The Smokey Caster

Discussion in '2013 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by Jdelys, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Jdelys

    Jdelys Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Here's the boring update! Finish is drying.

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    The finish is still a little soft but should be ready for wet sanding tonight.
     
  2. Captain Nutslot

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    love that flame maple, you did great with it!
     
  3. flatfive

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    Nice work! Tons of nice details. I like the headstock design
    and the body carve at the neck heel.
     
  4. Mojotron

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    Ya - that is beautiful!!
     
  5. Jdelys

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    Thanks guys. Here is a close-up of the heal.

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    The guitar has now been wet sanded and is almost ready for assembly. Still need to make a pick guard but that is easy and fast.

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    This is the first time I've ever put a logo on a guitar. I've said it before... building is easy for me compared to the creative stuff. I like this logo enough to brave putting it out for all to see.

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  6. Jdelys

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    Last bit of build before assembly.

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    It's Anigree veneer and is being used for the pick guard. Three sheets are being glued up in opposing grain direction using glue specific to veneering. This glue is not suppose to creep over time. I've done pick guards like this before and they are very stiff with minimal warping.

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    Lookin' very good Jeff! I like the transition between body and neck, wow!
     
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    Ok, so I was hooked here.




    And then BAM!!

    Are you going to sand off and then finish with lacquer or will you leave it all black? Either way, it's going to be flippin' awesome!
     
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    ^Totally agree!
     
  10. Jdelys

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    Anigree doesn't give the same effect of light-dark with sanding back that lighter colored material does. I'm leaving it the same dark color but the curl and grain pattern still show quit nice. I tried several plastic pick guards and couldn't find one I liked near as well as this.
     
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    A class touch. Very pretty!
     
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    I love that flamed top. That looks great!!
     
  13. Jdelys

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    I know I'm jumping the gun here but am posting my youtube video now. I'll post final build pics still, just really unsure about how to do the video thing. Never have done a Youtube post before and don't want to have problems figuring it out tomorrow morning.

     
  14. Jdelys

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    Back to finishing....

    I like'em fully shielded. Supposedly the adhesive on the tape is electrically conductive but I joint all seems with a few solder points anyway. It helps keep everything in place.

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    The control plate wired up. Traditional three-way switch wiring. I remove paint from control plate where electronics are mounted. Not shown in the picture, but also from where the plate contacts the copper shielding. Did the same thing to the bridge plate.

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    I didn't take any more pictures of assembly. Nothing too special about the rest of it anyway - pretty standard stuff.
     
  15. oldrebel

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    Sounds as good as it looks!! Great job.
     
  16. Jdelys

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    Here's the glamour shots. Thanks to my wife Jeri!

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  17. bob1234

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    That thing is a beauty. Well done!
     
  18. ItZaLLGooD

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    Love the last set of pictures. Beautiful shots. Great work
     
  19. RickyRicardo

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    Beautiful..
     
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    Outstanding! Love this guitar! Sounds nice too! Your wife did a nice job with the pics! Congrats!
     
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