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So I'm learning

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Chewie219, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Chewie219

    Chewie219 Tele-Meister

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    Well I have been working for about a week on my first guitar build. I think I have made a grave error. I routed out the pickup cavities last night that I had on a different template that I used on the cavities and the body. The pickup cavities came out "wonky" they are not straight with the body! Is this because I used a different template? Both were built off of the TDown auto ad file. I will try to post some pictures tonight. Panicking just a little.
     
  2. jkingma

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    Can't help without pics. Sorry.
     
  3. Chewie219

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    Here are some pics. I do have a center line on the body. Looks like I will be ok for the bridge and bridge pup. Please help.
     

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    So I think I am going to recut the pick up cavity using this template. I got these acrylic ones off eBay but don't trust the sizes based on the measurements I took of them. My pick guard will still cover it. I think I am going to be ok. Someone stop me of not. :)
     

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    Still looks wonky. No idea what to do.
     

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    With neck template. Does this look right?
     

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    If you have a neck pickup and a pickguard, could you not fake the assembly to see if everything falls into place?
     
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    If you are putting a pickguard on it, then "so what"... you could have a humbucker rout under there and it doesn't matter. Just carry on, and don't lose any sleep over it.
     
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    It looks fine. If my routes were as good I'd be happy.
     
  10. Chewie219

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    Thanks for the advice. I guess with something new I just want to be sure that I am doing this right. The first piece of wood I purchased is this Douglas fir. I am not a fan, but it is a good learning experience.
     
  11. Chewie219

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    I have gotten some more done on my first tele build. I drilled the string through holes and everything looked good on top till I turned it over. My drill press was set up very straight and I am not sure what happened. I was able to get the neck routed out and did some sanding.
     

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    Everything looks good to me. Tele's are pretty forgiving of little mistakes.
     
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    Small diameter drill bits sometimes bend and follow the easier path through the dense and less dense grain, especially if the they are clogged with chips. Look at the early fender tele ferrules and you'll see they are off some too in some cases.
     
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    Well I got the neck planed down and I am waiting on my fretboard to come in. I routed the neck and it seems pretty tight so far. Here are some shots of the neck. I think at one point I stated the neck is maple but it is ash.
     

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    Hi Chewie

    Good luck with the build. Dont worry about the cavities. You can put a swimming pool under the pg and there's no probs.

    What sort of truss rod you going with?

    Cheers
     
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    I have been working on the neck the past few days. (pics to come) It is coming along pretty good. I have all the frets sawed and ready to radius the board. I have a question about bending the frets. Is it necessary to bend the frets before installation?
     
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    I think yes. I don't see how you can install straight frets on a radiused neck. I just bend mine by hand a little less radius than the neck...in other words if your neck radius is 12", go for 11 or 10" fret radius.

     
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    Ok, next question. Do I radius the fretboard before or after I put the inlays in?
     
  20. trev333

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    what sort of timber is that Chewie?... it looks good..

    my first body has a similar look... not as fine grained though...easy to work on.. Oregon maybe...

    the pick guard will cover the rout..you could just lightly trim the straight edge to square it up for looks...and peace of mind... or do a HB/p90 rout under there for the future?...;)
     

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