Mahogany Esquire

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Scatter Lee, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Scatter Lee

    Scatter Lee Friend of Leo's

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    I started this build with the tdowns Rev E blueprint and made me some new plexiglass templates

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    took me four days to make these, they are sweet

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    I have a one piece Honduran Mahogany blank just sitting around so.......why not,
    routed with no tearouts

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    did I mention it will be an Esquire? :twisted:

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    routed out a strat pickup template

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    and then used it

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    used the new template to route the bridge pickup cavity and control cavity

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    I had to raise the template 3/8" off the body so the router bit could do the neck cavity

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    it did a good job

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    then drilled the output jack hole

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    still wondering if I should use a Maple neck or make a Mahogany one :confused:



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  2. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Great looking guitar. I would go with a maple neck -too much mahaogany can take it into un fender territory and it just doesnt quite look right on a fender style guitar.
     
  3. Colt W. Knight

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    I say mohoghany. Maple necks get boring after a while.
     
  4. Maricopa

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    Mahogany neck, rosewood board.
     
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    +1
     
  6. TheZ

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    What he said
     
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  8. xbearxau

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    Hey Scatter, if its not too off topic, would you mind telling us how you machined the plexi? Did you just cut close to the size and use a regular template router bit? Ive got to make some new templates and have some plexi lying around just not sure how it handles the router.
     
  9. Keyser Soze

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    Mahogany neck, pau ferro board.
     
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    Ditto!
     
  11. 4string

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    Heat is a big issue when machining plastics. Too much and it melts rather than cuts. Hi-speed sanding like drum sanding is out. RO is ok.

    For routing, I recommend cycling the cutting to allow the bit to cool. When a router bit is spinning without cutting it will air-cool. You should be able to touch a bit (when it's not spinning obviously) without burning your finger or it is too hot for plastic.
     
  12. misterecks

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    Looking very nice as usual. Just to be different I say maple neck, a big fat one :D
     
  13. Ironhide

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    If you're not gonna stain it too dark then I say maple like this one. Otherwise definitely mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. With brass hardware and black tuner buttons (trust me it would look killer!)
     
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    Just go crazy and use both.. mahogany neck, maple fretboard
     
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    OMG he is UNSTOPPABLE. I AM NOT WORTHY. But I sure will watch and steal, UM, I mean borrow some ideas !
     
  16. Scatter Lee

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    I made wood templates first then cut the plexi close with a saber saw then used the wood templates to route the plexi with a regular router bit, the plexiglass is 1/4" thick and I had no problems
     
  17. Scatter Lee

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    the neck screws on so I'll probably try a couple different woods

    I drilled some holes today, the drill press got the outside holes then i screwed on the bridge and used it as a template to drill the rest. used the hand drill with 3/8" bit for the counter sunk part on the string ferrules, then used my fingers and a 5/16" bit to drill the depth by hand, the bit was so sharp it would just corkscrew into the wood with the drill so i did it by hand measuring depth along the way

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    Did some ironing with a wet cloth to raise the grain and sanded the body down to 400 grit and brushed on some sanding sealer

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    still not sure what color to do the body, maybe a transparent Blonde or Yellow :confused: maybe :confused: still have a couple of holes to drill




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  18. three barrel

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    Clear coat it. That grain is killer! Lots of tonal variations already.
     
  19. free2rock

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    Looking great! Excited!
     
  20. OpenG Capo4

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    I'd go with a walnut or cherry color on the body, and a vintage amber tint on a maple neck, with a rosewood board.
     
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