thinking 'bout kwik-n-dirty cabronita clone build

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  1. capt pearl

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    titles says it all, am currently furloughed right now (like the rest of the planet) but open to any kwik-n-dirty cabronita clone build suggestions. I've rebuilt an old silvertone and done basic p'up swaps, have basic tools incl soldering iron, but just wanna throw together a Po Man's rat rod Cab!
    thx me droogs!
     
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  3. RickyRicardo

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    This one wasn't quick and dirty and may be a little more than what you want to build but it's fairly faithful electronics wise. If you need any help let me know.

    - Alder body
    - Spalted maple top
    - Flame maple neck
    - Filtertrons that I wound
    - S1 on the volume knob
    - A few wonky frets.....

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  4. capt pearl

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    ummmm, wowzer!
     
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    Show us what materials you’ve got capt pearl, and I’m sure you’ll get LOTS of handy advice in here!
     
  6. capt pearl

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    Ummm, I may have misrepresented my skills and patience as well as my plan. Was thinking more along lines of "what's the cheapest 2 hum pup Tele that'll hold some knock off retrotrons?" Heh!
     
  7. RickyRicardo

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    Whatcha got for power tools?
     
  8. capt pearl

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    Drill, circular saw, & reciprocal saw. Like I said, was actually thinking more repurposed Cabronita then "from scratch". Heh!
    But am humbled by the support!
     
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    Do an Esquire Cabronita, something similar to what I did here I found works great. You'll only use one pickup (which frees up the other one to build a second guitar!).

    Bridge 16kohm humbucker is rewired (I took it apart so I could convert from a two wire to a four wire humbucker), the pickup is set low and the screw poles raised for more tone separation between the 'neck' and 'bridge' sides. Then I run the two bobbins into a regular 4-way switch for 'neck'/parallel/'bridge'/humbucker. I can fake a Tele, a Strat, and cover the LP all in this one guitar.


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    I mean this one was made by a Po man and is a complete dirt bag.

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    GFS discount paulownia body, hardware store stain and satin wipe-on polyurethane. Neck is another GFS clearance item, one piece maple, had poly glop only on the fretboard, stripped that with a razor blade and the same satin wipe-on poly for the neck. Hardtail bridge from someone on Squier-Talk, drilled the body for string through. Pickups are GFS Dream90 and push-pull on the tone pot for series/parallel. Wilkinson vintage tuners.

    Full of growl, light as a dream, nothing hidden, no pretenses at all.

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    Do you have strong preferences on the neck? Are you sourcing the body and neck separately?

    Another thing that might be worth considering...do you have any interest in learning the wood finishing aspects to guitar assembling/building? I was recently going through a similar decision making process with a thinline partscaster. I decided to go with an unfinished body because I found a good deal at Supra-Tone...but I am looking forward to learning how to finish this thing.

    Someone once told me, "Some people enjoy driving the car much more than being the mechanic" in regards to building a guitar. Now is a good time to get an accurate account of how much work you really want to put into it. If you are like me though, you might have a heckuva lot of free time on your hands right now for said project.
     
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    Instead of a tone knob, do the S1 switch!
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    That's the diagram I used for the one I built. If you go that route make sure you have enough room around it when you solder. It can be a little tight.
     
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    I think somehow that the original cabronitas have never been surpassed. 1 powertron, fender 6 saddle bridge, perl button tuners, maple neck...

    Kind of beat up. I think much beyond that, is lipstick on a pig.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/julrouch/6323610266

    now I want one too....I have a powertron in the parts box too...


    ugh...
     
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    Nice one man. Right up my alley. I’m really hankering to do one of these, but it will have to be with mini humbuckers.

    Love it!
     
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    To my Brothers and Sisters of the Order of the Tele - my many Thanks for all the awesome suggestions and insights. When I finally get my Guit the way I want it you'll be the first to know!
     
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    In case you get stuck with a HB routed body you can get a HB ring that fits a Filtertron from TV Jones, Sweetwater and others have the ring for $6.
    Also, real Gretch filtertrons sell for like $40 used because the TV Jones version is 10% better and we all need that extra 10% unless we're on a low budget.
     
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