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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.
Yeah, but you only get good tone with the high grade stuff.
I got the walnut kit just a few months back. My plan is to copy the pieces by making templates and then building it. A good friend wants to build one too. Rather than buying the kit we'll try to replicate it.
I'm hearing the video Dan Erlwin did for making the Ukes is pretty good, but haven't watched it yet.
Good luck John looking forward to your progress.
And now the conclusion:
The wood came off the planer in pretty good shape and I didn't get too much shop rash. I sanded to 220 on the orbital and touched up a few spots by hand up to 320.
I kept it simple with three coats of natural Watco Danish Oil, open grain. Once the oil hardens, cures, whatever oil does, I may hit it with some wipe-on poly.
Walnut sure is pretty.
I didn't color correct these photos off the good camera. The piece isn't quite so red/orange in real life.
I have some leftovers from my leftovers project. Can't tell if it will be speaker stands or...
...who am I kidding, that's a guitar in there! Body blank is barely over 1-1/4 thick, so it may be some kind of SG/DC Jr hybrid. Neck is a full 8/4.
Happy Father's Day to you TDPRI Home Depot dads. The squab and I are going to crank it up loud this weekend and hope you do the same.
The Watco cures since it's an oil/varnish mixture...that's a beautiful soft, silky finish look on that walnut! Nice!
Deluxe gets a new nut, Vibrochamp gets a fuse holder. Buddy loaned them to a kid and he broke the corner off the nut somehow and the fuse holder is brittle so the top came off when he was putting cables in the back and when i removed the 6v6 the centering pin fell off. don’t know when that broke but this thing has had a hard life.
Jake, I'd love to hear that combination when you get them all back together!
It’s ready to wet sand & polish.... now I need to decide which pickguard
You are far more ambitious than I am... not sure I will build another after this one...
As for the videos, I started watching them a few days ago. They are really helpful.
Yep. Definitely tort.
I just finished a test rig for pre-amps.
Some small 5 or so inches drivers from an old Sony speaker, mounted on a flat surface.
That holds for a while. On the right, a class D amp which has a volume pot and that's it. Very good, very simple. On the left, a little holder for the test circuits.
The holder with a prototyping board in it, and a jack for the guitar, plus outputs to the amp.
To see if all works, a simple buffer (BF245B FET) powered by an old laptop power supply. And it sounds!
This may or may not end up as an amp some day. If it does, I'll let you know.
I put this partscaster together awhile back, but these pickups sound so much better in another body that I have. Decided that this one needs 3 P90's. Just have to cut the pickguard, get a 5-way switch and finish mounting the pickups.
A Deluxe Micro head unit, schemed up by RobRob.
Brief build thread ongoing over in DIY amps, if you wanna see how it ends, which very well could be badly....
The hard part is yet to come... seems kinda like trying to wire up a DPP 335 after the top is already on, with no access cavity.
I got some progress on the 'dad-present' guitar. Unfortunately I didn't make it before fathers day. Since my last post I finished the body and neck with home mixed danish oil.
Today I made the back plate. To rough up the hardware, I sanded it, torched it and put it in oil.
When I tried the tuning knobs, I encountered a little surprise. Apperantly those are made of aluminum...
Nice zombie knobs!
Been snailing along on this one for some time between other guitar work. I was hoping to finish it this week but having to close up shop for until August to go out of town.
Walnut top an neck, Ambrosia maple body, curly maple fretboard. It is chambered like a thinline to keep the maple and walnut weight tolerable. Magnetic rear cover.
Why you don't build it with him?
It would be great to do that but we don't live close by... about a 3 hour drive with all the traffic...
By which I can only assume you mean “fun and easy!”