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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Bugeater281, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 Tele-Meister

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    So i haven’t been super active around here. It’s my third year as a member, and I hung around for a year before that just reading. This place has a wealth of great info. I’ve learned a ton on here.

    Currently I’m still not great at building guitars. But that may also have to do with the fact that I don’t have a lot of time to do it due to work. When it’s been 6 months since I’ve made a neck it easy to make the same mistake I made 6 months before and forgot about.

    A new luthier moved to town(he’s from here but he lived in elsewhere and worked for Collings guitars for a few years. He builds awesome acoustics and electrics.

    I met him a few months ago, he invited me out to the shop today to work on some projects. At the end of the day I was offered a part time job with him. He basically told me he knows I know what I’m doing somewhat, but I just need more consistent practice(I brought in my latest build, told him it was no where close to perfect and what I could have done better). The job isn’t a ton of hours, but it gets my foot in the door. Building guitars is something I’ve wanted to do since I was 14-15(13 years) but I never thought I’d actually do it.

    Thanks to you guys on this site(guitarbuilder, ronkirn and many other especially). I wouldn’t have ever got this opportunity if it wasn’t for the wealth of knowledge you guys freely share on here. Because of you guys I get a chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do.

    Hopefully I don’t screw it up!!
     
  2. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats man. Follow your dream. Best wishes.
     
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  3. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    You'll do fine, Bugeater281.;)
     
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  4. guitarbuilder

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    Sounds great...Good Luck with it!
     
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  5. nojazzhere

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    Awesome opportunity!......best wishes.
    Does this luthier you're working with do solid-bodies or acoustics? I (personally) would find acoustics much more intimidating. Be sure and post pics and narratives of your work.
     
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  6. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Great news! Good for you for keeping at it. Hope you'll provide some periodic updates. I know many of us would enjoy hearing of your progress.
     
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    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Sounds like a great opportunity!!!
    Best of luck and keep us updated!!!
     
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  8. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Congrats :D
     
  9. Freeman Keller

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    Working with an established builder is the time honored way to learn the craft. With internet we tend to jump over a lot of that, but a good apprenticeship with someone that knows what they are doing is golden. If he worked for Collings he's good.
     
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  10. fishermike

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    That’ awesome, good for you! Maybe in a few years, everybody will be lining up for a custom “Bugeater” guitar!

    And a big +1 @ Freeman Keller’s comment. The problem with teaching yourself something, whether through books or the internet, is that you don’t know what you don’t know. The right mentor can help keep you on the right track.
     
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  11. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    That's great Bugs, keep us posted.
     
  12. SecretSquirrel

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    Congrats! What a great opportunity.

    And I agree this is an amazing site for learning about building and working on guitars—add my heartfelt thanks to the pile!
     
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    You eat Bugs?... better stay away from the shellac, mate....;)

    you don't want to be drinking that bug juice...:D
     
  14. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Best of luck to you, and congratulations. Walt Disney once said you will never work a day in your life if you love what you do.
     
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    That's what I like to hear! A young man who knows what he wants to do and works towards it, and makes it happen.

    Good luck and pay close attention to the "master" and don't forget to pass on any tips that the population here may not have come across so far. Congratulations!!!

    DC
     
  16. Ronkirn

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    Congratulations on achieving a giant step toward your ultimate goal... And, don't forget to put his tools back where ya found 'em :p, and rock on..

    r
     
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    That is cool. Good for you man!
     
  18. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Gaining a mentor like that and earning a few shekels while doing it is a really great thing! Congrats!
     
  19. Bugeater281

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    He does acoustics and electrics. He also does a lot of ukuleles.
     
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  20. old wrench

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    Before we had this thing called the "internet" and videos, etc., etc., working with an experienced craftsman was pretty much the only way to really learn a craft or trade.

    I think it's still the best way to learn, and it's the way we still do it in the Carpenters Union.

    Earn while you learn!

    A great opportunity for you :).
     
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