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Offset semi hollow body guitar build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Dodo-Lurker, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. Dodo-Lurker

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    Drilled the holes for the tuning machines, and test fitted them to see if they lined up, which they did. I think I should make a template next time though. The tuners are Wilkinson's locking tuners, if anyone's wondering.
     

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    Really nice headstock, but it will look better once it has some blood on it.
     
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    Routed the cavity for the control plate and test fitted that also, fits perfectly. It's the same stuff as the pickguard material.
     

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    Started to shape the neck. I usually do it just freehand without any templates, unless I'm trying to reproduce a specific shape. Do the hard work with a rasp, and smooth with a sanding block. Still needs some work, but it's getting there.
     

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    Sanded the fretboard radius, then glued and sanded the fret dot markers, which I made from birch. I've never worked with Indian rosewood before, but I must say, it's very easy to work with, sands very quickly.
     

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    Glued the binding (ivory colored). This step used to go all wrong with me, but lately I've been getting used to the process and everything goes well.
     

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    Man, I love your sense of style!
    This looks so cool.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Here are my radius sanding blocks which I made a couple years ago (12" radius).
     

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    Nice and shiny.
     

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    I decided to put a little glue in the fret slots, so I put a piece of tape on both sides of the slot to keep things tidy. Used a hammer to get the frets in place.
     

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    Sanded the fret ends level with the fretboard. I used a belt sander to get the job done a bit faster, just keeping in mind to go quite slow so the frets didn't heat up too much.
     

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    Beveled the fret ends.
     

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    Polished the frets using something that I don't know the English name of, but it's similar to steel wool but this just doesn't disintegrate the same way steel wool does.
     

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    Also made a small round over to the edge of the fretboard.
     

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    That is looking fantastic!!!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Today I finally got the guitar assembled completely, but unfortunately couldn't test it yet because I didn't have a soldering iron at the moment, so I couldn't solder the electronics yet.
     

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    I had drilled the holes for the pots 2mm too small (don't know how that happened :rolleyes:) so I had to enlarge them. As I was doing that, the edge of the hole chipped... darn. Oh well, I guess I'm just going to use a bigger washer.
     

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