The Duo - Not Really a Telecaster Build

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  1. nickhofen

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    That purple is awesome!
    What color did you use? Company,code....
     
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    Very nice guitars. And I'm guessing 4 out of 5 dentists would agree with me.
     
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  3. John Nicholas

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    Wow John, looking good. Will have to try the richlite at some point.
     
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    Did you apply nitro over the Krylon?
     
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  6. John Nicholas

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    Thank you Andre. I'm really liking Richlite and will be using it more of my builds... even though it is harder to saw fret slots and sanding in the radius.

    Yes. I sprayed Minwax Gloss clear over the Krylon. I did wait a few weeks before spraying the clear.
     
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    This is great. I love it!!
     
  8. John Nicholas

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    Between the weather (tons of rain), chores, family obligations and pure laziness, this took far, far longer than I expected.

    Unfortunately, my brother-in-laws dad passed away... so my BIL has been dealing with all the emotional fallout from that...

    But my sister has been insistent that I get it all finished up, so that her husband had something to cheer him up and possibly distract him a little bit.

    This guitar needs to be assembled!!For that you need parts and bits...

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    Got to level, re-crown and polish the frets..

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    Used some old strings to align the neck to the body and to mount the pickups so the pole pieces were directly under the strings...

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    You know... even the best laid plans can go off the rails. With the temporary strings on I held the guitar in playing position, looked down and realized I had forgotten to install side markers! So off comes the neck to add them...

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    Of course, extreme care was required as the neck was completely finished.

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    Then it was off to cut and fit a bone nut...

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    This guitar was finished up yesterday morning, while it was being worked on, my sister texted to ask how I was doing. I told her the guitar would be done shortly and she could pick it up later in the day. She headed up to pick it up.

    She was doing this on the sly with one of her girlfriends, because her husband was out on a motorcycle ride. Also had to pick up a gig bag and a guitar strap on the way up.

    Well here are photos of the finished guitar.

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    I didn't have any black string trees in my parts boxes, so a chrome one was installed. Black ones were ordered and it will be replaced when it comes in.

    Sure it's a small detail that many wouldn't notice, but it'd bug me forever.

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    My sister surprised my BIL with the guitar when he got home from his ride.

    He was so happy with the guitar!! In fact, he wouldn't put it down until my sister told him he had to in order to eat dinner.

    They both were thanking me over and over for building for them (I did charge for parts and materials) My BIL Chris was over the moon with how low the action was with no buzz! Also how easy it was to fret.

    It was strung up with a set of 10's

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    This is one happy guy!

    It was mentioned he was going to sleep with the guitar!!

    Alright... now it's time to finish up the rest of the guitars hanging in the workshop.
     
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    Sweet everything is so cool in this guitar,I like the color the grains on the the neck and the accessibility you manage to have to the lowers frets with the design of the heel.:)
     
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    That is fantastic!! Your BIL is a lucky man.
     
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    It is stunning. Well done John!
     
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    Very nice axe and a good deed on top of it!!!
     
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    Great work!!! Top shelf!!!!

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    Now that the weather is warmer, there's been time to work in the shop.

    Next up, the Hickory body Duo. This one has a flame maple neck with an awesome oak fretboard (courtesy of Helmut) finished with water thin CA.

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    The body is finished with Crimson finishing oil. I must have done something wrong as it's a bit tacky... any suggestions for eliminating that tacky finish??
     
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    Here is the next one... Ash one piece body with a black binding. This one will have all black hardware and StewMac pickups.

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    More to come on this one.
     
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    John, the Hickory is beautiful. My favorite wood for furniture. Never used it on a guitar. How heavy is it?
     
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    Hey Andre,

    Yes it is both beautiful and a bit on the heavy side.... I have not weighed it, but it "feels" heavy. I will put it on the scale when I get home later.
     
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    Oh, John that Ash one looks amazing and slightly familiar. Killer job!
     
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    I really, really like this design. That purple one is da bomb, too. :)
     
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