Thinline Tele build

preeb

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Gil, your builds are always spectacular. Thank you for sharing with us.

Melomanarock, thanks for giving this thread a bump. I'm getting close to putting a finish on this thinline of my own:

I was hoping for a similar color. So I think I will experiment with Gil's magic formula.

BTW Gil, when you list 15% linseed oil. Is Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) the same product? Or are you using raw linseed oil or something else?

Boiled. You can also wipe the oil over the wood and spray the Shallac after it dries.
 

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Didnt follow this while the challenge was on. Once again amazing work and a stunning finish.

I was looking for a next project and this has inspired me to do a thinline.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheerd
 

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Only a little progress on the Thinline today...

I have two designs for that model, one has modern set of tapered round holes for F holes and the other is the classic Thinline F holes. I'll be using the F holes for this build.

Chambering template is set over the body

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This will be the outline of the chambers

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Cleaning with a forstner bit

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like that. Both the top and the back are relatively thin compared to a Fender Thinline @ 3/16". It sounds much more acoustically louder.

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Routed to correct depth

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Template removed and I check for any hairline cracks or warping of the body. It's perfect.

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Weight of the chambered back is 1kg (2.2lbs)

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Top is roughly thicknessed to a little over 3/16"

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F holes and top outline template

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I draw the outlines and examine the aesthetics of the flames etc...

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Quick run on the router table with a 1/4" straight bit

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F holes are done and look clean

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I now cut the outer top outline about 1/8" larger

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The F holes are large enough to allow the harness to be installed through it. I do not cut any cavity holes in this design in order to keep the tone at it's best and to not disturb the back from vibrating against the top.

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Weight with the top is 1.25kg (2.75lbs)

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Before gluing the top I set it on top of the body and verify that both sides of the body have the same resonance quality. This is one of the reasons to use a book matched top.
It's almost identical. Remember that the lower chamber is a bit smaller.

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I mark my name and date so they will be visible through the top F hole.

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The body is left to acclimate for 24 hours to make sure it doesn't warp.

Hey Gil, I realize I'm about 10 years late to ask, but I've followed a lot of your build threads over the years. My question is, with the top at about 3/16 inch thick, do you feel the need to thin the top at all in the area of the F holes - just for cosmetic purposes? thanks very much, Bill
 




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