Melody Maker build

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

  1. Zenzeypher

    Zenzeypher Tele-Afflicted

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    I've watched this from the start.

    It's the only thread i've subscribed to and I get all excited when I get an inbox notification.

    I'm glad to see it come together and I have liked seeing all the little **** ups along the way.

    looks like a player, and thanks for sharing.
     
  2. Guitarnut

    Guitarnut Friend of Leo's

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    Excellent work Glenn!

    What can I say that hasn't already been said? Other than I'm still hoping for the complete recreation of your prized guitar. As beautiful as it is now, imagine sitting and playing those memories all over again. That was the reason for the build after all. Probably won't get an argument from you though. :p

    As the master of unfinished builds, I can tell you it's wholely unsatisfying until you cross the finish line.

    Either way, beautiful guitar and great thread.

    Mark
     
  3. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks, Mark. It will be fun to do the finish when weather
    permits; in the meantime I'll enjoy playing it. But as Mac
    says, the body will get some "natural coloring" -- I already
    found a ding in the back.

    I also didn't screw in the truss rod cover yet. The Gibson
    cover I found on sale won't work I think, because it has one
    screw at the top and one at the bottom, and there's not
    enough wood over the truss rod fillet for a screw, I'm sure.

     
  4. guitarbuilder

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    Make your own cover.... and put the hole near the nut ! :) Hmmm that just doesn't sound right.
     
  5. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks all for the kind remarks! :)

    Thanks to all who watched, make suggestions, kibitzed, etc.
    I want to specially thank those who consistently helped and
    encouraged, like Guitarnut, Herb, crazydave, guitarbuilder,
    Nick, and macaroonie (apologies to those I forgot to mention!).
    It's an honor to be accepted as a peer by you talented
    and knowledgeable people.

    I'm still a rookie, and have my share of personality flaws,
    but in my favor I keep building and learning.

    Some of the high/low-lights of this build were, for me:
    - neck scarf joint problems
    - the fingerboard rip-off
    - statistics of error accumulation
    - science of clamping
    - issues in drilling trussrod access hole in headstock
    - dot marker fiasco and inlay work

    Some lessons learned:
    - center lines are your friends
    - flat and square surfaces are your friends
    - more ingenuity is required when building guitars that
    aren't widely built
    - hand tools are fun, often dust-free, and the best choice for some steps
    - always keep eventual playability of the guitar in mind
    - you can learn a lot from factory tour videos
    - keep finished pieces away from the workbench to avoid dents and dings
    - african mahogany is easy to work

    Off to work on the demo video, and later this year on the sunburst finish.

    In the meantime:

    [​IMG]
     
  6. StoogeSurfer

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    Flatfive, I'm late to this party, but now that you're done, I want to show you this: the '62 Melody Maker that I got in a trade, circa 1973. I was 16. I still have it.

    I always thought it was a '59, because that's what the trader told me, but as a result of this thread I actually looked it up, and it seems to be a late '62, with a serial number of 93378.

    Humbuckers and grovers, and just as I got it, except for the refin I did shortly after acquiring it. Oh the humanity. It used to have the wide sunburst like yours. Still fun to play. Poor boy's Les Paul.
     

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  7. macaroonie

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    Check out the neck pocket on that sweet lookin geeetar.
     
  8. jipp

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    well looks like she has aged nice.. the neck pocket is deeeep. heh, any pictures of it stoog.. the more i look at your getar flat.. man, i would let her age and darken naturally.. its just so perfect..

    chris.
     
  9. StoogeSurfer

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    Get close to this old dog and you will see plenty of 'character.' :rolleyes: Not to hijack the thread, but I really never thought I'd see another one like mine until I saw this post.
     

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  10. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks a lot for sharing those pics. Mine was a '65 (when I started
    this thread I thought '64), but our humbucker mods were almost
    identical, weren't they? It really must have been the thing to do with
    MMs in those days. I seen pics of others, too.

     
  11. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Chris, thanks for the suggestion, but... it's gotta be sunburst.

     
  12. StoogeSurfer

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    If you get bored FF you can re-burst mine too. I wish I had never stripped it!
     
  13. rapfohl09

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    This is a great picture, and personally, I like the shallower bottom yours has (because of that tear out issue) a lot better than the older one.
     
  14. jipp

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    flatfive - I totally understand and respect the reason why and wont mention it again.. i do look forward to the pictures after the burst so please dont forget us. its all good my friend.. did not mean to push yo one way or another. guess you could say i really like your new girl. :)
    chris.
     
  15. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Chris - no problem at all; thanks for looking and making the
    suggestion.

     
  16. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    You may want to see how my first 'burst comes out before
    sending in your order! By the way, if you read the first post
    you may have seen that I also acquired my MM in a trade.

    Thanks. Only about 1/8" was taken off, but sometimes small
    things make a difference. I'll do another comparison pic after
    doing the finish.
     
  17. Mojotron

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    Wow - what an outstanding job! That side by side picture is amazing - you nailed it!
     
  18. flatfive

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    Thanks, Mojo. The main visible difference you can see is
    the pick guard detail around the bridge pickup. I purposely
    made this a little different because a humbucker doesn't
    quite fit on the pickguard in that area.

    By the way, last night I put the guitar down, strings and
    all, on the bench and hacked away at the back of the neck
    to get more of a C shape and less of a D shape. Vacuumed
    the dust, wiped a couple of coats of shellac on, and I was
    good to go later in the evening.
     
  19. Jimmyspaz

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    Nice work there , am waiting to see the burst go on, I still miss my old '63, should never have sold that one, played it for 40 years.
     

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  20. gogoman

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    Great build, enjoy your guitar!
     
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