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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.
Thanks Roger. I think I posted one earlier but here it is again.
Makin' progress. I've set other stuff aside while I try to figure this out.
THAT is some tasty looking tort!
I got some reclaimed 100-year-old wormy chestnut that is set to become a Mustang Bass. I pulled it from an old shed/barn in Arkansas:
You sure know how to make a man jealous.
I usually cringe when anyone tries to do a stylised version of the strat body shape, cos I kind of feel like there isn't any room for improvement, anything else ends up looking like a wonky rip off.
But I'm really rather taken by what you've done here. I like it!
(I'll probably do a wonky rip off of it.....)
A Greek six string Bouzouki, had a broken headstock, glue it paint it finish it and scrub the binding.
I will give it back to the owner next week.
I'm desperately waiting for the humidity to get under 60% so I can keep adding coats of lacquer to a tele body.
I would like to start working on making knobs, pickup rings, and a control plate out of wood tomorrow, but I have no idea if the grain of the dowel rod would hold up to so much abuse I'm going to throw at it. Trying not to split the damned thing. I suspect a pickguard-less tele, with wooden rings, and plate would look pretty good provided I follow the same grain filler-stain-lacquer steps I did with the body.
After almost five years in Ghana, I decided to take a bigger step and buy some wood for the next country. We've been appointed to Istanbul (I can find screws and stuff there, yay!) and I'll be setting up the workshop completely anew.
In the following weeks I'll be getting mahogany and limba for bodies, odum as tops, walnut neck blanks, red ironwood for fretboards and some minor funky stuff for about 40 guitars.
A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!
But do tell me if it pains you to see
If I had that body, I would use unstainable wood putty and fill those tiny worm holes, then grain fill it over entirely. I bet with the right reddish stain, a wood putty contrast would be nice.
People pay ridiculous amounts of money for wormy chestnut.
I would leave the holes alone.
Wow, that's awesome! Thank you barbrainy. This is the first guitar I have drawn. It's hard to better the Strat and I completely agree with what you said about cringing. I traced out my Tele then started modifying it. Brought the lower horn back toward the body to open up some room (kinda feels PRS to me). The Tele always felt cramped in there to me (although I love them, don't get me wrong). Then drew the upper horn to extend out to about the 12 fret for that perfect hang(maybe a little Rickenbacker got in there?) . Even though it ended up looking like a modified Strat it's really a modified Tele. I could not imagine starting with the Strat outline, everything I drew would make me cringe! thank you again for your support of the design. The ergonomics are absolutely perfect. I can't wait to play one. The other two are routed for P90's. They will all have half Tele bridges that I'll make out if 18g or 16g cold rolled steel.
Ah! I didn't read prior posts properly, I just assumed it was a modified strat!
Regardless, it's excellent. I'm almost certainly going to steal the shape. But I didn't just tell you that, ok?
I'd agree there's a touch of a Rick in that there horn. A nice touch of Rick.
I would be flattered and it would be a huge honor if you built a guitar inspired by my design! Thank you again for the positive vibes and praises, it truly means a lot to me.
Mark the guitar is awesome something between a strat and a Rickenbacker, a very nice looking axe buddy.
Thank you Nick! Your vacation looked awesome! I would have been upset without seeing the dragon at the castle as well. (-;
The opposite for me!!! haha.
It's bad enough dealing with the bears that live around here.
A dragon is the last thing I need.
I got it for free, but I'm with you on keeping the holes as holes. I want to do as little as possible to it, probably just a few coats of danish oil.
Mm, yes! danish oil is great.