Thinline Tele build

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beautiful!! i love that brazilian RW. i've gotten a couple of necks in the US with some heavily figured brw and malagasy rw but yours takes the cake! ;)
 

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At last, a good weather for finishing...
I can't use the lazy dolly for the entire finishing process because there's no room for the nails on the front, so I use a stick.
First coat is a misty thinned sanding sealer. This will ensure better adhesion of the following two coats.

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10 minutes later I follow with an additional Nitro sanding sealer coat on the back and sides (mostly sides).

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and another wet coat on the back. The grain and flames really pop out nicely.

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Before I set it to dry for 24 hours I check it against the light to make sure there are no sinked pores anywhere. It's fine.

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I've been using Okoume for my first two builds. I bought it because it was cheap cheap cheap and kind of resembled mahogany. I wasn't sure of it was going to be good enough for a guitar but now that you're using it, I'm excited! Especially seeing lacquer on it, that's exactly how my grain pattern looks. Awesome.
 

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I've been using Okoume for my first two builds. I bought it because it was cheap cheap cheap and kind of resembled mahogany. I wasn't sure of it was going to be good enough for a guitar but now that you're using it, I'm excited! Especially seeing lacquer on it, that's exactly how my grain pattern looks. Awesome.

Photos?
 

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I try to find out what kind of wood is okoume. I can not find it in dictonaries.
In German?in spanish?:(
 

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I got it from a local place here in Kansas City MO. 8/4 but only 7" wide so 2-piece bodies.

dry
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with Naptha
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Stormy again... no Nitro, so I made some Tele pu's today including a set for this guitar.
This time I went for the beefy warm early Broadcaster tone and this set will have all the early features typical to that magical period.

Bobbins are assembled from black fiber flat work and sand cast Alnico 3 (or AlNi in this case) magnets with a large 0.197" diameter for the bridge pu

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and Alnico 5 for the neck pu.

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Magnets were driven from the top on the neck pu bobbin and from the bottom on the bridge bobbin

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Dipped in Nitro lacquer for a few seconds

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and left to dry for about an hour

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Bridge pu is scatter wound with AWG43 magnet wire

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at about 2500 rpm

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I stop at 9200 cycles

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and wrap it with cotton wire

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Neck pu is wound with the same AWG43 wire but only with about 8350 wounds

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The neck pu gets a Nitro Lacquer bath to lock the wire and add additional isolation to the magnet tops

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Once the bubbles stop I take it out and let it dry

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Heavy chromed cover.

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is attached and the legs are pressed to hold the pu tightly. I check that there's no contact between the cover and the magnets by using a multimeter between the cover and each magnet. Any contact is a tone killer!

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Ground lead inserted and soldered to the shielding cover.

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positive lead inserted and the neck pu is complete.

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Bridge pu lead wires inserted

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Dark paraffin/wax pot heated to 70°. anything above that will melt the lacquer off the bobbin.

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Bridge PU's are potted

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That's how it looks after potting... like it should (-;

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Magnet bottoms are masked to prevent any contact with the elevator plate. I'll be using a period correct Zinc plated plate (not the later copper).

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Ground wire is bridged to the plate and the screws are tightened hard while the plate is still hot to melt the wax and get a void free contact between the plate and the bobbin.

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PU's are complete.

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It's from Metro Hardwoods in Independence Missouri. It's been in stock about every other time I've been there for $5.36/bf. I definitely want more!

You're lucky. It's a great tonewood and machines very nicely too.
How light was the lumber you got from Metro?
 

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I am so impressed with your work Gil! How many guitars have you built up to now?How did you learn to do this so well? Just wondering how long it will take for me to get close to the quality of your work.....I think I have a LOT more unstruments to make!!!
 

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You're lucky. It's a great tonewood and machines very nicely too.
How light was the lumber you got from Metro?

It was VERY light! Comparable to a Spanish Cedar plank that they had. I'll weigh the body later.
Glad to hear that it's a good tonewood, I couldn't find any info on that. It's been easy to work with except I have to be extra careful about dents! I've had two so far but they steamed right out.

Great build, excellent patch! Sorry to bother.
 
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I am so impressed with your work Gil! How many guitars have you built up to now?How did you learn to do this so well? Just wondering how long it will take for me to get close to the quality of your work.....I think I have a LOT more unstruments to make!!!

Thank you G-log.
The lurning curve is long and never really ends... but it doesn't take much to build a good guitar. I wish there were forums such as this one when I started building...
This pool may look deeper than it actually is... once you jump in things fall into place rapidly.
 




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