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My first guitar - Stratelecaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by doncha_magoso, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. doncha_magoso

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    I think that it allows us to be more patient, and know what to expect while using some more complicated tools... i'm not using anything electric yet, and feels good, i won't bother the neighbors.

    :D thanks for the comments guys!
     
  2. PinewoodRo

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    Great guitar, thanks for sharing - I've really enjoyed following the progress. Hope it sounds as good as its gonna look!
     
  3. doncha_magoso

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    Thanks for the comments dude.

    I've been a bit low in free time, and it's been raining a lot, so I guess any painting plans are truncated for a few days now :(
     
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    Nice, I like the custom body shape, if your going to make it, make it your own.
     
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    Sure!!

    I thought about that when I was trying to make up my mind between buying a new Telecaster and actually building one... So the best way I thought of, was to design my own, since I already decided to make it. It's been a long process, and in the way I got divorced and lost my job, so I guess whatever I'm able to do with my hand tools is good enough.

    I have a job now, but live alone and it has helped me to really concentrate con the learning process.

    I'm really happy with it :D

    The next one is on the drawing board and it's going to be even much better.

    Thanks for the comments guys!
     
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    Looking forward to seeing it finished, good work man :)
     
  7. doncha_magoso

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    New stuff arrived to my mail :D

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    Looks awesome man! You are very patient. I am lucky enough to have access to a friends wood shop.
     
  9. doncha_magoso

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    Here's the pick guard finally put in place with screws and holes drilled for each screw :)

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  10. doncha_magoso

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    And now, thanks to the back plate, I know how much how I can sand away from the neck pocket :)

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    Well, i decided i can still do things to make a progress without paint it yet...

    Just drilled the holes for the screws for the tuners, and i installed the entire set just to make sure everything is ok. It went okay, but i discovered i need to expand one of the holes just a little bit, one of the rings fits too tight and i don't want it to be a problem later.

    Here's how it looks.

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    I finally went for the set i bought at StewMac.com , although i'd like to use the other set sometine later, looks and feels really good, way better than StewMac's, but i need to make a stop drill and i'm still learning so i guess it can wait. I'll make a test on another piece of wood, perhaps the remaining pieces of alder from the body.

    I also found out a cool thing from this tunners: the holes for the locking heads are different sizes, 1 size for the thin ones and 1 size for the thick ones, cool :D

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    I'm using just a hand drill, so it's really difficult to drill at 90 egree angle precisely, the last hole for the (e) string went a little twisted, but once installed it looks okay. I also used wax, in order to get the screws into the holes with less friction, works like a charm.

    :D feels good
     
  12. doncha_magoso

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    Well here's what i've done so far


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    I fixed the neck pocket, now i can adjust the thuss rod without un mounting the neck or messing with the strings.

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    it looks small next to my telecaster :p

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    I bought the screwdriver kit and a reamer :p

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    A switch made in Germany arrived to replace the old one made in Japan

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    here's the little bugger

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    Replacing it is easy :D

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    And the diagrams are easy to folow :D


    It's tested by connecting the jack to the pot, plugging it to an amp, and touching the pickups with a small screwdriver... all pickups work as they should, and combine as they should... it doesn't give much noise, it's all good, since i'm not using the ground wire yet.

    Once they are installed, they will buzz because of the strings, so the ground wire will help a lot.

    I made sure the soldierong went okay, it doesn't looks that good, but sure feels firm and durable.

    Cheers!

    Alfredo
     
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    Your doing a great job with this, keep on rocking my friend!
     
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    Here's the body after some tries on the paint. This is just before the last coats of clear...

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    And the same but in other light condtions

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    :)

    Feeling happy :D
     
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    That is looking really nice..... minimal tools and a great job!

    (i have a friend who is in Mexico right now touring with Chayanne as their guitar tech....don't know if he'd have time to help with setup before he's back here in the states)
     
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    Excellent work, my friend. I've bought several Warmoth necks, I really like the side adjust trussrod, I think it's a Gotoh mechanism, and I haven't seen it anywhere else.
     
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    Hehehe well I guess your friend might have to deal with a tight schedule, don't worry, a friend of mine will help me with the setup, he's a really good guitar tech and a really nice Luthier.


    And yes! this Warmoth necks are really great. Love the feeling and the side adjustment rod... can't be better than that :D
     
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    That is a very beautiful & unique guitar. Very nice job on every part of it, congrats!
     
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    Thanks a lot dude :D more news on this one, but till next week :D
     
  20. Tommy Curtiss

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    A really nice looking guitar,,and with hand tools only :eek: ,,,wow,,you should be proud
     
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