Thinline Tele build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. preeb

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    Thanks mgdesigns!
    September may be a good time. I'm invited to a wedding so might extend the visit to do a little "system clean up" trip.
     
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    Lamb Khabab is not just food... it's a spiritual gathering.

    Phase one:
    It starts with 2 lbs of roughly ground Rump top and 1lb of Lamb fat.
    I boil the fat and keep only the liquid oil. I let it cool down and add it to the ground Rump. 1 tea spoon of Cinnamon and 2 tea spoons of salt, Chopped onion and Parsley are added. I mix the entire thing well with my hands (a lot of oily fun!) and make the Khabab balls. They need to stay in the fridge for a couple of days for best results.

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    Phase 2:
    Driving deep in the forest to find a good spot. Once found we unpack and set up a camp (-;

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    Phase 3:
    Khabab balls are charbroiled on the grill until the outside is dark and crisp (from the oil) and the inside is pink and juicy. Fresh pita bread and Humus is optional and work very well with the Khabab (especially if warmed a little on the grill).

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    Phase 4:
    Taste and call everyone to eat as much as they can because you need to make sure they will be fed up by the time the real meat is made (-;


    Phase 5:
    Real meat. Picanha... It's my favorite. Just a little ocean salt added.
    Very serious stuff. Eat till you drop.

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    Last phase:
    Look at the world from this angle for at least a couple of hours with icy cold bear in your hand and one of the girls swinging you from side to side.

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    I see. The Picanha looks very much like a nice cut of sirloin. Now you've got me wanting steaks. Oh yeah.
     
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    Come on, Gil, April Fools day was yesterday. There's no way you, AND a Polar Bear will fit in that hammock after eating all that food! :)
     
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    I'm hungry :p
     
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    Gil, I really like the alternative method you used to bring out the flame on the tele. However, what would you do with a blue or green top? Use lighter colored flakes?
     
  7. preeb

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    Never thought of using those colors... but yes.
     
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    Love it ! Absolutely beautiful flame on that top.
     
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    That's very smart! Thank you for the info.
     
  10. preeb

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    Thanks Steve!
    I did the final clear coat and will assemble it soon.
     
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    i never tought that isreal is that green.very nice place.
     
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    Thanks for answering my question. By the way, I appreciate your dedication to tradition regarding colors. :D
     
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    Most don't...
    Some even can't spot it on the map (very tiny...) or think it's all desert and camels... LOL
     
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    i also have had talks with people who didnt think israel had computers and what not.. only sand haha.

    אחרי שאני רואה את כל העבודות המשובחות שלך.. אני חושב שכדאי לבקש.
    אני רוצה לקנות צוואר חדש לסטראט שלי. יש מצב שאתה מכין לי צוואר שמתאים לסטראט אבל עם הדסטוק של טלקסטר?
    ואם כן אז כמה זה יעלה?
    תודה רבה!
     
  15. preeb

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    Questions in languages older than 3000 years should be directed through PM's (-;
     
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    haha alright ...
     
  17. preeb

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    I got a sign this morning... this guitar will turn out great (-;

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    Lacquer is cured. time to buff it but I will not introduce it to the large buffing wheel because the film is exceptionally thin and I don't want to risk buff-throughs...
    I'm shooting for a low gloss finish to keep the antique vibe but I still want it to shine to some degree so here's how I do it.
    I'll use the old school circular buffer to have better control of the buffing and start with the coarse red compound @ 1500RPM to remove any surface imperfections

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    Once the top is perfectly smooth and even, like that

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    I place a silicone rubber on the table and flip it (the top is now very slippery and needs a grab)

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    back is done the same way

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    and the sides as well

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    At this point the guitar shines but not too much... I need to take it up just a notch to get it to that vintage patina blurry shine, so I skip the medium and fine compounds and go directly to the swirl remover. It will remove any swirls from the coarse buffing but also add the required shine that I'm looking for

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    I apply it with the buffing disk @ 2500 RPM because this material needs a little heat to do its job well. Like that

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    Time to clean the F holes from any over spray and buffing residue. Masking tape removed

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    and I carefully sand the F holes walls with a 220 grit stick

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    Body cleanup is done with a nice blurry shine (-;

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    Remember this chunk of wood? well... it's out of jail now.

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    Body assembly time. I start with the Switchcraft short toggle switch.
    First I run a curved stainless steel strip from the switch hole and out through the F hole

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    Switching harness is pulled to it's location

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    Switch nut screwed and the harness is run through the channel to the control side

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    PU attached to a heavy mild steel bridge. It's a vintage correct base but 60% heavier for the needed mass.

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    Since this build is based on a 51 Broadcaster (templates, neck shape, pu's... ) I'll use the old slotted screw set for that "old meets new" vibe (-;
    Bridge screws are waxed before installation

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    PU's installed and the leads are extracted through the lower F hole

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    Broadcaster input jack ferrule is heated and pushed in

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    Circuit is soldered (Master volume and Master tone with a 0.033MFD cap)

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    Packed tightly

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    and the pots are set in their holes

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    I tighten the pot nuts and allow the pots to swivel, forcing the wiring up and away from the F hole area

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    for a clean look so they will not be visual

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    Strap buttons installed and a pair of heavy knurled 1950 Chrome plated brass Broadcaster knobs. Done with the body for now...

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    Catalin switch tip... of course (-;

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    Neck is buffed in the same way as the body

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    Note the Early 50's contours

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    The decal was buried under the clear coat and since I make it from nitrocellulose is melted in nicely

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    Fingerboard is cleaned and soaked with hot Carnauba/bee's wax for about an hour.
    This board very 3D looking and has flames too (-;

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    When the wax is completely absorbed I wipe the excess and it's done

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    Neck attached to the body

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    with 2" NOS slotted screws and a heavy plate

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    Nut is notched

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    I cut the string slots in the 1951 V way. Like that

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    Nut is filed to height and rounded

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    I know the nut setup looks like a quick job with a couple of photos... but it's not.
    I really take my time doing it right; It affects playability a lot!

    String tree installed.
    For this guitar model I prefer to have it closer to the nut for a tighter attack.

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    Guitar is complete and sounds seriously good (-;

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    Beautiful , gorgeous , stunning !
     
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    Awesome !
     
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    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL !!! How does it sound???
     
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