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Discussion in '2013 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by flatfive, Jul 21, 2013.
This is a gold nugget.
can't forget to lysol.
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:
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.
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.
Spent quite a while "de-polishing" the neck with 0000 steel
wool. Kept going until I couldn't find any area that was shinier
Did a final cleaning of the neck and rubbed lemon oil on
Hipshot locking tuners. For once I didn't cheap out -- pretty
Screwed the neck on for the first time!
First pic of the assembled guitar. Off to make the
nut. "Honey, where's me nut?".
Sweet , go Glenn go !
Holy cow! That is a great looking guitar!
Ddddddaaaaaaannnnnngggggggg. This one is outstanding. I love the neck. Thats the first I have ever seen anything like that.
That looks a million bucks, Glenn. Beautiful.
wow and my wife says wow as well and she knows guitars
Guitar's together and it sounds good. Still working on the
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
Used bone for the nut, but I'm wondering if black corian
would've looked better.
Really sharp Glen! Now let's hear it!
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.
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!
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!
Photos coming soon.
Wow Glen, that looks and sounds fantastic!!!
Great sounding Glenn, fantastic job!
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!
Wow, that's a great sounding guitar! Well done!
Sweeeet!! Simply stunning Glen! You never cease to amaze! Congrats on a super fine build !!
- 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