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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by telemcCaster, Jun 5, 2010.
Nice guess, but.....buzzzzzzzzzzzz...sorry too high.
Thanks for the compliments everyone.
Yeah, telemcCaster, this one rocks! Your work is fabulous. I can't wait to see the end product. Rock on.
Wow!! You're good. Please keep posting your progress.
2.8 lbs??? I vote trans red or blue with Bare Knuckle humbuckers.
Very original and first rate.
I prefer working with sharp hand tools. Routers and power tools are nerve wracking. For most every operation shown there is a power tool involved but often I reach for one of the many hand tools.
So I got a chance to fix a binding blowout last night and did some finishing work at the neck end.
She weighs 3 pounds 7 oz. Don't know if that is good or bad. Gotta see how the thing balances.
I will have to look into Budz pickups. I briefly looked at his website and didn't see any buckers. Those Barenuckles sound great.
Thanks again everyone for the inspiring comments.
Okay, I took the neck and body back to my colleague Tim to have him sign off on the neck joint and I asked him about the controls and pups. He said, "why not post it on the forum"? "Good idea" I said!
There is no correct answer obviously, but what switch config do you prefer? And why.
I personally like the bottom left configuration but I'd also like to see a mock-up of the 3-Way switch on the upper bout (ala Gretch and Les Paul).
The controls ought to go in a straight line parallel to the strings - it suits the Tele body shape. The arrangements in the picture look a little accidental.
Thanks for the useful feedback.
Hmmm, I will have to do some straight line mock ups.
Hide these under the pickguard!
Just a suggestion - you're probably not going to do a pickguard. BTW - why isn't this in the Home Depot, and why doesn't it have five stars?
Suite it looks wise, or function wise?? An old Hamer Tele body I got a while back is angled and is quite good IMO ergo wise, for me anyway...
Oh wow. What beautiful workmanship. I strongly vote for the standard cherry red. Please, please, please make it cherry red.
When I make the "jazz" version with a laminated spruce top it will get that treatment. Thanks.
Ergonomics is something that Tim and I have discussed. It seems that a lot of players hit the standard tele switch when playing, although I doubt Merle does. So we discussed putting them in different spots. Fretting with the pick hand can knock or bump the Les Paul switch in the upper bout. I don't like reaching too far back for the switching.
Age old discussion, but thanks for the replies.
And Larry one will get a cherry finish but this one is getting a b u r s t
Come on, man, I want to see an update!
I don't know how I missed this thread earlier. Great stuff and cool idea! Can't wait to see the next update myself.
Well, Tim is assembling the guitar and then will burst it. So we wait.
In the mean time I started another body and have it about half done. But those photos would be redundant so I wont show it.
I did start to think about making some necks to a mix of old 50's no-rod specs and 70's capped style. My own style, I guess.
So I got out some of my stash of old (I mean old) maple. Reclaimed from an old school built in the early 1900's in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from primary growth maple. This board was from the paneling and is over 1 inch thick hard maple.
You can see the plaster on the back of the board. It is rather plane maple but the beauty is in its structure and grain count. Look at the (blurry) end grain and count the rings.