Melody Maker build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by flatfive, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    There's not much interesting to show about installing
    the tuners. Got the headstock level and drilled.

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    I have one of those little Woodcraft bars of beeswax handy
    for screws.

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    The shellac left a nice sheen on the back of the neck.

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  2. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    To make the nut I tried something a little different and
    followed the procedure kindly and carefully documented
    by Kennedycaster at

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/276101-makin-your-own-nuts-tutorial.html

    Two main things I learned from that tutorial:

    1. how to use a feeler gauge as a depth gauge when filing
      the nut slots
    2. that you can measure using that little finger that sticks
      out the end of calipers!
    Anyway, started by squaring off the nut; I'm using a bone
    nut from StewMac.

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    (The more experience I get with guitar building the more I'm
    interested in finding flat and square surfaces.)

    Here's using the feeler gauges to get the right nut slot depth.
    (See Kennedycaster's tutorial for details.)

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    Finished:

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    and installed:

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    I could've taken a little more material off the top of the nut
    on the high E side.

    I'll probably continue to use Kennedycaster's method in future.
    Thanks again to Kennedycaster for the excellent tutorial.

    Ready for setup!
     
  3. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

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    Nice ! That is a good thread by Kennedycaster , good job Glenn.
     
  4. crazydave911

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    As there is NO way I'm telling another grown man he has a nice nut, I'll just ask how it plays :), I know you have. Played it I mean...............the guitar! :lol:
     
  5. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, Herb.

    We can't take you anywhere. :lol:
     
  6. flatfive

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    We're there!

    Got it set up tonight!

    Things really fell into place at the end. I was worried about
    an ugly surprise, but everything just worked out right.

    The neck angle, bridge placement, and distance of the strings
    from the side of the neck all turned out perfectly. Believe it
    or not, I didn't need to intonate the bridge at all. I kept
    re-checking but it was just right.

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    The pickups (Tonerider Alnico 4's) sound great and are dead
    quiet. The .047 cap gives just the right range -- bridge pup
    with tone knob open is nice and bright; neck pup with tone
    at about 2 or 3 gives a nice jazz sound.

    You can't see any of the trials or tribulations of this thread
    in the final product, except for the dots being slightly off
    center.

    The only thing I don't like is that the neck is shaped a little
    too much like a D and not enough like a C, especially between
    the 1st and 5th frets. Since the neck has only a couple of
    light wipes of shellac I can easily fix that. :cool:

    More pics and other stuff tomorrow.
     
  7. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Don't sound so surprised, you do good work. She's a sweet build Glenn ;)
     
  8. kwerk

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    I read the response first, and thought to myself, must be a crazydave question. Sure enough. ;) :lol:

    Beautiful build, Glenn. It looks great.
     
  9. Nick JD

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    Wicked! Can we see more photos?
     
  10. adirondak5

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    Yea , more pics , please . :)
     
  11. guitarbuilder

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    Nice guitar and nice photography too.
     
  12. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Dave, kwerk, Nick, Herb, guitarbuilder -- thanks for the
    comments and for your help during the build.

    Here's some pics, but remember that I'll be doing a burst
    on this later. Wish I could've done the pics with natural
    light, but I guess I can do that after it gets painted.

    Tomorrow I'll post some more thanks, and list some of
    the lessons I learned.

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  13. CraigB

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    That is a beauty! I like the colors of the wood, no dark finish. Perfect
     
  14. rapfohl09

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    Wow, incredible job. You should be really proud of that thing!
     
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    looks great. i think id leave her just like that. but if you are set on paint.. im sure you will do a good job. thanks for the link on the feel gauge.. ill have to book mark than when i attempt my first build in a few months.. ( have to collect the t ools and wood which will take a few months... being a crippled, not much cash to play with.. but thankfully i have most of the wood tools already just need the special guitar tools fretboard etc)
     
  16. crazydave911

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    This has been some thread, and that, is some fine guitar ;)
     
  17. adirondak5

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    Great thread and beautiful guitar Glenn , looking forward to the burst.
     
  18. Fernder

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    Very Nice! Well done sir.
     
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    +1

    I know you're set on recreating your old guitar, but this is so pretty as it is now. :)
     
  20. macaroonie

    macaroonie Friend of Leo's

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    Well Glenn that has come out looking just great. Just wait till the body starts picking up some natural colouring , you won't want to touch it then !

    Top job. M
     
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