Mike Simpson's 2012 Challenge Build thread -- COMPLED

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

  1. Mike Simpson

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    I'm in... Details later....
     
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    Welcome back Mike, and good luck! :D

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    It's going to be fun watching your thread, Mike. Good luck, not that you'll need it :D
     
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    Good luck Mike!
     
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    Yeah glad you decided to enter. I loved your guitar from last year, one of the classiest teles I've seen.
     
  6. Mike Simpson

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    Thanks Hockeygoon...

    I will try to get the wood posted tonight. I don't have a working printer at home so I'll have to try to print the proof page at work or go somewhere to print it. I am planning on a nitro finish (either sherwood green or sonic blue) so I need to get the body done quickly and get it on to the paint stage.
     
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    Love those colors...I'm in the same boat...gonna need some extra time for paint/clear...

    Can't wait to see this one.
     
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    I have a question. How did you get busted from Big Mike to just Mike, and if you win the Challenge, will you get promoted back?

    I enjoyed your build last year and look forward to seeing what you come up with this year.
     
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    Just a note: Maricopa will be forwarding us our mission details shortly. He is the designated Az woodbeaters Union chairman this year. I liked the one you did last year... hoping this one is keen too.
     
  10. Mike Simpson

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    I asked to be de-bigged... A couple of years ago I had lost 100lbs... Unfortunately I have gained half of it back so I am fighting that dragon again. Everyone still calls me Big Mike... It started as a stage name 15 years ago and has stuck.
     
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    I found most of the 40lbs I lost too. Funny how that works..... :rolleyes:
     
  12. Mike Simpson

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    OK... Here's my wood shot... On the left is a piece of 8/4 ash with a piece of indian Rosewood and on the right is 8/4 alder and a piece of curly maple.

    Still undecided what I am going to do. Right now I am leaning towards the ash body & rosewood neck on the left... I initially planned on an alder body and a rosewood neck but I have this piece of ash that I have not used and I am thinking about maybe a translucent finish on the ash.
     

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    I am going with the ash body and rosewood neck... unless something goes horribly wrong and I have to start over on one of them.

    Tonight I ran the 8/4 ash through the Rigid planer and then across my new old Rigid Jointer. After a couple of adjustments to the jointer it works great.

    Here is a shot of how much ash shavings the planer took off and a shot of the body halves ready to join.
     

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    That is one nice jointer...I just finally graduated to the table top delta from no jointer at all...but that machine would be nice to have...:D
     
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    Looking nice so far. Good Luck! I will be looking forward to seeing the finished product.
     
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    I smeared some titebond on the body halfs and clamped it up. I always use waxed paper to keep the glue that squeezes out from sticking to anything. I leave it clamped for an hour oe so and then unclamp it and wipe off the squeezed out glue with a wet rag.
     

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    ....and now time for a fine craft beer at the Handlebar...
     
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    I Went to the Handlebar.... and had a Cocoa Mole' beer and a real dark red beer (I forgot the name of the beer)... Cool place out in Apache Junction, we have a gig there tomorrow night.
     
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    Before I went to the handlebar I took the body out of the clamps and cleaned off the squeeze out glue with a damp rag.
     

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