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It all began with a plan (Modified Tele)

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarminator, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. guitarminator

    guitarminator Banned

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    Here was the plan:

    Single Humbucker.

    One volume control.

    Through the body stringing.

    Not your typical wood, domestic not expensive.

    I began with a standard body Template which I created from a .PDF

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    The wood is Osage Orange and is it heavy and hard!

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  2. guitarminator

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    And I found that the body was a whopping 8lbs !
    and then came the epiphany, CUT OUT MORE WOOD !

    The result was:

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    and I added a Ash Veneer top.

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  3. guitarminator

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    I then cut out a big rear control cavity.

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    Cut the Cover recess:

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  4. guitarminator

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    Added the Humbucker Cavity:

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  5. guitarminator

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    And oh yea, I added BINDING ! The wood is so hard it doesn't tear out it rips shards!

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  6. guitarminator

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    Cut the Pickup route:

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  7. guitarminator

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    Continuing on....

    First Tung oil application.

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  8. mlove3

    mlove3 Tele-Afflicted

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    nice work dude!!!!
     
  9. guitarminator

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    Thank you kind sir !
     
  10. olaftheholy

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    Very very clean work!

    Nice one!

    Wolfgang o'caster ?!?
     
  11. guitarminator

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    Thank you, Hmmm, perhaps Wolfcaster could do as a name. Better than the Ironcaster that I have called it in the past. Due to the heft of the Osage Orange.
     
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    Thats coming out real nice, wasnt sure about the small horn, but i like it.
     
  13. guitarminator

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    Funny no one has asked the $64,000.00 question. What does it weigh now?
     
  14. c.winn

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    Cast-iron caster? Casticaster?

    The binding makes a smaller horn very sleek looking....nice work.

    Are you also on the AG Forum?
     
  15. sean79

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    The small horn looked kind of funny at first... but with that binding, it looks real classy. Reminds me of some of the acoustics with the cutaway. I'm really liking this one. Nice job.
     
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    No, not on the AG forum, where is that?

    Thanks btw, I like the small horn as well.
     
  17. guitarminator

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    answer to the $64,000.00 question is....
































    6lbs !
     
  18. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

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    Word of caution - don't stand near any type of heat source with that osage orange guitar body (also known as mock orange, bowdock, and my dad thought there was tennis court nearby, with all of those green balls everywhere). I used to cut that wood as a favor for a co-worker for firewood, and it will burn hot enough to warp steel (my King wood heater, to be exact). Got so red hot the top completely warped. That stuff is like creosote wood. Did you find that slab kiln dried? Good looking axe; great workmanship.
     
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    Looking great. What are you gonna use for the rest of the build; neck, bridge, pickup?
    Like that small horn, looks real sharp.
     
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    Not a slab it's pancaked, hardest freakin' stuff I have ever worked with. Oak's got nothing on this stuff. It chips off in shards like flint does.
     
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