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Maricopa's 2012 Challenge Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by Maricopa, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    No time and 2 guitars so overdue the buyers ought to be coming over to kick my ass any day now but.....what the hell, I got two months.

    Plan is some sort of radically hollowed, very light Thinline-ish thing. Body and neck from sapele, top either maple or a piece of Aussie eucalyptus. Fretboard TBD but likely rosewood.

    A pickguard from that uber-cool Stew-Mac acrylic tortoise stuff and celluloid tortoise binding.

    My pickup guru Clint Searcy is searching his nooks and crannies for 'something cool' but the fallback will be twin P-90s with vol/tone/blend controls.

    Wilkinson tuners and Tele half bridge.
     
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  2. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

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    I knew you couldn't resist :p
     
  3. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    Everything but temptation....
     
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    Awesome.. the gang's all here! Good luck, man!
     
  5. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Good to see the "elder" statesman represented :)

    Welcome back Mike, and good luck! :D

    Dave
     
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    Should be a good one!
     
  7. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    You really should decorate it with some happy trees, y'know.
     
  8. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    Don't make me come down there. :D
     
  9. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    Well here's 'da goods'. A sapele plank, some nice maple and some insane Aussie eucalyptus. Still can't decide which top to go with.
     

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    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Nice wood (enough said :lol:)
     
  11. oigun

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    Great minds think alike:D First I have some finishing to do...
     
  12. Guitar novice

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    Nice wood. Where did you source the eucalyptus from?
     
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    Good Luck Mike.

    I wish I could join in the fun but I just can't make the time this year.
     
  14. RogerC

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    Wow, tough decision on the wood choices. Good luck, and I'm really looking forward to watching!
     
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    Incredible looking wood, look forward to another beauty!
     
  16. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks guys.
    Sorry you won't be joining in John.
    Novice, I got it at a local place here in Phx. They usually have tons of the stuff but almost all of it is checked, cracked and warped. This is the largest 'solid' piece of it I've ever seen and it will still require a bit of epoxy filling.
     
  17. dilbone

    dilbone Tele-Afflicted

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    man that is some great lumber, I wish I was going to have that tough of a time trying to decide what wood to use...:lol:
     
  18. dazzaman

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    I don't want you disqualified on a technicality, so please change your title in case of nitpicking.

    Oh, and +1 on the lumber!
     
  19. Maricopa

    Maricopa Friend of Leo's

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    I won't even show youse guys the stack on the other side of the room. Koa, walnut, mango, quilted mahogany, flamed redwood, etc. I wouldn't want to be responsible for any fits, convulsions or drooling. ;)


    I don't want you disqualified on a technicality, so please change your title in case of nitpicking.

    Thanks, nits are hereby picked. :D
     
  20. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Good idea, building with eucalyptus. Then, getting a cold won't keep you out of the shop, in fact, it will be good for you to be in the shop. Is there such a thing as menthol wood?:lol:
     
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