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Ivanhoe: The Junkpunk Tele

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Elias Graves, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Elias Graves

    Elias Graves Friend of Leo's

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    Earlier this year, my father in law gave me nearly 1000 pounds of well seasoned black walnut from Missouri. I soon worked out a deal with a local builder to help me out with a couple of customs. The first will be a pretty straight ahead tele for my son.
    Mine is a little, um, different.
    Drawing some inspiration from dismal Ax guitars, I decided on using old junk that's tied to family history for hardware. Here's what I have so far...

    A pickup switch surround and straplocks
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    Trim for volume and tone controls. This is the dial face from my wife's grandfather's old console radio. His dog, apparently, lifted his leg on the cabinet for years. The cabinet stinks to high heaven and has been in a barn for years. The radio is completely junked, so I salvaged what I could from it.
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    This is a hinge from an old barn my dad built. It will be the tailpiece.
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    Here's a shot with some of the pieces. The hinge in this photo is out in favor of the rusty one. The pickups won't be used...they're just here for the pic. The old metal is from a windmill on dad's farm and the iron is from grandpa's old wagon, ca 1900. The wagon is a ruin at this point, so don't worry that I'm defacing valuable historic artifacts.
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    EG
     
  2. Elias Graves

    Elias Graves Friend of Leo's

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    The headstock is modelled after Leo's prototype.
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    The top wood is eastern red cedar. It was a fence near El Reno, OK until the May tornado destroyed it. I'll leave it as is and clear coat it.
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    So, specs:
    Body: chambered black walnut with cedar top
    Neck: Black walnut with rosewood fretboard
    Pickups: SD SM-3 mini bridge, custom built (by Dirty South Guitars) Charlie Christian inspired blade single. Even has 38 guage wire. :)
    Bridge: Floating rosewood unit stolen from my Godin 5th Avenue.
    Tuners: Hipshot 18:1 open gear.
    LP style three way switch, single volume and tone controls.

    EG
     
  3. Elias Graves

    Elias Graves Friend of Leo's

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    The "Ivanhoe" logo came from the door of an old stove at the farm. Perfect size for a headstock logo.

    The custom neck pickup is based on this design from an old Recording King archtop.
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    The remainder of the parts should arrive next week and we'll get started cutting.

    EG
     
  4. Olav

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    Oh goody! You're not planning on using the generic looking P90s then? Good for you. Curious to see what you come up with for tuners...
    The Truetone control plate is dreamy. Sure to be a great looking guitar. Cool project!
     
  5. binkydognose

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    I've got to watch this one for sure
     
  6. Stackabones

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    You checking out my junk, punk?
     
  7. Elias Graves

    Elias Graves Friend of Leo's

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    Tuners...
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    I had 3x3s, so we decided to copy Leo's prototype headstock.

    EG
     
  8. Elias Graves

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    Ha ha! Heya stack!

    EG
     
  9. Stackabones

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    :cool:
     
  10. ckloewer

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    I can't wait to see this thing!
     
  11. Elias Graves

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    So, the plan is that Tony will cut the body and neck, make the routs and such.
    After the pieces are made, I'll take them, do the finishing and final assembly.

    Still trying to decide if I'm going to do a traditional tele shape or something more like a Reverend style. I like those a lot.

    EG
     
  12. Greg.Coal

    Greg.Coal Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Yeah

    I say it's worth trying; in fact, you gotta go for it.

    I vote for a Tele shape. Because, then, it's always a Tele, which helps when people will ask what it is . . .

    Greg
     
  13. Elias Graves

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    One tailpiece...

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    EG
     
  14. Elias Graves

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    A paint selection.

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    EG
     
  15. Elias Graves

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    The rest of the walnut body and neck will get one coat of yellow like this then clearcoat.

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    EG
     
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    I'm jealous.

    I've thought about doing something similar in the past, but most of the cool stuff laying around the old family farm has disappeared over the past few years.

    Still planning on building a speaker cab with found lumber, parts and a feed sack for grill cloth as soon as I can get around to it.
     
  17. Mike Simpson

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    Well... there goes my idea for the next build challenge...
     
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    looks like a fun project. nice!
     
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    subbed!
     
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    Those Dismal Ax guitars are sweet!
     
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