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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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    Tele neck from Guitarfetish. Pickup is unknown, bridge is hardtail strat.

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  2. olaftheholy

    olaftheholy Tele-Afflicted

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    Please shape the back of the headstock too!
    Otherwise it would look awkward later from some angles.

    Hard wood aye? i had a similar experience with Anigre, high sillicate content...
    Wasted a fresh routerbit completely... got so hot the bit discoloured and went blunt in the end...
     
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    Yes, we did shape the back by hand before we added Tung oil.

    Thanks !
     
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    Mock up, not the neck or the pickup I have chosen. These just happened to be close by.

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    I would've showed the orange wood proudly...
     
  6. yellowsnow4free

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    I like the modifications you've made to the body. It still looks like a Tele, but looking closely you can see the custom touches!

    The wood looks great too!
     
  7. guitarminator

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    Yes, the Osage has a nice grain. I wanted a yellow/or butterscotch top so the Ash veneer was lighter and I was able to stain it. The back of the guitar gets the most comments because of the grain and dark stain.
     
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    Whoa! I might get slandered for uddering this, but I like that lower horn better than the original design. It looks more natural. Another idea I might steal soon. Great job.
     
  9. guitarminator

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    Well truth be told, the outline design is NOT original. I stole is as well. I will not reveal where as it might put some of you off.
     
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    Ok, continuing with the build, finishing the neck.

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    Sanding flat with 320

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    Then running 400 up and down briskly.

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    Then polished up with Steel Wool
     
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    Here are the two builds together.

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    And yes I sanded down the top. I didn't like the yellow stain, came out blotchy. I think I will leave it natural.
     
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    I'm also lovin that modified lower horn!
     
  13. iansmitchell

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    First act tele.
     
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    So where did you get the osage?
     
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    Now EVERYBODY will want one.

    The Osage was from a friend in Texas. Cut from his property to build a deck. These were some of the scraps. This HAS to be the hardest wood I have ever worked !
     
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    Man... I looked on ebay, couldn't find ANY! If he has any other scraps, I'd love to try it out. It's just so deliciously orange!!
     
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    While I agree that the color and the grain is very interesting, two facts I have become increasingly aware of. The wood is unimaginably hard and heavy as iron. In addition, because of the oily nature of the wood I used an adhesive for tropical hardwoods to join the pieces. I am cautiously optimistic that the 3M adhesive used on the veneer will not separate over time.
     
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    Sounds like it would be cool for an acoustic back/sides...
     
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