Help me decide what to do with this body blank

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by 1bad914, May 19, 2020.

What guitar should I build.

  1. Tele with maple cap (Thinline)

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  2. Strat with cap

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  1. 1bad914

    1bad914 Tele-Holic

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    I glued this mahogany/maple body blank together last year. I have been trying to decide what to do with it. It is a bit thin for a Fender as is, but I could cap it with a maple top. Please help me decide. It is 14.5x21.
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  2. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    and let the routers rip...

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  3. ale.istotle

    ale.istotle Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I like the mahogany/maple aesthetic. Offset. Maple neck/fingerboard.

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  4. jvin248

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    Look up the specs for a Jazzmaster. You'll find that when first released they were 1.75in thick but due to weight concerns they were quickly changed to 1-5/8ths and likely the same the boards you have glued up now.

    You can either decide to use a Jazzmaster pickup and hardware set or go with something fun. I have a JM with a LP humbucker, wrap-tail lightning bridge and single volume and tone (basically a LP junior in a JM body). Put Tele hardware on it or mix it up with a P90 bridge, Jaguar middle, and Jazzmaster neck pickups and a Strat 5-way switch. Teles and Offsets are very popular in the Indie bands these days.

    That way you are not putting a cap on the guitar and covering up the wood. I really like the center strip body design like you have.

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  5. Blue Bill

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    How heavy is it? Most mahogany is too heavy for a solid body guitar. The obvious thing is to hollow it out to reduce weight, and cap it with a pretty 1/4 inch cap. That eliminates the Strat option, unless you want to get into some fancy steam bending. This is a Tele forum, so maybe a Tele?
     
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  6. 1bad914

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    In its current state it is heavy. Once I cut it down it will most likely still be a bit hefty. This is pretty dense mahogany. If I do a tele I would most likely make it a Thinline.
     
  7. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Afflicted

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    a lespaul dubble cut, ore a nighthawk short scale?
     
  8. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Friend of Leo's

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    put it away on a shelf until YOU decide you want to build a guitar.
     
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  9. eallen

    eallen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Is it done yet? If not. Cap that thing and make some saw dust!!! If you want it lighter chamber it like a thinline before the cap

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  10. Blue Bill

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    How thick is it? Plenty of Strats are 1-5/8 inches thick.
     
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  11. guitarbuilder

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    I'd saw out the maple strip, reglue it, and make an SG junior after planing it down to 1-3/8".
     
  12. PeterUK

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    I think you can ge a cream for that nowadays! :lol:
     
  13. devrock

    devrock Tele-Meister

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    Huh?? That is not even *remotely* true. Mahogany is one of the primary woods used for guitars. Most of the mahogany I have/use is SUPER light.
     
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    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Billy Bo body
     
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  15. 1bad914

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    About 1.5 inches
     
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    I'd rout some chambers to lighten it a little, add a maple cap to bring it to 1.75, put a 24.75" scale neck on it, a couple of PAF clones and a TOM bridge.

    That's one of my "dream" builds. I'll call it "Identity Crisis" because it won't know if it's supposed to be a Tele or a LP. (And I wonder how it would sound.)
     
  17. 1bad914

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    I am working (well not really working on it) on a frankentele now, half tele half CS356.
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  18. Dano-caster

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    Tele control cavity is usually about 1.5" deep.
     
  19. CapnCrunch

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    Cap it with Maple or anything that you fancy after you put it on a diet by hollowing it out. Heavy guitars suck. Color can be off in photos but your mahogany looks a lot like Sapele, which is quite heavy. I like it for furniture and jewelry boxes, but would never make a guitar out of it, unless it were hollow.
     
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    doctorunderhill Tele-Meister

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    I would do a tele (I just like single cuts), but instead of a thin-line I would chamber it and do a solid cap to showcase the top wood.
     
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