New build - Garagecaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by photondev, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. photondev

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    [​IMG]I have been accumulating in my garage all types of wood, abandoned projects and guitar parts over the years. I will try to put them to hopefully good use, and avoid having to purchase anything.

    I have a couple of roughly cut alder tele bodies, and one of them will be used for this build.

    Here is the body I started with

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    I don't need another tele, I have one that I love and play regularly.

    After seeing a lot of cool designs in the internet, looking for inspiration, I modified the basic tele design using Inkscape, with the idea of using a tele body I could modify, and I came up with this. I cannot claim it is a completely original design. Here is the modified body

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    Here is the plan:

    It will be a slow build and the design will be adjusted as I go.

    I selected an old strat neck that I had from my first electric guitar, a strat built by a now defunct company called Route 101 guitars.
    I will also use a couple of relatively old Bill Lawrence humbuckers: BL450 neck and BL465 bridge.
    Les Paul style wiring harness from GFS.
    I haven't decided about the bridge: a tele style or a wraparound bridge
     
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    Keep in mind that on a flat top, you'll have to either angle the pocket or shim the everliving daylights out of a strat neck if you choose to go wrap-around bridge.

    Looks great! Don't take toooooo long haha
     
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    Or he could sink the wrap-around bridge in a cavity like they do on the Slick guitars. I did it on one of my builds and it turned out okay. I only did it because I couldn't angle the neck pocket(it was a neck through guitar).
     
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    Laying out parts
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    This will be close to the final body shape.

    Started Cleaning up the body contours with the ROSS, still needs more work

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    This will be really cool.
     
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    Sanded the body with 80 grit to finish the contour and remove tool marks and nicks
     

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    Also prepared the body for the humbuckers

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    Also prepared the control cavity

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    Control cavity roughly routed, the plan is to have the pickup switch and the volume pots and tone pots in the same area

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    Looks cool! I like it!
     
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    looking good. offset tele, v nice.
     
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    The other concern about using a wrap around bridge is that most of them are fixed at 12 inch radius - most fender style necks are something less (9 or 10 or even smaller). I happen to like 12 inch f/b's and thats what I made my tele but just be aware as you lay out your geometry.
     
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    Yes, I was looking for something different than the tele I love. Specially I wanted to use those humbuckers that I recall being really sweet sounding
     
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    Good to know Freeman, I didn't know about the wrap around being 12". In this case I decided to go with the Fender style bridge that I believe matches the neck
     
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    Some long time ago I thought I would see how hard it would be to make a ToM work with Fender type geometry. My rule of thumb is if the fret plane just hits the tops of the saddles at their lowest possible adjustment then you generally have enough adjustment to get playable action and have some adjustment for future. There is a bit of wiggle room but its a good starting place. Here is a ToM sitting on some little blocks of wood that emulate the adjuster posts and studs - this would be the lowest it would go

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    Even with the normal overstand the neck would need significant angle to get playable action. This, plus the radius miss match made me cautious of the whole idea.
     
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    nice!
     
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    Just a quick question Freeman. How critical do you think the bridge to fb radius is? Does it overtly affect intonation, and to what degree? I’m referring to what you mentioned here - likely a 12” TOM with a 9.5” fb.
     
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