Lighten up, it's just a guitar

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by GunsOfBrixton, Nov 29, 2019.

  1. GunsOfBrixton

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    So, this build has it's origins around 8 years ago. It all started over on the agile guitar forum. In fact, that is where I first became acquainted with our very own RogerC. He and I both joined the TDPRI around then. I was and still am a mediocre guitar player at best but I really enjoyed looking at and owning them. At that same time, I was looking for a hobby that I could use for "me" time. So, I jumped on the guitar building / partscaster train. So, I bought an unfinished alder body and a maple neck. For pickups. I decided to go with TV Jones classics. (I really liked how they sound) As I started finishing it, a good friend of mine, who happens to be an excellent guitar player, mentioned how much he liked the sound of TV Jones pickups. He had no idea I was in the middle of putting one together so I got the idea in my head that I would give him the guitar when it was done. well, after a few months of work, it was done and I surprised him with it. He was pretty blown away and somehow it became his favorite guitar. (Beginners luck)

    Here it is:

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    So, all was good up until a month ago. My friend sends me a text asking if there was a way to lighten up the guitar. He is getting older and he said it was starting to hurt his shoulder when he played. (He prefers to stand up when playing) I told him that we could chamber the body from the back and cover those with pickguard material but the best idea would be just to make a new chambered body. He says "I like the second idea. What would it take?" And my response was, just some of my time, so let's do it. SO, he dropped off the guitar and I loaned him my thinline w/ TV Jones pickups for him to use at practice until the new one was done. (See my avatar) So, the build was on!
     
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  2. GunsOfBrixton

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    First thing was to go get some wood for this project. A quick trip over to Pittsford Lumber and I ended up with these:

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    The top image is the body. It was labeled as walnut. But it was very light colored and light in weight. I think it is walnut sapwood. I forgot to ask them when I bought it. The bottom images (for the top) are butternut (Which I had them re-saw for me)
     
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    Are you being compensated?
    I read this as it was originally a gift, right?
     
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    So, after gluing up the body blank and top it was time to fire up the CNC again. I Hadn't planned on using it again. The long term plan was to build a newer, better CNC but since I had a new project.

    OH, It is fully chambered. I have a video of the CNC doing the chambers but no pictures.

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    So, my friend mentioned that he sort of liked the white color. I replied, "I have an idea in my head already". I decided to try some new things. Binding being one of those things.

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    And for color: Transparent green on the top and black on the back. This was after 1 coat of the green. I did 2.

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    I do all of this for free. I have given away all of my builds to friends.
     
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    So, when he dropped off the guitar, he also played mine for a few minutes. He liked the way the stainless steel frets felt. So, I had this un-fretted neck sitting around that I had made about 4 years ago. I decided "why not go all in?" I will just fret the neck with the stainless steel frets I have laying around.

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    So, now time to spray the top coats. I have started using Target Coatings water based lacquer. So, I set up a spray tent in the basement workshop and went to town.

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    And the neck:

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    12/10 would friend - you're amazing @GunsOfBrixton
     
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    Today, I got the neck lined up and the electronics wired and did a quick setup.

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    Holy cow, man! That was awhile ago. There are only 3 or 4 guys I remember from that forum.

    This looks like a great project!
     
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    And, here is the finished product. I called my friend and he stopped over a little while ago to pick it up. I am pretty sure he was quite pleased. Truth be told, he was more than pleased but let's hold off until he plays it for a while. And since the goal of this was to reduce weight, the final result was a reduction of 2 lbs. The original was 8.35 lbs. The new one, 6.41 lbs. Oh, and the only parts I used from the old one were, the pickups, the strap pins, the electrosocket jack cup , the neck plate and a few pickguard screws. I went with new open back, locking hipshot tuners. they are lighter than what were on the old neck.

    I didn't spend a lot of time on the finish. This is really a players guitar and it is going to be used and the looks are secondary. I did tell him he should take it in to a real tech for a proper setup but it actually didn't sound too bad with the quick one I did. (Not my area of expertise).

    So, 1 month start to finish and out the door.


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    I know right! Time flies my friend.
     
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    Like Bonasera in The Godfather.......,"Be my friend, Godfather? (GunsofBrixton)"
     
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    Wow! Guitars just don’t get better looking than that. Bravo!
     
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    Nice work!
     
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    Dood! I have a house over in Webster. Next time I'm around I'll take you to Dinosaur BBQ and we'll talk. lol......Nice build.
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Butternut ("white walnut") might look something like that.

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    That said, beautiful work! And a wonderful gesture of friendship, too.
     
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    Very nice build!
     
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