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Mahogany Tele Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Bendyha, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. Bendyha

    Bendyha Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Well something mahogany like..sapele maybe?

    Joined the body. It's about 45mm thick at the moment.

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    Routed out a channel for four 10 x 3mm carbon rods to be glued into. I have decided make a none truss rod build again, as the other times i've done this, I was most happy with the results.

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    I won't be rushing this through, as I've got a lot of other work to finish off, but will try to keep doing a little on it as time permits.

    As to what the finished guitar is going to be.......I have not yet decided, other than it will be tele shaped and made of this wood!

    I have two Kinman P90 Buckers that I purchased about two years ago to put in a clients LP, but we ended up putting some other Kinman Humbuckers in instead. Since then they have been sitting around waiting for me to do something with them...so here goes!

    I don't want it to it to be to LP like, so maybe I will go for a Thinline, but I want to make a slightly shorter neck than a normal tele....we'll see.

    Next choice, what to use for the fingerboard......
     
  2. G.Rotten

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    Sapele would be my guess too. Lots of ribbons.

    I'll say Richlite for the board because I know how much we all like the idea of it. Lol.
     
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  3. Jim_in_PA

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    Yes, I'd say sapele, too. The ribbon effect is a big clue and it's quite often used in place of a true mahogany for both cost and availability reasons. Great wood to work with...a bit of interwoven grain, however. Finishes up beautifully and if you plan things carefully, the ribbon striping can be stunning.
     
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    Great project....I've long wanted a Tele-shaped Les Paul Jr. All mahogany, 24 3/4" scale, baseball bat neck, single P-90. Even go with the TV Yellow (limed mahogany?) finish. Keep us posted!
     
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    Mmmmm, sapele, my favorite. Well, one of my favorites, along with walnut and maple!

    Subbed for sure.
     
  6. Bendyha

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    Fingerboard wood choices, the middle wood is a bit of the sapele that I am using, that has been finised with oil.

    Top - birdseye maple
    Left - ebony
    Right - Palisander (looking a bit dark in its old roughsawn/oxidized surface.)
    Bottom - English Boxwood, also slightly birdseyed. (super-fine smooth surface and probably the hardest/heaviest of the woods)

    So what do you think would be the best?

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    Palisander it looks kind of like Indian Rosewood, I'd do that or the Maple Birdseye.
     
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    Another vote for Palisander. I'm a fan of rosewood boards.
     
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    I'd go with the ebony, but the palisander (I never heard of that before) looks good too. My first blueprint tele has a mahogany/ebony neck. It's very nice.
     
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    Palisander - I would like to see different finishes on it? Very Interesting!
     
  11. Bendyha

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    I managed to get a bit more done over the weekend.

    I am using the same outline as on my last pinecaster, tele like, but a bit modified; a somewhat smaller horn, with a touch more cutaway, and the upper bout a bit higher reaching into the neckset, lower bouts are slightly more strat-like.

    Transfer the outline from the paper to the wood with a white wax pencil;

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    Saw it out, leaving a bit of excess around the neckset to start with;

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    Then the sanding drum and belt to get a bit closer before the final hand finish to the outline;

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  12. Bendyha

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    Okay, happy enough so far, but (taking into account the lack of neck, pick-up and control cavities) it is heavier than I would like it to be...sort of knew that before though...so it will be a thinline:)

    I guess I should have taken a slice off the blanks before joining them up, to use as the cap, but it's to late for that now:(

    Okay, what else do I have lying around....quiet a few billets of birdseye maple, which should look good, so prepare a cap.

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    about 8mm. thick.

    Shoot the joint;

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    And glue it up;

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  13. Skydog1010

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    Ebony
     
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    Hey Bendyha, good to see you over here at the Home Depot again :).

    I'm more familiar with your work over at Shock Brothers. You folks over there helped me out a lot with my amp projects.

    Good ingredients - mahogany and P-90's :)!




    Best Regards,
    Geo.
     
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  15. Bendyha

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    Yep. Now that i'll be going down the birdseye cap road, I think ebony is the only choice.

    I`m sort of keen on the idea of doing a set-in cap, with a surround of the sapele remaining, a bit like this Fender Acoustasonic.....but different.

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    I really enjoy these threads. Thanks for posting!
     
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    I had an all mahogany Telecaster and loved it. I wish I still had it as I traded if for an amp. I had it loaded with Frailin P-90s and it was a rocking machine. Humm! I may just build another come to think of it.
     
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    'Palisander' is actually the European name for rosewood - we spell it 'palissandre' in French :)
    Very nice selection of wood, it looks great already...Will keep an eye on this!
     
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  19. Bendyha

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    Ebony fingerboard it is. And the marker dots are boxwood.

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    Edge mounted, with the additional 12 fret dot. I hope they won't make planing the radius to much of a hassel. Just have to sharpen up my block-plane and see.

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    I really like those edge mounted dots!
     
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