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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. GunsOfBrixton

    GunsOfBrixton Tele-Afflicted

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    Those pickups do go great with it. Hope to hear it sometime soon.
     
  2. guitarbuilder

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    Thanks guys... I'm thinking of doing a companion one... I really like how it feels and plays....
     
  3. kwerk

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    That's too cool, Marty. The bridge is just insane, I love it.
     
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    Looks great Marty! We want to hear some noise now!
     
  5. guitarbuilder

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    Thanks guys... It's not quite done... other than stick those pickups on, I still need to do strap buttons and the fretwork. It has been my couch guitar for a while now... I've been trying to make progress on a few others too while the weather is still nice.
     
  6. Scooby Snax

    Scooby Snax Friend of Leo's

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    Marty,

    I've been up all night worrying about other things, and this build came to mind. Any progress, or is the parlor taking up all you spare time.
     
  7. guitarbuilder

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    Reading at TDPRI takes up my spare time...LOL. The guitar is playable and gets a daily workout on the couch. I have yet to put strap buttons on it and odd that you mention it but I thought I might do it today and take it to practice tonite. The pickups are wired in humbucker mode now. I bought a 3 way lever pickup...think Kay or Silvertone and have been toying with the idea of putting a panel jack in it and using the existing jack hole for a three way lever knob. Version 2 is in the works in my mind.
     
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    Way to go, so did it meet your criteria of all the kitsch and vibe with the play-ability?
     
  9. guitarbuilder

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    I love it. Other than being a bolt on which isn't my cup of tea, I think it feels just like a Gibson. I haven't played it standing up, but I think it will be in the vintage Melody Maker territory with the rounded edges. I made some wooden pickup covers for the other pickups, so naturally I need a guitar to put those on. Those pickups should have a bit more Fender tone to them.
    The chrome and white and red, just send me back to a more relaxed time.

    I think it plays great with the zero fret and the action actually has to be raised up a notch.

    And the neck is held on with two drywall screws at the moment.... pretty funny how those work, at least with 9s. Makes me wonder if 4 is overkill.
     
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    OK, the strap buttons, neck plate, and 4 screws are on. I'll take it to practice and see how it performs.
     
  11. GunsOfBrixton

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    Careful, the IGPA is monitoring all work to insure no project ever gets finished.
     
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    The tuner rings haven't been installed yet...or a string tree...LOL. Feels like a nice Spring Day today.
     
  13. Scooby Snax

    Scooby Snax Friend of Leo's

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    Leave one pickguard screw off, and you can retain your charter status.
     
  14. guitarbuilder

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    This is true.
     
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    How does that bridge sound, Marty? Does it let the strings ring? Delrin or UHMWPE?
     
  16. guitarbuilder

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    I think it sounds very nice. That is Delrin I think, not quite as white as the HDPE I have. Seems hard enough. I figured if Gibson can use nylon saddles....why not?
     
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    Well, I played the guitar at practice on Friday.... and I'm not too thrilled yet. The pickups wired as a humbucker were hard to dial into a good tone. The guitar is just a tad neck heavy, which surprised me. I think I'll go ahead with the plan to add a switch and see how the Teisco pickups sound individually. If they stink, I'll swap out the covers for a couple I wound earlier in the thread.... If that doesn't work out.... not a big deal....I like the looks, but if it isn't inspiring and comfortable...there is no point in continuing on with it. I am just not cut out for a tele I guess.....I fell back into the LES-G after an hour which felt like an old friend...:).
     
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    I think the three way switch is definitely the way to go. Some out of phase switches may get you to the extreme kitsch tone quickly. Well done!

    Rob
     
  19. Scooby Snax

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    Marty, I think you're will need to drill a hole in the body to put lead slugs in to balance it like a golf club. Or hollow out the neck. I agree with Rob, no switch makes Jack a dull boy.
     
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    Thanks. I will try the least invasive thing which may be a panel jack and switch in the control plate.
    Dunno about weights..... I strive for lightness. I might be able to reduce the peghead weight some. It isn't much, but there is a bit of a dive. The willow is lightweight and so are the pickups at the moment. A couple humbuckers would do the trick...LOL.
     
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