Kinda sorta Thinline build

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  1. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    FYI on the off chance I have a body thick enough for an electrosocket I predrill with a 1/16 aircraft bit like I do with neck bushings. Then drill my 1", then 7/8 and finish with a 1/2. I find the flatspot on a Tele unsightly and don't tolerate it. If the body is to thin I use a football jack. Still better than a flatspot IMO
    Dave
     
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  2. CraigB

    CraigB Tele-Afflicted

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    A little polishing. I use a power drill and foam pads 'cause it's what I got.

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    But it does the job

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    Draped for surgery.

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    And ready for strings

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    I've logged my build hours for the first time. I get the question all the time, "How long to make one?" I surprised myself. 158 hours. Clearly, I'm not worthy of doing a build challenge. ;) In my own defense, a substantial amount of time is spent setting up and cleaning up and putting everything away.
     
  3. Macrogats

    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    Wow. That’s beautiful man. Great job!
     
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  4. nickhofen

    nickhofen Friend of Leo's

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    Nice and shiny, awesome!
     
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    Wow, excellent job! Gorgeous top and good work!

    Eric
     
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  6. CraigB

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    Mighty kind of you!

    Thank you, Nick! I like 'em shiny :D

    Thanks very much Eric!
     
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  7. tnt423

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    Very, very nice. Good work ya done there.
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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  9. CraigB

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    Thank you for the kind words, Nosmo and TNT! God made the wood, I just tried to shape it into something worthy of its beauty :D

    Unexpected rush job (for the day job) took the rest of my day and last evening, so I wasn't able to get the strings on until today.

    After I got it assembled yesterday, I wasn't sure when looking at the neck heel in relation to the humbucker polepieces if my pickguard was cut right. The high E pole looked like the string would completely miss it. Figured, no big deal, I'll just need to make another pickguard. That bugged me all last night...so even though today is a work holiday and I could've slept in a little, got up waaaaay early with a set of strings to check to see how far off. Guess it must have been an optical illusion, everything lined up just right. *Sigh of relief*

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    A friend of mine gave me this neck plate a few years back. I typically like to use ferrules, but the guy I made this for wanted the plate instead

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    Strings on, set up the intonation and action. I like to start with the saddles pulled back just a little too far, then adjust forward to get the intonation "right". I like setting up uncompensated barrel saddles as described in this article:

    https://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/...donahue-on-telecaster-style-bridge-intonation

    Now that it's under tension, I'll play on it some and see where it settles out before I give it to him, but right at the moment the amount of relief is minimal, just the way I like it.

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  10. Jim_in_PA

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    That's a beautiful instrument!
     
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  11. RickyRicardo

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    Awesome build Craig!
     
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    Stunning!
     
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  13. oldrebel

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    That looks fantastic!!
     
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  14. CraigB

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    Thank you all! I think I might crack it open and put in a treble bleed R/C. The humbucker played by itself could benefit from rolling back the volume a tiny bit and thinning it down a tad when playing rhythm. The volume balance is better than I expected, though. I'd welcome any suggestions on the resistor/cap values. They're DiMarzios, PAF 'bucker and Twang King bridge with 250K pots, .047 tone cap.
     
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