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Wheelie's 2012 Challange Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by Wheelie, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Wheelie

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    I'm sure every one knows how to install side dots. Here's my plywood jig to hold the board steady and square to the drill bit. Keeps the holes in good alignment along the length of the board.
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    Here's an action shot of the dots going in, sans action.
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    That's all for today. Tomorrow is truss rod and fretboard glue up day! It's about time. Which brings up another question.

    Has anyone (or Anyone) played a trapezoidal neck?
     
  2. anyone

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    I suppose it depends on the shape of the trapezoid...
    I have an Ibanez with a super thin D shape that could be considered kind of trapezoidal...

    I generally prefer a chunky C shape because I like some shoulder. But I bet you could shape a trap to kind of a cross between a V and a D... which could be comfy if it's got enough shoulder on it.

    Have I already said what a brilliant concept this build is?

    Cheers!
    Chris
     
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    Great idea with the drill index :D. It's tricks like that that make this challenge so valuable.
     
  4. Wheelie

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    You are so correct there Roger. I wasn't going to post too much stuff like that but realized how helpful those types of tips have been to me.

    Chris,

    I remember reading Rick Toone's take on the trap neck. His experience was it only worked on thick necks with a narrow nut. This will be 1 11/16" wide and 1" thick so I think it fits the bill. I think the shape would work so well visually with this guitar but am concerned about it becoming a wall hanger.

    Steve
     
  5. Wheelie

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    Did the truss rod this morning. It's a spoke nut hot rod from Stew Mac.
    I use a routing frame that holds the router straight and has stops with center lines marked so I can't really screw this up.
    2012 CTele 001.jpg
    After routing the main channel you have to do a bit more to fit the nut in.
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    Here's the next cut. I forgot to take pics of the rest of the routing.
     

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    Then I did the access hole in the fret board. Pics explain it pretty well. The Ipe is fairly chippy so I soaked the area with thin CA before starting.
     

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    Shims to hold the rod tight in the channel (I didn't purchase the special 7/32" router bit). Glue and clamps on the super flat piece o' steel.
     

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    I take some extra care with my fret board radiusing to ensure a really true surface. It's only 1 or 2 more steps and makes a big difference in my opinion.
    First I adjust the truss rod and level the board on my flat steel with 100 grit sandpaper attached.
    Then I do the radius.
    2012 CTele 020.jpg

    Next I recut the slots as I cut them fairly shallow to begin with.
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    Now I re-level the board following the radius. I the second pic you can see the low spot on the bass side indicated by the marks the depth guide on the saw left behind.
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    After that I double check the fret slot depth and then complete sanding with the radius block thru 220 grit. Maybe one day I'll build one of those fancy router jigs but I doubt I'll trust it and continue with the double checks on the leveling beam.
     
  9. Wheelie

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    Time for bad Optomitrist humor

    Is lens one better?
    2012 CTele 026.jpg

    Or lens 2?
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  10. RogerC

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    :lol: I used to work in an ophthalmologist office, so I find that especially humorous :lol:

    And I like 2 better...
     
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    Well, there ya go. It does look really interesting. You could always make a few profiles out of scrap for an intensive session of air guitar and see how it feels. Maybe some asymmetric-type blend with more meat on the bass end... I dunno... I do a lot of thumb wrapping... I doubt this will become a wall hanger.

    That's brilliant how you did the truss rod adjustment. I like how it blends into the neck rather than intruding on it.

    Also, lens 2. Definitely.

    Cheers!
     
  12. Wheelie

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    A better photo of the plate and one of it's new friends.
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    2012 CTele 011.jpg
     
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    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/291159-skelecaster-shorthorn.html#post3573255

    Hi Wheelie .......re the trapezoidal neck, above is the link to the Skelecaster Shorthorn I built several bins of sawdust ago. This unit was inspired by the magical designs of Rick Toone and works well, feels comfortable and I think is a viable method of shaping a neck and I'll probably do another one day. The Skelecaster abides in Cairns Far North Queensland with a good muso friend of mine who loves it. It takes a few plays to get used to the different feel but I think it gives more ability to reach over the width of the fretboard.. Try it you'll like it!

    DC
     
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    Cool build, love the knobs!
     
  16. Wheelie

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    Thanks Chris,
    This is the first time I've used this style rod. I never did like the way most builders just cut out a notch for the access.


    Thank you Niall.

    Thanks for the link Dave. Cool guitar you built there.

    Thanks Zatar.
     
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    Started carving, man is this stuff hard. Even my super fancy hand stitched rasp had troubles.
    2012 CTele 003.jpg
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    I finished carving and glued up the top layer but discovered that if you don't charge the camera it won't take pictures.
     
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    Very nice work here. Gonna be a real looker
     
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    So... Ironwood isn't just a clever nickname, eh?
    You know you're gonna have to play 'Ironman" for your soundclip.

    (I'm really hoping I remember correctly about Ipe right about now...)

    Cheers!
     
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    In order to calm your fear of this becoming a "wall hanger", I will graciously allow you to
    ship it to me and I will guarantee it gets played, "..in front of a live audience", weekly.

    No, no,no....no need to thank me. It's all part of my "Giving Back 2012" campaign.
     
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