hardest part of a tele body...

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  1. funkymann1

    funkymann1 Tele-Holic

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    what do you guys consider the hardest part of making your bodies?
    for me its the bridge holes & finishing....
    even when i use my drill press & a 3/4 template sometimes the bit still somehow tends to wander....dont know how....
    & finishing is a whole nother story....specs of dirt, the wetsanding etc....

    how about you guys?
     
  2. OpenG Capo4

    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

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    Getting the burn marks out of that tight curve on the bass side of the neck pocket.

    Wet sanding the finish without getting sand thru on the edges.
     
  3. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

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    ^^^ Agreed! I'm doing a Strat body right now and had sand through. I also noticed a bit of burn mark that didn't get quite covered on the horn. Matching the touch ups is the bigger challenge. I use the Jack Wells method for string through holes and it works well.... Or almost...
     
  4. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Kind of an extension of the drilling thing--getting the control plate, pickguard, bridge, neck, and string paths all properly aligned before making screw holes or permanent marks for them. Need an octopus assistant!
     
  5. DrASATele

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    yeah, what they said.
    OG the burn marks really are a PITA.
    as is finishing in general
     
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    I would also say burn marks, they are just frustrating and time consuming. But now what I do I just cut the horns as close to the line as possible And just use the oscillating sander, plus no tear out. Finishing can also be frustrating but I pretty confident doing it now.
     
  7. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

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    Burn marks are frustrating. My ROSS helps there. Finishing is the hardest part and is likely what your work will be judged on at first glance. After someone gets by the appearance, then the set up is the next thing they will encounter...fret dress, leveling, action, etc.

    As a gigging musician...I can forgive a lot of sins if the guitars plays and sounds great.
     
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    I can't do my own bodies (no router or drill press), but I would say the neck pocket. I screw that damned thing up, I've got an expensive piece of firewood.
     
  9. Chocklit_Thunda

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    Those darned string through holes
     
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