Stew-MAC Mini T Build

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  1. Strange Ol' Man

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    This is so beyond cool! My oldest kid is in a wheelchair, and wants to learn how to play; a normal sized guitar is too cumbersome for him in his chair, and I thought about getting one of these for him (and for me to use for recordings when he's not using it). Your build turned out awesome! Did you glue fabric to the body for the paisley handkerchief finish?
     
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    Yes sir . Fit and finish in these are good . It’ll need a fret level and crown . I’ve done a bunch and f Fabric under Lacquer and have a couple out in tours and they have held up .

    These would be great for what your wanting .

    I had to shape headstock and I cut pickguard to my preferred shape .

    Tight neck and body fitment .
     
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    Ah, I recognize your finish work now (the Buck Evel in your avatar was a big hint). You do a lot of tweed teles, too! ;) I am a big fan of your builds, going back to a guitar that you built for Blackberry Smoke to auction for charity, IIRC.

    I read some reviews of the mini, and several reviewers said they're hard to tune and intonate due to the odd short scale length. I am interested to know how it performs once you have it strung up.
     
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    Thank you I’ll post up on this one as we go . I’m gonna install string furrels for sure . I think that will help and 2 string trees .
     
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    That's awesome!!! Like the w/b paisley.
     
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    Very cool indeed.
     
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    Never put a tele in the dryer.
     
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    The key to end up with usable small-scale guitars that'll hold tuning is string tension. You'll have to use much bigger strings. Unfortunately, D'Addario's web app is offline right now, but google "guitar string tension" and you’ll find a few similar tools. First determine what tension you are accustomed to, say 25,5 " scale with 10-46 strings in 440, make a note of total string tension, and then enter the small guitar's scale in the tool. Then try any available balanced set's gauges until you end up with the same tension as what you got with your usual setup.

    Am I clear on this? Sounds complicated but really it isn't.
     
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    I have Hotline directly to Uncle Dan , he is the Top Jimmy of these guitars & sure will make note . Thank you
     
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    Ahhhhh ....... only play the Schecter in the dryer . WTH ?
     
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    Are these designed to be octave guitars? Or something like C standard?
     
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    It couldn't possibly be designed to be tuned to E standard. That much is a given, I'd think, just looking at it.

    I tune my Squier Mini (which is a longer scale guitar than this munchkin Tele thing) to A standard, using 7s. Would also make a good G standard or open G guitar with 8s on it.
     
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    That is VERY cool! I didn't know Stooge Mac offered these kits; I'll have to try one now that you've poked at us ;) That looks fantastic. Nice work.

    About five years ago I built a 7/8-size Tele from Warmoth parts. I shot a 2-color burst on the body, cut the heastock to a Tele shape, and gave it an appropriate name because it was sort of a 'teenage Fender' not yet grown up.

    It plays and sound great in standard tuning because the scale length is the same as a Gibson (24.75").

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    You sparked my interest. I went and checked the scale, which I hadn't until then. It is a VERY short 16.3"! So you'd have to use a 14-68 baritone set (100 lbs) to get in the ballpark of 10-46s (107) in tension. So you COULD use it that way tune to normal pitch. Not sure about the feel of such big strings on such a short neck, though.

    On 18.3" scale, a 13-56 set would yield tension just between that of a set of 8s or 9s on a Gibson neck.

    So I'd say yes, it is manageable and I sure would give it a try given a good setup.


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    All that calculating being done, this is what StewMac says :

    "This little guitar sounds great in standard tuning, but you can explore so many more tones. In standard tuning these play best with light gauge strings (.09s or lighter) due to the shorter scale. For a totally new but familiar tone, we've enjoyed tuning these to Double Drop D, A to A (like a capo at the 5th fret), and all sorts of open tunings."

    You can safely bet that 9s in standard tuning on such a short scale will end up with very floppy strings and tuning stability problems. Tension will be 38 lbs. But it can be tried!


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    This could make a very cool 4-string electric ukulele too. The scale length is in the ballpark of a tenor uke, which is 17".

    I ordered one of the kits. Looks like fun!
     
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    Lots of options as far as setup.

    We will explore different options there .

    Thanks all . I’ve got neck tinted and Lacquer and body is close to first wet sanding .
     
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