gearhead1972 2012 Challenge Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by gearhead1972, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. gearhead1972

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    Well I wasn't exactly happy with the playability of the guitar last night after putting it together. Open chords were out of tune = high nut. So when I got home from work tonight I took out the feeler gauges and with the 3rd fret fretted I got around .020 between the 1st fret and the bottoms of the strings. So I filed each slot to where I got .006. Wow what a difference, I played that bad boy for over an hour with an ear to ear grin. I absolutely love it! The neck is kind of thick d shaped baseball bat thick, but I will get used to it. I would like to thank you all for your kind words and the chance to participate. A year and a half ago I had no Tele's now I have three :D


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  2. whodatpat

    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

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    It is amazing what a good setup will do to a great guitar. That Is a great looking one you made there.
     
  3. gearhead1972

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    Another thing I wanted to mention last night and forgot. These Wilkinson EZ lock tuners rock. Once the string it stretched they don't budge
     
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    jimdkc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Great guitar! Love the walnut and the black hardware! Good job!
     
  5. gearhead1972

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    Did another video with some gritty playing...I have been playing bass exclusively for the last 3 months so my guitar playing is a little rusty. Absolutely love the way this thing sounds and plays.
     
  6. ItZaLLGooD

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    I like the 2nd video better. Clean and sterile just doesn't do it for me. I would love to be that rusty some day :D
     
  7. gearhead1972

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    Yeah I like the second video better also, but needed to show that it stays in tune so the clean one is better for that.
     
  8. Olav

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    Whoa! Beginner class? I wish my first had been that goodlooking and well playing. Impressive!
     
  9. rcole_sooner

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    OH, yeah! That second video does it!!! Very cool build!!!

    I gotta let my exclamation mark key rest now.
     
  10. emoney

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    Ok, now you're just rubbing it in, ain't ya?

    LOL, both videos were cool in my book.
     
  11. jkingma

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    That is one awesome looking 'first' guitar. Nice job!!!
     
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    I like that guitar so much. Basic design, black hardware looks good on brown. Congratulations!
     
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    Is the body finished just with tung oil and polished?
    Just the look I like!
     
  14. gearhead1972

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    Yup, about 8-9 coats of tung oil, then knocked down with 0000 steel wool, then polished with a swirl remover, finally waxed.
     
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    Nice work gear head. Looks and sounds great.
     
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    Nice guitar! I think you might need to put the video and final pic in one post, then notify the admin you're done? See sticky...
     
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    Walnut is quickly becoming my favorite. Nice work!

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  19. gearhead1972

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    Final Build Post

    Wow glad I decided to check the boards, I would have been DQed.
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    and my Video
     
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  20. esetter

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    Nice job on your build. That black hardware looks good!
     
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