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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarminator, Sep 6, 2009.
Tele neck from Guitarfetish. Pickup is unknown, bridge is hardtail strat.
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...
Yes, we did shape the back by hand before we added Tung oil.
Mock up, not the neck or the pickup I have chosen. These just happened to be close by.
I would've showed the orange wood proudly...
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ok, continuing with the build, finishing the neck.
Sanding flat with 320
Then running 400 up and down briskly.
Then polished up with Steel Wool
Here are the two builds together.
And yes I sanded down the top. I didn't like the yellow stain, came out blotchy. I think I will leave it natural.
I'm also lovin that modified lower horn!
First act tele.
So where did you get the osage?
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 !
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!!
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.
Sounds like it would be cool for an acoustic back/sides...