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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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    Seeing as how the top layer of this guitar is only 5/8" thick where the neck pickup goes and with the other layers stepping back for upper fret access routing 3/4" deep for a standard Tele neck pickup seemed like flirting with disaster. I've got a pair of Gold Foils like Maricopa is using which will fit the bill since they're surface mounts at only 1/4" thick, but they are in real rough shape. Seems the guitar got wet and everything was rusted, the magnets are in pieces and the coils, while intact and reading 5.58k ohms (or 5.54 k, nice display on the meter), need to be wrapped. And I just didn't like the way they looked on the guitar.
    2012 CTele 009.jpg
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    So I made a bobin out of heavy paper, and slipped the coil on it. Wrapped it with some tape and wired it up to the core. Went to the hardware store and scored some little button head screws wich will work for the pole pieces.
     

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  2. Wheelie

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    Then I went about making a new cover.
     

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  3. Wheelie

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    Then I hollowed it out, routed a pocket 1/4" deep and popped it in. I still need to order the magnets and figure out how I'm going to secure it.
     

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    nosmo Friend of Leo's

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    Thank God there was a beginner category this year. The pickup cover is just over the top, and still the guitar is elegance in wood.
     
  5. RogerC

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    Ok first- How on God's green earth does that weigh 7 lbs?! LOL. I guess you're right, that ipe IS heavy

    second thing- you, sir, are a detail master. Beautiful work on the pickup!
     
  6. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Wheelie, your build is just outrageous! You keep turning what could be obstacles into the proverbial opportunities.
     
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    This is a real Ferrari of telecasters. Although I usually don't like wooden pup covers, yours just adds to this being the sexiest build this year. Very impressive.
     
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    Very cool work on the pickup.
     
  9. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

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    WOW , great job on the pup cover , it just looks right , very nice . As for sending the Fuji out sorry , but I'll be using it until about May 13th :lol:
     
  10. Wheelie

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    Thank you very much gentlemen.


    I'm with you on that New, this seemed like my only option given the materials available.

    The only problem with it is some ninny turned the grain in the wrong direction. Good thing is I've got the jigs for a new one.

    Steve
     
  11. Wheelie

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    There, now I feel better.
     

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    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

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    Phew!!! I was worried, I feel better too...Kidding I thought the first one was spectacular but this one is even spectacular...er :D. This build is still just blowing my mind. Keep up the great work.
     
  13. newtherapist

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    Yes, better. As always, small details make a big difference.
     
  14. Wheelie

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    Some CA pore filling.
    2012 CTele 001.jpg

    Block sand with 220.
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    Frets.
     

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  15. Wheelie

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    Like getting all the holes in the correct spot? The right one touching the maple wasn't making me happy either.
     
  16. Wheelie

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    Just a fake update to make sure my thread doesn't fall off the end of the list.

    Swamped at work, so not much guitaring going on.
    I did get the magnets for the pickup ordered so that's a bit of something.

    Once the roll top desk I'm building for a customer is ready for finish I can clean the shop and start spraying things.
     
  17. Mojotron

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    Wow - that's some of the most innovative work I have seen! Great work!
     
  18. emoney

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    This is the only guitar that DESERVES to hang on a wall just as quickly is it does being
    in somebody's hand. Awesome work. Can't wait to see the video and hear this thing now.

    Hurry up, would ya?
     
  19. Wheelie

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    Thanks Mojo!


    Patience E, patience.
     
  20. emoney

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    Now I'm "subscribed". Whew....it's hard work searching out a specific thread when you
    don't have a good memory. Anyway, enough about me.....carry on.
     
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