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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. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    That has got to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen!
     
  2. BR06623

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    Don't want to sound too dramatic, but WOW! It is a rather dramatic guitar. Very cool, and very good workmanship. Sure do want to see and hear the finished product.
     
  3. nosmo

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    It's so simple yet so complex at the same time. And the glass finish doesn't hurt. Spectacular!!
     
  4. PMF1954

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    Wow.
     
  5. Wheelie

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    So were getting closer.

    Strap buttons and a better shot of the tuners.
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    Electronics are all finished up.

    I needed to touch up the tail end as there was a bit of abuse getting the masking off. Probably should have left this area untouched until it was assembled as the polishing left the previously true surface a little rounded. Not to worry, the cat urethane touches up faboulosly with CA. I'll let this cure up for a while before wet sanding and buffing.
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  6. Wheelie

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    I cleaned up the fretboard edges and polished the frets, cleaned and oiled the fretboard. Then things got a bit nutty.
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    I discovered that I have no chrome string tees. Just ordering those would result in a poor merchandise to shipping cost ratio. Fortunatly I have this problem with being completely unable to control myself when it comes to guitar supplies so my ratio should remain near an acceptable 10 to 1. Of course SWMBO thinks that's a rather silly affliction and tries to curtail such nonsense. This is easily countered by opening the closet and counting pairs of shoes.
     
  7. Allthesound

    Allthesound Tele-Afflicted

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    Amazing Wheelie! This is looking so incredibly cool! :cool:

    +1 on counting pairs of shoes :lol: I't always seems to put a quick end such debates here too.
     
  8. Wheelie

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    Well boys, it's all over but the twangin'.
     

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  9. Wheelie

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    Oh, and the string trees, they're on the way.
     

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  10. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    Hey Wheelie,

    This is absolutely one of my most favorite builds. I have a dumb question however. How do you know if you need string trees?

    Barncaster
     
  11. Wheelie

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    Hi Barn,

    Thanks.

    You need string trees if you do a Fender style headstock.
    In this pic you can see how high the e and B strings are above the headstock. If you play it like this (we did last night) the e string has a tendency to jump out of the nut during moderate to hard strumming. The higher strings will feel real loose due to the lack of break angle over the nut. The string trees even out the tension on the strings and keep the strings in the nut. The break angle over the nut and saddle also have an affect on the sound of the instrument. That becomes one of those lengthy discussions in itself so we'll leave it be for now.

    Steve
     

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  12. Barncaster

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    Thanks Wheelie,

    My strings currently look like the picture above as I'm not using string trees. The guitar sounds fine and I'm not noticing differences in tension but will re-evaluate tonight. I've never had a problem with my strings jumping out of the nut slots either. Then again, I don't play out either where pounding the crap out of your strings would probably be more likely to happen.

    Barncaster
     
  13. Glen Smith

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    Wow, what a beauty! Plenty of room to let the mojo aerate.
     
  14. Wheelie

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    Thanks Glen,
    A friend who was over last night couldn't get over the gold foil (ex gold foil
    ?). I kept switching to the middle and bridge as he was playing to get them balanced and he kept switching back. After about a half hour he said he was really starting to dig the neck shape also.
     
  15. RogerC

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    Awesome! In the vernacular of a younger generation... You got some mad skilz, dude :D
     
  16. hshight

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    Stunningly beautiful.
     
  17. Jupiter

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    Man o man, this is one of the 5 or 6 totally amazing things that got built this year.
     
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    Folks, record this moment, because this guitar has me "SPEECHLESS"!!!!!
     
  19. Muzikp

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    Ok but I doubt it will last :lol:.

    This is such a cool guitar. You got a perfect shiny finish on that thing, spectacular. Did you post somewhere how much it weighs?
     
  20. Davecam48

    Davecam48 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I guess that it's been said a hundred times before or befive......but I wheelie wheelie love the concept, the execution, and the overall idea. Ain't it great living outside the box?
     
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