Toying with the idea of building a guitar

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  1. Bacms

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    Hi folks,

    I have been into woodworking for a few years now and have recently started toying with the idea of building a telecaster after a friend challenged me to do it.

    Trying to learn as much as I can about the process and what is required so joining to hopefully pick advice from the pros here.
     
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    Lots of people on this site build. Lots of support if you need it.

    Welcome.
     
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    Go for it, but be warned you will end up with any empty bank balance And a house bursting at the seams with guitars: It’s addictive.

    Seriously though if you build a guitar, do it for the challenge and enjoyment of the build process and the pride in playing an instrument you have built.
    Don’t do it as a cheap route to a guitar - the factories in the Far East can do it way cheaper...
     
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    find a demo yard and look for some nice old rafters/beams to use.... well seasoned and often light weight, being well dried inside the buildings...... :)

    good luck....:)
     
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    First, welcome to the party, put the beer in the fridge, 'n plug in.... but, we won't be playin' any Streisand.:p

    Now stop thinkin' about it and get to making sawdust... you aren't gonna learn much till ya do.... don't worry about how much it costs... we're men, we don't think about such nonsense.. the cost will be recouped.. as you learn more and more, you will develop a knowledge that will allow you to stop spending big bux gettin' your herd repaired 'cause you will be doing it yourself...

    as for how to do it... I hope the free stuff I have on my site helps... books-1.

    and you'll be needing this too..

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-technical/201556-fret-leveling-yer-tele-101-a.html


    Ron
     
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    Wow, I am slightly impressed but the number of replies.

    Don't worry regarding cost, I know how hobbies go, yes yes it will be a lot cheaper if I get into it. A year later I have a garage full of tools that are more expensive than buying anything that I had originally planned to save money on by doing it myself.

    I am also a bit fan of the saying, if something is worth doing, it is worth doing well so if I do it I know I will want it to look good. I have plenty of wood already although but not a lot of it is thick enough for a body blank, for necks and tops I should have enough.

    @Ronkirn thank you for the link to your page they seem very useful
     
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    Be prepared for mistakes and the fun of fixing them.

    I'm just starting my forth build. First two are very playable the third not, I still need to find out why. My forth build is a thinline tele (thing). Why make it easy?

    It's great fun and very rewarding. Enjoy.
     
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