Novice First Build: The Jawbone

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Slowtwitch, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Slowtwitch

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    I've also been prepping my home made Bone nut

    Getting the thing to seat properly in the nut slot was frustrating, making sure the slot was perfectly level and square ain't easy!!!
    Got it to work eventually
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    After researching, I found there isn't a standard for string spacing and it really is personal preference, considering nut width, fret bevelling angle and preferred spacing, I decided to go with a slightly wider spacing, even though my nut is narrower - I'll bevel the frets accordingly

    MIA modern strat spacing will work for me :)
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    Without nut files, I found guys using these really cheap gas jet cleaning tools (sold on ebay as Lutherer's nut files! o_O)

    It worked great so far to pre-slot the string spacing
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    Getting closer and closer...

    Following the advise from Ron on levelling frets: http://www.tdpri.com/threads/fret-leveling-yer-tele-101.201556/, I got a 6mm thick piece of glass cut glued to a piece of melamine for a levelling beam - longer than the fretboard so that all the frets gets sanded equally.

    permanent marker (sharpie) the fret tops, 220 grit paper glued on and using a figure of 8, up and down, and across motions, it went well I hope :)
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    Crowning the frets I used a small file (edges grinded off) and a small piece of wood cut at 45 deg with 2 grits sandpaper to crown the frets. marked the frets again and filed/ sanded away till only a thin line is left. This went surprisingly easy and well without a crowning tool
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    Slow, string spacing is really kind of the preference of the player. Offset from the edge of the f/b can range from about 0.100 to 0.125 and depends on how you fret, how you bend, whether you thumb fret the low E and to a small extent, bridge spacing. The individual strings can be spaced on equal centers or with equal gaps between the strings. I prefer the second and that little StewMac string spacing gauge makes it dead simple.

    The welding tip cleaners will get you by for one nut (I have a set and never use them) but a good set of gauged nut files makes the job easy also. If you do any work at all on guitars that purchase will pay for itself in a short time.
     
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  4. Slowtwitch

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    Time for electronics.
    The soldering iron I got (40W) is not quite hot enough for the job and made life difficult, producing a
    not-so-top class looking soldering job, but all is secure and will work fine :rolleyes:

    I found what seamed like the correct wiring from an old internet/ modem cable (multi strands)
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    I realise it won't be the neatest ever wiring job ever, but neither will I call it a crow's nest

    500k pots, .22 cap
     
  5. Slowtwitch

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    Decided on oil to finish the neck

    Sanded to 800grit and started oiling using Teak Oil (we don't get shellac or some of the other oils here).
    Sanded with oil to 2000 grit. couple more layers by cloth and finally rubbed the oil in on my leg till there were some heat. Really liked how the darker colour started to come out

    The result is a silky smooth, velvet feeling neck.

    Very pleased indeed
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    After having to sand down the backside of the body and respray, I got onto sanding and polishing.

    There are a few imperfections and I sanded through in the inside of the bottom horn due to a paint run I had to sand down, but all in all I'm very pleased with my first paint job. It does look like a professional finished guitar

    Finishing with rubbing compound, floor polish and wax to give it a glossy satin look
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    You mean Gasoline?

    I wouldn't use that

    Use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide 12% (Derived from 35%) .





     
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    No Not gasoline,that's oily. White Gas I believe is what it's called in the US
     
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    Oh like Alcohol / Moonshine / Firewater / Camping Fuel.

    Denatured Alcohol.
     
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    It's been some time since I've updated here.

    I finished levelling frets, which was a learning process - I had to re-level the frets since there were too many fret buzz I wasn't happy with. So the frets are now quite low, but pretty much zero buzz and it feels like a well played neck. The fret life might not last many years though, but that's okay

    I ended using an off cut granite beam with a glass sheet glued on and 600grit paper

    Nut slotting worked well

    Wilkinson tuners' quality is comparable to the Fender tuners on my MIA

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    checking whether I get any sound :rolleyes:
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    The guitar was set-up and I've been playing it now for a number weeks.

    Intonation is perfect, well as perfect as the 3 saddle compensated Tele bridge allows.

    So the neck alignment, bridge positioning, fret spacing, string hight - it all came together in harmony.

    Here's a couple of thoughts:

    Design flaws:
    - with the tight neck overhang fit to the pickguard, one needs to remove the neck before one can remove the pickguard. Not too big a deal

    - Not really a flaw, but I required longer neck screws to secure the neck due to the thicker body


    Design wins:
    - The PAF pups mixed with the 25.5" scale and Tele bridge brings out a great mixture of Humbucker tone with clarity and definition and an ability to cut through the mix well without sounding harsh or ice-picky

    - The neck shape feels very comfortable. Even my boy prefers it over the Strats' and Les Paul necks

    - Ergonomics works very well

    - Thicker body looks great and not too heavy and I don't miss a belly curve


    What's still to do:
    - I'm waiting for string ferrules, so just top-load currently! However, I have decided that this guitar does require a Bigsby B5 type trem. So I've ordered one, but will prob have to wait 3 months to arrive. So I'm having to decide whether to close the string thru holes at the back, and repaint the back or just leave them and install ferrules.

    - There seems to be a earthing issue, not all the time, just now and then when plugged in, so maybe a bad joint somewhere, or an issue with something else even which I'll nedd to sort


    AND THE VERDICT:

    All I can say is that it meets all my expectations. :cool:

    When people see it, they think it's a shop bought guitar

    Played on stage at church last week and it sounds GREAT!
    A number of people commented afterwards how good it sounds, so I'm super stoked

    I'm so stoked in fact that I've started with Build #2!!

    It has taken 6 months from deciding to start the project and research to having this unique instrument. How refreshing it is in this day and age of everything being INSTANT to enjoy the process of seeing something taking shape over time!
     
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    Here's the specs:

    BODY
    Body Material- Kiaat (South African Ingiginious)

    Finish- Satin Polyurethane 2 tone Tobaco/ Black Burst

    NECK
    Neck Material- Sneezwood (South African Ingiginious)

    Finish- Teak Oil

    Shape- Fat D

    Scale Length- 25.5" (648 mm)

    Fingerboard Material- Stinkwood (South African Ingiginious)

    Fingerboard Radius- 12" (304.8 mm)

    Number of Frets- 22

    Fret Size- Jumbo (2.7mm wide x 1mm high)

    Nut Material- Bone

    Nut Width- 1.65354" (42 mm)

    Position Markers-Dots

    Truss Rod- Double Action

    ELECTRONICS
    Controls- Master Volume (500k), Master Tone (500k), 0.22 Cap

    Switching- 3 way toggle: 1. Neck Pickup, 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, 3. Bridge Pickup

    Pickups- Donlis DLS51 PAF style humbuckers (2 x neck pups) Alnico 5, Nickel cover, 7.2k 3.4H

    HARDWARE

    Bridge- Wilkenson Compensated Tele Short Bridge with B5 tremello

    Tuning Machines- Wilkenson WJ07 19:1 gear ratio

    Volume & Tone Knobs- Bell knob, silver top, Black sides with #'s 1-10

    Neck Plate- 4-Bolt

    Pickguard– 3 ply WBW Parchment

    MISCELLANEOUS
    Strings- .011-.048 Gauges



    Here's some pics, although I'll take some quality pics once the Trem is on.

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    Difficult to relate detail in a poor quality pic, but here's 2 close ups
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    Glad to see some Cremona up in here! Matt’s a good friend, and an awesome guy.
     
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    The fretboard/ pickguard detail
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    Wow. What a great build. Congrats, Slow.
     
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    Thx Reddog much appreciated
     
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    Thought I'd share this pic.:)

    This is the aftermath of the build, keeping in mind this is the first woodwork project I've done in years, and prior to this build there was no wood or any other sundries :eek::eek::eek::D

    Templates, jigs, off-cuts, sandpaper........(ok scrap the tire :))
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