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Mojotron's 2012 Challenge Build Thread -- COMPLETED

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

  1. Mojotron

    Mojotron Poster Extraordinaire

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    Due the shortage of misguided financial endeavors, baseless opinion, unrestrained lethargy and self deprecation in the world - plus my inability to pass a router without picking it up - I'm IN!

    I know I did not finish on time last year... And, I said I was going to keep it simple this year and finish on time... Well, forget that, I got even crazier ideas this year :lol:
     
  2. RogerC

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    WOOT! :lol: Good luck man!
     
  3. Mojotron

    Mojotron Poster Extraordinaire

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    Thanks!! Ya this is going to be great.
     
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    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

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    I like the practical assessment of your current situation...and the reckless abandon to ignore the practical assessment. Good luck
     
  5. gitlvr

    gitlvr Friend of Leo's

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    Glad to see you in! Good luck!
     
  6. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    What he said :lol:


    Good to see ya back :D

    Dave
     
  7. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    Good luck, Mojo! Nice to see the old crew back for more!
     
  8. Mojotron

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    Life is more interesting that way :lol: Thanks! May as well leave it all on the field - can't take it with you and you only get to make so many guitars - we are going to make some awesome stuff this year!

    Thanks!!

    Ya - I see a lot of friends with threads - I think we must have finally gotten over that burn out from last year. This is great!! Ya don't have any gator skin do ya? :)
     
  9. hockeygoon

    hockeygoon Tele-Holic

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    Here's to seeing your finished guitar! I'm sure you'll finish.
     
  10. Mojotron

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    Thanks!! I always finish.. on time - on so much.... I'm planing on it this time. Last year's guitar, though late, has been my main axe all year - this year I'm going to build on top of the design changes I did last year.
     
  11. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nope. I'm stitching mine together out of several small lizards. ;)
     
  12. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Do it Mojotron! I think the challenge you'll be facing is to
    not load yourself with *too* many challenges. :lol:
     
  13. Mojotron

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    Thanks! And, oh don't I know it Glenn! I've not built a guitar since wrapping up the 2011 Challenge build - but that one ended up being my favorite so far.
     
  14. Mojotron

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    Deep Thought #1:
    Thoughts on this years Challenge build:
    1) I'm going to leverage the design I came up with for last year's challenge build. Here are the motivations from last year:
    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/3118911-post1.html
    And, the neck analysis I did back then:
    http://mojotronics.com/images/Guitar_builds/2011_TDPRI_Challenge/Mojotron_2011_TDPRI_Challange_analysis.pdf

    2) I'm thinking of making the bridge plate out of 1/8" thick brass, and I've been playing with a new bridge design - but I may just go with Leo's 3 saddle design if I can't work out the mechanicals on the saddles for the design I'm working on.

    3) I have to get the balance better than last year's challenge build. Part of the problem with last year's build was that the Cherry wood I used for the neck was insanely heavy/dense - like it was Ironwood or something really dense. I'm thinking this year I may use something that is a big more straight forward and go with some Khaya Ivorensis or perhaps push the envelope a little and use a super light Maple like Silver Maple for the neck. On the other hand Bigleaf Maple is only about 13-15% heavier and significantly stiffer/harder - could be a great compromise of weight/mechanical properties.

    4) Fret board: I'm going to use a dark Rosewood or Rosewood-like wood. Perhaps it's time to see if I'm one of the lucky ones that have a Pau Ferro/Morado alergy?

    5) Body wood: I have some great ribbon-grained Khaya Ivorensis, but I also have a really nice Alder board. I also have some nice Bigleaf for a top... Still thinking on this.
     
  15. Guitarnut

    Guitarnut Friend of Leo's

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    Glad to see you in it Mojo!

    It's gonna be a great yaer...I can feel it!

    Mark
     
  16. Mojotron

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    Yep - me too Mark - this is great already!
     
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    It just wouldn't be right without some "Mojo" , glad you are in.
     
  18. Mojotron

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    Thanks Herb!! I'm in the same place as you... "I will by the weekend..." as far as sorting out what to do - been thinking about a lot of ideas the last 8 months or so. A lot of my blades/bits are coming back from getting sharpened Friday - so I think Friday night I get the planer out and start gluing, Saturday morning I fire up the router and things get busy :)
     
  19. Mojotron

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    Deep Thought #2:
    Pickups/tone: I'm looking to replace the more standard Tele that I use for "Humbucker" tones with the wider/longer neck design from last years challenge. I'll likely wind my own and make them close to a Gibson Classic pickup set - maybe the neck pickup under-wound a bit and the bridge pickup over-wound a bit. I have a few sets from Mojotone, but they are a little wider than the PAF bobbins. Magnets... I have a ton of A5 magnets that are a little weak - I guess one could think of them as "Alnico-4" magnets, I'll likely use them. I love the Alnico-2's that I've had - much softer tone - if I can find some I may go with those.
     
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    Looking forward to the thread. Glad you are in.
     
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