    Used bone for the nut, but I'm wondering if black corian
    would've looked better.

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    Flatwounds!

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  10. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    Really sharp Glen! Now let's hear it! :)


    Rob
     
  11. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, Rob.

    Actually have an old friend from out-of-state staying
    here tonight. Plenty of time for the vid in the morning.

    The bad news was an electrical problem that took me
    a while to figure out. Embarrassingly, it was the same
    problem I had to solve at the end of last year's challenge. :oops:

    The good news is that the guitar hardly needed any setup
    at all. Intonation was just about perfect; string and pickup
    height are fine but probably could be tweaked slightly.

    Almost forgot that I need to screw in the strap buttons!
     
  12. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Well, there's a couple of flubs, but my other takes had
    some harsh crackling sounds from the camera or software.

    30 minutes to spare!

     
  13. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Photos coming soon.
     
  14. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Wow Glen, that looks and sounds fantastic!!!
     
  15. dazzaman

    dazzaman Tele-Afflicted

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    Great sounding Glenn, fantastic job!
     
  16. Allthesound

    Allthesound Tele-Afflicted

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    You did it Glen my hats off to you!! Sounds great and looks like a winner to me! Love how you pulled it all together. Congrats on a superb build!
     
  17. rockdog.

    rockdog. Tele-Meister

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    Wow, that's a great sounding guitar! Well done!
     
  18. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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  19. Allthesound

    Allthesound Tele-Afflicted

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    Sweeeet!! Simply stunning Glen! You never cease to amaze! Congrats on a super fine build !!
     
  20. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Specs:

    - alder body with hidden chambering and inlaid smoked
    eucalyptus veneer top
    - maple neck with inlaid rosewood fingerboard, angled
    headstock using V-joint, inlaid smoked eucalyptus veneer top
    - 25" scale length
    - Seymour Duncan P-Rails pickup, neck position
    - Wilkinson roller bridge and Gotoh stop tailpiece
    - Hipshot locking tuners
    - flatfive logos in MOP inlaid on 12th fret and headstock
    - matted Tru-Oil finish on neck (except for front of headstock)
    - lacquer sanding sealer finish on body and front of headstock
     
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