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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by LowNote, May 25, 2014.

  1. LowNote

    LowNote Tele-Meister

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    So, today was tool maintenance day. New belt for the table saw, brushes for the router, and sand paper on the thickness sander. Had to test the tools to see if everything worked properly. I cut some sapele glued up for a body. Sanded some maple for a top and sanded a neck blank I had sitting around. Now, I have to finish the. guitar:D It will be another Tele. Not if it will be a thin line or solid body and pick ups are undecided.

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  2. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    The nice thing about building, when you are done, you have something you can hold in your hands.
     
  3. bob1234

    bob1234 Tele-Afflicted

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    Sapelle is my new favorite wood. Its not super fancy, but it has unreal chatoyance and sounds great too. Ill be making a sapelle strat at some point...

    That said, that top looks delicious and well bookmatched. Should be tasty!
     
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    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That is an especially pretty figured slab you glued up, bob.
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    The nice thing about building, when you are done, . . . there's always more wood....

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  6. LowNote

    LowNote Tele-Meister

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    The funny thing about this build is that I had no intention of starting this build. I have three others going and now this one. Oh well.:lol:

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  7. Wheelie

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    So LowNote,
    I gotta ask. What's the crazy contraption with the belt coming up out of the table saw?

    Oh, and fear not, the addiction gets worse.

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    ...and the more tools you get, the more you want to learn.

    Having built a handful of Partscasters, and kit-builds for friends, I'm looking to cut and rout my next body from scratch.

    ...maybe a thinline / chambered affair with some binding - or cut a 'lip' in the body to allow the top to fit flush...

    Hmm...
     
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  10. LowNote

    LowNote Tele-Meister

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    That crazy contraption is a thickness sander driven by the table saw.

    So, what do you guys think thin line or solid body?

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  11. Wheelie

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    That's cool, never saw that before. Good call GB.

    Well since I'm building a violin right now (first for me), I'm going to vote Thinline so you can have f-hole fun too. Extra credit if you bind the top and f-hole.

    Steve
     
  12. Mightyaxeman

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    This pic just popped up in another thread. Maybe some thinline inspiration.



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  13. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    ItchyFingers Tele-Afflicted

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    Absolutely amazing. As usual, I learned a ton reading these posts.
    I could never do that kind of finishing in a million years. Thanks for sharing Ron, big time.
     
  16. LowNote

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    So, I have decided to go chambered with "F" hole. The pickups will humbuckers. I noticed that the kits come in different sizes, 49.2, 50, 52mm. How do I know what size to get and what do the numbers represent?

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    jimdkc Friend of Leo's

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    That's pickup pole spacing, center-to-center from the 1st to the 6th pole. Ideally, it should line up with your string spacing. It it critical? Not really! As long as the string is within the magnetic field.

    Gibson traditionally used 49mm for both bridge and neck pickups.

    Fender guitars have wider string spacing at the bridge, so they made bridge pickups with 52mm spacing. (Commonly called F-spacing).

    Most guitars manufactured today have 50mm neck and 52mm bridge pole spacing.
     
  18. LowNote

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    Gotcha...thanks
     
  19. LowNote

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    Ok, so it's been a while. Got side tracked by life. Back to the build. The Body is chambered, top glued on, and back glued on.
    [​IMG]

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  20. LowNote

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    Merry Christmas All!

    It's been awhile that I could get to work on the guitar. The electronics will be standard Tele single coils that I will make. I also started another one. This one is going to have a Sapele body and a Merlot wine crate top. I'm calling it "The MerlotCaster". It will have two humbuckers.
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