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Fretwire Lefty Thinline Tele Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Southpaw Tele, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. Southpaw Tele

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    I love the natural look on yours! And welcome to the forum. I’ve built guitars from Warmoth stuff and I have to say, the Fretwire kits are nicely done, especially considering the cost! Thanks for sharing yours.


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    Infusion, what did you finish your Thinline with? Looks really nice.


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    It's True Oil,3 Coats of True Oil sealer and 3 of The True Oil. I slightly darkened (Tint) the wood with a mix of 50/50 Alcohol and a 1/2 cup of coffee. I used that on all the lighter woods. I chose that mixture, So that it would penetrate the wood evenly and and alcohol would kill any organic problems that might arise. At least that was my theory anyways. Back of the neck I just used 3 Coats sealer. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Beautiful guitar!


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    Waiting for the nitro to cure for a couple weeks. It’s hot and dry where we live, which helps. While waiting, I’m getting some of the wiring done. Just copper shielded the pickguard. Not my best work, but it won’t be seen.
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    Got the tuners in. The predrilled holes for the screws were a little off, but should be okay. This whole guitar is an exercise in “how good is a Fretwire kit off the shelf?”
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    If you ever decide to upgrade the switch to a Fender or Oak Grisgby type you will have to deepen the cavity in the area around the switch selector. Looking good.

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    So, I did buy an Oak Grisgby for this guitar. This is good to know! I think I’ll stick with the cheap switch it came with for now and hold on to the other if it craps out.


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    Okay, so it’s really hot and dry out here in central California so I waited two weeks for the nitro to dry, but I started wet sanding. 600 —> 800 —> 1000 —> 1500. I don’t have any 2000, but I don’t really want to polish this guitar. I really like the way it looks now.
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    Notice the inside edge of the f-hole did not get enough color, but it did get cleared. I’m afraid of trying to touch up that spot and this guitar is going to be a beater I leave in the youth room at church so I don’t have to haul a guitar up there every Wednesday evening.


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    Just laid down some conductive paint!


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    Can you spray a little of your finish in a container and touch it up with a small artist's brush?
     
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    I think I may give that a whirl! Thanks!


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    Pickups going in. [​IMG]
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    Okay, wasn’t sure if I should post the following under a new thread, but I have everything wired up. With the jack inserted into the 7/8” jack hole, I get no sound from either pickups. With it hanging out, I get sound from both pickups. There is some conductive paint in the hole. Not sure if that is the problem. Help?
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    It is possible that you have wired the two lugs on the jack backwards - its easy to do. You want the ring (barrel) of the jack to be grounded and the tip hot (if in doubt trace it with a continuity checker). If you have the backwards and the jack cavity is grounded (painted or taped) you would be grounding the hot wire
     
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    Logically, something is physically "crossing wires" when the jack is inserted. Check that your soldering on the jack tabs isn't sticking out too far...I had that issue with my "Build 3" when I changed the jack on the GFS harness to a SwitchCraft so it would screw into the ElectroSocket thingie I was using on the guitar. Re-doing things and being careful round those solder points fixed the problem.
     
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    I’ll add this: with the jack in the 7/8 home and the pickguard lifted out of the cavity, I get sound when tapping on the pickups.


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    Awesome, let me recheck my solder flows and connections. Thanks once again, Jim!


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    Mr. Keller hit on the "why" more elegantaly than I...
     
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    Don't ask me how I know. And I'm an electrical engineer to boot.....
     
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