Scratch Tele Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by MM73, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. MM73

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    Finish Work

    Finished my setup yesterday.

    Made a shortsighted and boneheaded move when I was leveling my frets...
    Was getting shy about filing down my first fret, so quit leveling while knowing full well I still had a slight low spot near #9.

    I figured I wouldn't really notice the difference in the action.

    Well, genius, what did I think was going to happen when I fretted #9 and everything downstream was taller??? BUZZZZZZZ

    The stupidity rages in my head.

    Action at the 1st fret is about 1/64" across the strings, a bit higher on the low E.
    I had to raise the saddles a bit more than I'd like to compensate for my leveling issue.
    As such, action at the 17th fret is about 1/16" (at least measured by my gauge).
    Playable, but not what I like.
    I'll enjoy it as-is for a couple weeks, but will need to pull the neck and revisit the leveling.

    Nut shaped and polished and string tree installed.

    Locate String Tree 20Feb2016.jpg

    Finished Bone Nut 20Feb2016.jpg

    Headstock 20Feb2016.jpg
     
  2. MM73

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    The Victory Lap

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    Guitar 1 20Feb2016.jpg

    Guitar 2 20Feb2016.jpg

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    Guitar 4 20Feb2016.jpg

    Time to enjoy this one!
     
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    I love the bridge pickup. Its exactly what I was hoping for. Even if fit and finish of the guitar isn't perfect, it is the best sounding guitar that I own!

    The neck pick up is mellow, and pairs well with the bridge pickup. Everything I know how to play just seems to sound better through the bridge pickup tho.

    I tried hard to show off the sound without mucking it up with my lack of playing skill. I tried to do something that went up and down the neck a bit.

    1st riff: David Bowie, The Man Who Sold the World
    2nd riff: Johnny Cash, Ghost Riders in the Sky (I think song is Stan Jones, not sure if he did the original tune)
    Played clean thru a Mustang I v.2, bridge pick up only.



    Did I mention I tried hard to play this clean...I concentrate this hard when I run my router:D

    Stick a fork in this one.

    On to #2!

    Cheers Everyone...Get up and build something!
     
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  4. Captain Nutslot

    Captain Nutslot Friend of Leo's

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    Great job on your build Mark! Sounds and looks great.
     
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    oldrebel Friend of Leo's

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    Fantastic!!
     
  6. pemaleto

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    Good job, great looking guitar!
     
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    +1

    I especially like the colour and looks of the body
     
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    I've seen several of your own guitars, and I'm grateful for the compliments from accomplished builders!

    Thanks for following my build!
     
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    Brow can you share to me all item and tools for made your telecaster?
     
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    Nice work Mark ! Quite a journey.
     
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    Thanks Meteorman!

    I couldn't be happier that it came together.

    It might be the poor action, but I'm not sure if I like the 7.25" fret radius.
    I'm going to relevel the frets soon, to improve action, and will give it another chance.

    I'm scribbling together my plans for #2.
    Actually, the plans are done...I just need to find where I left all of my post-it notes.
     
  12. GerryB

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    I took lots of notes from this build....you are to be commended!
     
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    Mark,

    I just read through all of this epic adventure (here and the Finishing thread) when I could probably have been doing something sensible, it was quite a page-turner.

    I don't own any tools more sophisticated than a drill/driver or a handsaw (or the woodworking skills to make use of them if I did) so there is no way I'll ever take on a project like this but I love to read about them - and if there's a TDPRI awards ceremony I reckon you'll be nominated for honesty, wit, writing style, engineering method, and sheer guts!

    Good work, hope you get some pleasure out of playing the finished article - and look forward to hearing about the next project.
     
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    Award? Someone did offer to sign me up at Strat-Talk.com...said I was a "special" kind of builder!

    They also strongly suggested that I wipe my browser history after I made the move???
     
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