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Late Lockdown Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Zaden, Nov 27, 2020.

  1. Zaden

    Zaden TDPRI Member

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    Having purchased three different bodies, one neck and one battered & bruised Japanese copy throughout the lockdown periods, I have finally started to piece a guitar together!

    I am a longtime lurker on the forum with minimal experience with guitar "building" but hopefully some people enjoy my posts as the guitar comes together.

    I have decided to build a tele/esquire with a single pickup + single volume/tone control. Unbranded body with a Squier CV Neck.

    I have a nice white body with black binding as my starting point.

    String Through Holes:
    First job to tackle was drilling the string through holes without a large enough pillar drill. Having read plenty of posts on the forum I lined up my bridge with the standard fender tele scale and marked the holes on the body accordingly. Because the distance between the drill bit and column on my drill isnt big enough, I wasnt able to drill the holes directly. Instead I put together two bits of old skirting to use as a drill guide having marked the holes from my bridge. I then went through with a small bit on the outside two holes first before flipping the body and using a bigger bit to go from back to front.

    I think the holes turned out better than expected, the only issue is the slight chips to the finish. Any ideas on how to touch these up would be great?!

    I'll start posting updates as I move through the assembly.

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  2. Dereksys38

    Dereksys38 Tele-Meister

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    It's looking good so far, can't wait to see the finished product!
     
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  3. Zaden

    Zaden TDPRI Member

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    Plenty of opportunities to go wrong yet!...
     
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  4. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Tele-Holic

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    That's gonna be sweet!
     
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  5. Zaden

    Zaden TDPRI Member

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    Brief update...
    Having built a makeshift spray booth, we now have a white headstock on our hands. So far it has turned out better than expected but I will be applying some clear coats this week.

    In the meantime, let's hope Santa comes early and drops off some smaller pots so I can begin to assemble the electronics and put this thing together.

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  6. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Nice :)
     
  7. Zaden

    Zaden TDPRI Member

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    The finished article...
    I may have committed the TDPRI sin of applying a decal but the headstock needed something to finish it off!

    Now, what to do next... IMG_8880.jpg
     
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  8. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Poster Extraordinaire

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    So is it a Fender?
     
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  9. Zaden

    Zaden TDPRI Member

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    Well the bridge is a genuine Fender part so I guess you could say it is, yes... ;)
     
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