Jerry Garcia Rosebud / Tiger Inspired build

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  1. asax

    asax TDPRI Member

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    First build ever. Started with a bunch of boards, one year later:
    I know it's not a tele but i learned a lot from this forum. Thanks to all of you!
     

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    Welcome!
    Ultra cool guitar.
    I have a thing for Wolf and Tiger!
     
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  3. Tele Ted

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    Great choice!
     
  4. asax

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    band sawing and planing stock

    guitarbuild (1).jpg rough lumber all from ebay

    guitarbuild (5).jpg resawing for laminated body

    guitarbuild (8).jpg DIY planer with a router sled

    guitarbuild (24).jpg Template from photo of Jerry's rosebud
     
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  5. asax

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    making the body

    guitarbuild (25).jpg 7 layers cut out:
    cocobolo/maple/bloodwood/maple/bloodwood/maple/cocobolo. After the lumber was planed and edge jointed, bookmatched panels were glued up. The template was traced onto each panel. The body shape was cut outside the line on a bandsaw and then sanded very close to the line with the rigid oscillating spindle sander

    guitarbuild (26).jpg homemade flattening clamps to keep resawn layers from warping. I lost a few hours worth of bloodwood over the weekend. After that I used flattening clamps in between sessions to prevent warpage. After the layers were cut out I stored them in a stack with stickers in between them and a plywood panel +25lb weight on top.


    guitarbuild (35).jpg the layers were glued up in stages: first the inner 3: bloodwood/maple/bloodwood. Then a thin layer of maple on each side



    guitarbuild (32).jpg the core of five inner layers was weight relieved
    a granite backsplash with a piece of sanding belt double stick taped to it was used to flatten each layer before gluing on the next
     
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  6. asax

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    control cavity cover

    guitarbuild (36).jpg the control cavity cover was cut from the back before the final layers were glued up

    guitarbuild (40).jpg a thin maple strip was bandsawn to wrap around the control cover

    guitarbuild (41).jpg the maple binding was steamed in a section of shop vac tubing attached to a wallpaper steamer

    guitarbuild (42).jpg the steamed binding was wrapped around the access cover plate and left to dry overnight

    guitarbuild (43).jpg scraped flush with a razor
     
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  7. asax

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    making the neck blank

    guitarbuild (13).jpg thin bloodwood and maple laminates for the neck and body first resawn from thick boards, hand planed, and then were sanded flat and smooth using a DIY MDF sanding disc with a central bolt chucked into the drill press.

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    guitarbuild (11).jpg adhesive velcro strips on the front attached to standard 5 inch sanding discs from my random orbital sander

    guitarbuild (46).jpg the 5 layer blank made from quartersawn flamed maple and bloodwood. The blank was jointed flat and square
     
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  8. Tatercaster

    Tatercaster Friend of Leo's

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    Either Rosebud or Tiger would be a great guitar to recreate. Beautiful work!
     
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  9. asax

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    a 13 degree scarf joint was made

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    Cool guitar. Great thread!
     
  11. sjohnbruton

    sjohnbruton Tele-Holic

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    Very nice! I've been jonesin' for Alligator and Wolf for the longest!

    I'm not ready to tackle Tiger any time soon... That's a VERY intricate design if you go all the way clone with it.

    Yours looks freakin awesome! Well done.

    Do you have plans to post sound?


    John
     
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  12. radiocaster

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    Amazing.

    Did you make some of the hardware yourself? I've never seen things like that tailpiece or switch plate for sale.

    Be careful with the cocobolo, that dust is toxic.
     
  13. Tatercaster

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    Passive electronics only or are you planning on adding the buffer circuit and the send/return loop?
     
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    Gorgeous
     
  15. telechadster

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    What an amazing build, hope we get some more build pictures!!
     
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    Wow, that's really great. Beautiful work. How much does it weigh, and how does it sound?
     
  17. asax

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    I made the tailpiece, switch plate, and pickup ring from brass stock.
    I printed out pictures from the internet, experimented with reducing /enlarging on a photocopier to make patterns. Rubber cemented the pattern to brass sheet then cut out everything with a jewelers saw. Every thing was then filed or sanded to the line. The brass nut blank was hack sawed from bar stock then filed and sanded to shape. Used nut files to cut the slots.
     
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  18. ajr969

    ajr969 Tele-Meister

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    Great Job! I've been intending to do a Tiger/Rosebud inspired build myself for a long time now, but I've not got around to starting on it yet. Seeing this one completed may just be the push I needed...
     
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    For now passive pickups but there is ample room for a buffer and onboard effects loop. The mini toggles are individual splits for the humbuckers. One tone is for the neck and the other is for the bridge. The pickups are recycles from a blacktop stratocaster + a GFS in the neck.
    The guitar is a gift to my brother inlaw, who up till now only plays acoustic but is a huge greatful dead fan. If he really gets into it we can put in the Super 2's that jerry used
     
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    But does it weigh 13lbs??
     
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