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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. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

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    :oops: Hey have you been playing one of mine? I agree though, after seeing that I no longer like the way I've done it. I wish I would have seen this before doing a headstock access on my 1 piece build. This would have been a really cool feature. Great job, cool guitar
     
  2. newtherapist

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    That's really looking gorgeously stylish. Love the body design and the choice of contrasting woods. Kudos to you for a very confident but contained design and meticulous execution.
     
  3. Wheelie

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    Thanks Dilbone.

    Yep, Ironwood for sure. Interesting Ironwood factoid(o.k. perhaps only mildy interesting) , there is no botanical "Ironwood". It's a name given by the people of a region to the desnest wood that grows there. Ironwoods generally have a density greater than 1 (the density of water) and will sink when placed in water. A friend and I tested it out the other day. The water is murky (the slurry from sharpening with a water stone) but that is a chunk of wood down there.
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    And that's what makes this forum such a great place. The selflessness of the membership is astounding.:lol:

    Oops :oops: I'm glad I could help rid the world of one more notch.

    Thank you Newtherapist, and the other members who like the design of this build. The mechanics of building come quite easily to me but I have to work hard on aesthetics.
     
  4. Wheelie

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    Here are a couple of picks of the finished carve. Iv'e got to fine tune the heel transitions, I stopped them a bit short.
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    Today I drilled out the hole for the output jack.
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    Then I used one of these way cool self centering pilot bits.
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    To get this attached.
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  5. Wheelie

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    Then I routed the control cavity.
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    Hey, you're not supposed to be able to see through there.
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    Here is some of that meticulous execution newtherapist was telling you guys about.
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    Slight miscalculation there. I should have 3/16" wall thichness alll the way around the cavity. I used T. Downs blueprint to make the part and never checked my routing template to the drawing. The template cavity is 1/8" wider and 1/16" further from center than Mr. Downs plans. The template will pay dearly for its insolance.
     
  6. Barncaster

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    Yes, I know this word mEtiKulUs.
     
  7. Wheelie

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    A good friend of mine teaches guitar building and just last week a student asked him if he makes mistakes. His reply was that he could not recall a guitar that didn't need some sort of repair during the building process. So all you first timers out there remember to keep your cool and just fix it. Chances are unless you point it out to someone or post pictures on a world wide forum, no one will ever know the difference.
     

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  8. Wheelie

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    Now that wasn't so bad was it?
     
  9. Ryden

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    Nice save!
     
  10. jkingma

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    Very cool build.
     
  11. RogerC

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    That's just such a cool design, Wheelie. I know you said earlier that you have to work on aesthetics, but it seems that the work you put in is worth it. It's looking great!
     
  12. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I love a design/build that keeps me pleasantly confused for a time :). Your going to like the trap neck BTW (got to play my first one last summer). Good work and wood selection ;)


    Dave
     
  13. Wheelie

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    Thanks Ryden. Here's the rest of the repair. I leveled the pieces, trued up the transitions, applied some thin CA glue to help stave off any further mishap and then routed.
     

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  14. nialldabass

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    Nice save and just an awesome build
     
  15. Wheelie

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    J, Your signature line cracks me up every time.

    Thanks Roger.

    Hi Dave,
    I think your right about the neck shape, it felt wierd at first but I'm getting used to picking it up. A friend stopped by the shop today with a co-worker of his who is a player. I handed the co-worker the guitar and asked what he thought of the neck. He played around a bit then his eyes lit up. "This is so cool" he says, "there is so much access for such a fat neck. I haven't been able to play this riff for eight years." He holds up his fretting hand and his middel finger is a half inch short from a table saw incident. "I've got to get me on of these."


    Here's a pic that shows the shape pretty well. After I finished fine tuning the heel transitions I sanded the sides and left the dust on to make them show up better.
     

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    I got around to routing and driling for the bridge. I stopped at 1/2" deep on the pickup rout I'll have to complete that up after the finish goes on.
     

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  17. adirondak5

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    What a cool design and build , like Dave I was pleasantly confused but I get it now and I like it.
     
  18. Wheelie

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    Thanks Herb,

    I'm coming up to the hard part of the build. I will be using Cat Urethane for the finish and it's been giving me fits. I'll be tryin a new gun soon as the manufacturer thinks that may be the root of my dispair. You wouldn't want to send your Fuji my way, would you?

    Steve
     
  19. nosmo

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    Now you tell me! :D

    I love the modern look of your build. Nice fix on the control cavity.
     
  20. Wheelie

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    Hi Nosmo, Thank you very much.
    Hopefully that's the only major mishap on this one.

    Since everyone is putting thier builds on a scale I thought I'd weigh in on the subject. 7 lbs. 4 ozs. That Ipe is heavy.
     

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