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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by telemcCaster, Jun 5, 2010.

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  1. BillyG

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    I wouldn't try to flatten an area for a traditional Tele bridge. I'd slap a bigsby on it, throw in some Filtertrons, paint it orange and change its name to a Tele6120.
     
  2. telemcCaster

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    Thanks everyone for the encouraging comments and ideas.

    I like the Z90's of Harmonic Design! I am a big fan of Bill Frisell who had one loaded in his Tele.

    With a Bigsby I would have to run the block all the way down.

    So stay tuned. I am sure I will have some pointed questions soon.
     
  3. Bob Mc

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    hmmm...so what is your build schedule? You may be pickup ready before I am; these Z90s are literally sitting here on my desk..
     
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    TINT it orange I hope youz meenz :eek:
     
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    Bill Frisell rocks! I say go with the Harmonic Design Z90 pickups.
     
  6. telemcCaster

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    Progress

    :!: Just a bit of progress to keep things going.

    I routed a slot for the Stew Mac double acting truss rod, cutout the neck a little over sized and flush trimmed it with a template double-stickied. Fingerboard is to be determined.

    My neck needs to be set back at about a 4.5 degree angle for the geometry to work. TOM bridges are about 1/2 inch, so a straight edge place on the frets of my neck should just sit on the TOM at its lowest.

    I need to make a jig to get the angle routed and be adjustable, or at least semi-adjustable. I think I will likely use TOM bridges or similar on all the these so once I get the angle correct it should be the same set up each time.
     

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    The body gets placed on these cork padded blocks so that it sits evenly all around. the sides are at 90 degrees to the edge of the plywood. There is a registration block at the neck end to stop the body. The body gets clamped with two clamps.

    There is a pair of quartersawn white oak rails that the router rides which are spaced apart by placing the actual neck between them and clamping all three together.

    This is a variation of the Myka jig (credit to Mr Myka).

    Then the rails and neck clamp assembly can be move into place by using the centerline, neck end line drawn at 3 inches from the end of the body, by feeling if the neck and cutaway side are flush and by sighting down the neck gun barrel style.
     

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    The angle is set by placing the rails on two cross members at the fore and aft of the jig. The tail end is raised until the correct angle is measured. Once I got close I used shims of veneer, each being 0.024 inch thick.

    You can see the shims in between the boards and some shim stock sitting there.

    It appears in this photo that I am using the actual neck to adjust the angle, But I actually used a flat board sitting on the rails to do this.
     

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    A board is clamped to stop the router at the 3 inch line.

    Before I did this I clamped the rails down with some cam clamps at the front and back so they would not slide around. The double checked it again by sighting and feeling the cutaway/neck joint.

    Here are some additional photos of the jig. The second to last photo shows the shims that I add to raise the tail end.

    The last photo is important and a little confusing. The reason I shot this photo is to show that the clamped rails/neck can be slid around. And with the body fixed in place below it, it can be slid into perfect allignment.
     

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    chipbutty24 Friend of Leo's

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    This thread needs to be stickied or sumfing! Amazing work. Can wait for more updates.
     
  11. telemcCaster

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    Well I didn't get any interesting photos of me routing the pocket. I started with a 1/8 inch deep cut and lowered the bit a progressively until the rout was deep enough.

    I was shooting for about 0.6 inch pocket.

    I mocked up a fingerboard with frets by finding some strips of wood the correct thickness and placed a flat board on them to see where it would hit the TOM. Luckily it fit well, musta done somthing right. :)

    Gotta fix that binding mishap. :eek: I'll put a whole new strip on the top cutaway side.
     

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    I routed some humbucker (can I say that word here) routs, took a look and hung it up.

    Guess how much she weighs now?
     

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    4.2 LBS?
    Let me join the group that says, "I want one!"

    And ad a vote for Filtertrons and a bigsby (though a maestro style would be way too cool...)
     
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    I want one of these! When is the shipment of the first batch?
     
  15. Bill  Hullett

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    WOW!!

    WOW!!!!
    That is coming out so world class!

    Simply Amazing!!!

    Bill Hullett
     
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    I'll be another one watching this thread with great interest. For one variant, how about a Budz P90 (a fellow Michigander) in the bridge, and a Charlie Christian in the neck position?

    Dan
     
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    If its a 335 it should have buckers.
     
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    And a bigsby!!!

    And it should be RED!!!
     
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    Looks great so far by the way.
     
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    Awesome!
     
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