If a Tele and a Kramer had a baby...

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  1. Hodgo88

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    Couldn't help myself, so I now have two routed blanks on order: one top routed alder blank for a hardtail and a swimming pool, one rear routed swamp ash H-S-H and a recessed floyd. Now to find some necks, hardware, pickups and the like.
     
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    Had a buddy help me make a quick template to trace using an export of the original model's base sketch. Here it is applied on the Warmoth blanks:
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    Nice!!
     
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    Any thoughts on finishes for these two? Woods are Swamp Ash on the Floyd and Alder on the Hardtail, I'll be building a third out of a piece of Black Walnut I'm saving once I decide if there are any tweaks on the shape.

    So far I'm leaning towards something bright, Fiesta Red or Graffiti Yellow maybe. Was contemplating a swirl... Might not be the forum for such tomfoolery.
     
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    Looks pretty nice! Jon Sullivan, of Sully Guitars, does something similar for his "624T" model, but with 24 frets. As Grover Jackson has been a mentor of Sully's, it might be fair to say his shape is a little more like a Tele-fied Dinky, but your body outline kind of reminded me of this model, regardless.

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    On the issue of finishes, if you're going for more of a "Kramer-ized" aesthetic, I would definitely gravitate toward Graffiti Yellow, Capri Orange, or Ferrari Red. The brighter and more obnoxious, the better!
     
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    Hey, that thing is awesome!!! Thanks for showing me that. I think these will come out a little more audacious looking. Capri Orange, I have never actually seen a guitar that color, but I like it. I was also checking out Reranch Coral or Fiesta Red to make it Fender-y but still loud
     
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    There is a common thread between hacky CAD work and hacky templates (created by hacky guitar players). I wanted this to be able to drop in a strat pickguard, so I got one made up and check it against the blank I had traced (and started to cut before coming to my senses).

    So, a little nip here, a tuck here, and the template was rotated slightly so that the lower horn is a little wider, the upper bout a little sleeker, and the bottom squared off. I will cut this blank out first and use it as a template for the next one to keep everything the same.

    Here it is now, with a pg laid over the top.
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    I don't know if Capri Orange has any prior Fender history, but they introduced it a few years back on the "Player Series" guitars, per the Duo-Sonic below:

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    Alright so, slowly but surely. Had to, y'know, buy a bandsaw and learn to use it poorly. Anyway, here's where we're at with prototype 1. It's got some oops and whoopsies to fix up but that's part of the learning process.

    Musikraft says I'm in the CNC department on my banana necks. One is a Franky D (.80-.87) and the other is a Pro Mod D (.81-.81). Both 1 11/16" nuts and 14" radii. The Franky goes on the rear rout with the Floyd, the Pro Mod goes on the T-S-T guitar with a standard fender nut.

    As for colors, I'm thinking heavily about doing an automotive tricoat in the color of Ford's Focus RS (Nitrous Blue) on one of them. The other will probably be Coral.


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    A little more sanding and shaping, still more to do as well. Lesson learned: Don't bandsaw in poor lighting PXL_20210525_170243717.jpg
     
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    I had to put a super bright light right above my bandsaw. I feel like I can't see the lines without it.

    Got young eyes still but yeah, the shop is a high light level needed place for me. No question about it.

    Anyhow, the guitar is coming along great!
     
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    How about with that kind of headstock but reversed?
     
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    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    If Tele and Kramer had a baby?!? :eek:o_O

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    Biological impossibility aside, that love child would probably look like this...

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    Or if a girl, this...

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    Musikraft is already making them for me in this style, and tbh I am too dumb to learn to tune upside down...

    Shout out to Mojotone for making this simpleton proof!

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    Great work! In 2006, I had Suhr make me something similar. Still have it---all mahogany. The color is shoreline gold.

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    Very cool. I'm not a huge fan of reverse headstocks, but the banana headstock reversed may work with this body.
     
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    That is super cool. I've been playing guitar for 19 years and I still haven't treated myself to a gold guitar....

    Parts are landing, Floyd came in, pickups are mostly here - went full Dimarzio for both. PAF pros and an HS-2 (the Green Meanie combo) for the Floyd guitar, Area Hot T + Area 67 + Area T Neck for the hardtail. Emerson 500k blender pot+5 way on the Floyd, Mojotone 250k blender on the hardtail.
     
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    Work continues, Musikraft necks are on the way so out came the bandsaw today. Taking a break from sanding currently.

    I had a major mishap when my router chuck loosened on me, gouging a huge chunk of the pickguard guitar. I'm going to be researching what to fill the gap with.

    Using Ron Kirns advice to check shaping in direct sunlight to help me find my shoddy work and shore it up before routing the second body.

    As far as color goes, I am strongly leaning towards Dayglo pigments, Saturn Yellow and Horizon Blue or possibly Rocket Red. PXL_20210903_203635215.jpg PXL_20210903_183742861.MP.jpg PXL_20210903_183718436.jpg
     
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    With some lessons learned and some willfully ignored (does anyone else rush to route the edges?), here is my stopping point for the day on the humbucker guitar. Need more sandpaper! PXL_20210904_000131787.jpg PXL_20210904_000127374.jpg PXL_20210903_221028600.jpg PXL_20210903_220820641.jpg
     

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    Go man, go.
     
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