This build started almost 10 yrs ago

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by rcflyer23, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. rcflyer23

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    I started this build almost 10yrs ago. I got the body built and then convinced myself I couldn't route everything successfully, so it sat in my garage and came with us during a move and sat in another garage. I finally decided with all the pandemic stuff going on that I was going to make this the year I finished it. It's technically my first soon to be completed build. I have just a few more routing jobs to finish up and then it will be ready for finishing which I still haven't decided what I want to do on that yet.

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    It looks beautiful!
     
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    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    Wowser! That’s a good looking machine. What are the woods used, and a back shot would be nice?
     
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    Thanks, I appreciate it. Sorry for the gigantic images, I'm trying to fix that. Anyway here is a back shot

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  5. rcflyer23

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    The top is Spalted Maple, the main body is maple and walnut.
     
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    Very nice...the only problem I see with it is that it is not left handed. :)
     
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    The Spaltcaster! That's really pretty wood.
     
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    That's beautiful. Almost 3D. What color are you going with?
     
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    I honestly don't know right now I was thinking of doing a black and tan with a natural binding but, I'm not sure.
     
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    very pretty and kudos for getting things underway again..
    here's a crippled old guy question: how much does she weigh?
     
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    Thanks, I have not weighed it yet but she is not light. I'm hoping that the electronics cavity is going to help lighten things up. My guess is between 7 - 9lbs. I'll try and get weight after I route the electronics cavity.
     
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  12. Jim_in_PA

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    The spalted top is wonderful!
     
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    Nice build. What's up with the offset neck heel? More upper fret access before your thumb bottoms out?
     
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    Mmmm.... spalted Maple - thought it was. The back looks good. Black binding would certainly look good on the front of that. Given the back is different, I would look at maybe a belly carve, and a nice round over.

    Either way, it’s gonna be beautiful.
     
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    Would look excellent in a subtle translucent gray with a black burst ring IMO.
     
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    It's never too late for nice work ! ;)

    For the finishing, I would personally stay natural color :cool::cool::cool:, for example oiled wood...

    But it's me, OK ? :D

    -tbln !
     
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    wonderful work very tasteful . very well done. That's a beautiful piece of spalted maple. great work!
     
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    I have definitely been considering the belly carve for sure. Hadn’t thought about the black binding
     
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    That’s not a bad idea either I’ll have to pull my scrap and try some different colors.
     
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    had a chance to 3D Print some pickup rings. There are a bunch out there already but I designed and printed these to get more comfortable with Fusion 360 and also had a chance to start routing my electronics cavity which I made custom 3D Printed templates for, is a little larger than the standard Tele cutout I have big hands and I like full size pots so needed a smidge more room. I'm going to use that figured Walnut for the cover. Debating on if I should make the knobs from it as well.


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