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Old 05-16-2010, 06:23 PM   #1
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James builds a tele! ..sorta

Well it's not exactly a full build, but I'm putting together a tele

Here's basically what it'll look like:

white with a black pickguard, birdseye maple neck, two p90s and a wraparound bridge



I can't decide which way I want the pickups..whether i go black bridge/cream neck, or cream bridge/black neck.

anyway, aside from the pickups, I've pretty much got the rest figured out

I'm gonna recess the bridge a bit so that I don't need a neck angle, and cause I don't like the look of a guitar with a tune-o-matic bridge, when the strings are so far from the body.

in the kisekae theres a pretty big gap between the pickguard and the bridge that makes the p90look like it's not filling up enough space. in reality, the p90's gonna fit perfectly into that space.
the cutout on the pickguard that usually leaves room for the bridge is just a tiny bit bigger than the p90 template I've got, so it should fit real nice in there

I found the neck (made by mighty mite) on ebay for just over $100, so I went for it
i kinda want to build my own neck at some point, but right now I don't have the time or tools to do it

for the wiring i'm not doing anything ridiculous.. 1volume 1 tone and a 5 way super switch
the positions of the switch are gonna be:
bridge/ n+b in series/ n+b in parallel/ n+b out of phase/ neck

so all the way towards the bridge is still just the bridge, and all the way towards the neck is only the neck. straight up and down is both pickups in parallel like they usually are.
i figured this setup would be less confusing than having the series and phase positions in positions 1 and 5, or 4 and 5 or something

I'm still not sure what pickups to use..
my plan right now is to buy a set from guitarfetish, and a set from iron gear since they're both fairly cheap
I'll keep whichever set I like best, sell the ones I don't like as much, then save up for some rockmonkeys (I have a set of single coils in my strat and they're great)
any other suggestions would be appreciated, too

everything else is pretty straight forward.. 2 piece swamp ash body, white finish, chrome hardware

I'll probably edit the first post with a more detailed specs list if anyone wants, but i'm just giving an outline for now..

I've got the body cut to shape and marked out to be routed right now, so heres a picture:


progress will probably be fairly slow because I don't have many tools at home and I work often, but I should have it done in the near future


EDIT:
I was gonna update with a specs list, but I realized I'll go over everything through the build anyway
I just didn't say much about the bridge..

it'll be a recessed Gotoh/Wilkinson wraparound bridge
it looks a little different than in the pictures, but it looks pretty damn classy to me
I'm also trading out the studs it came with for locking ones. I've only ever worked on one guitar with a wraparound, and locking studs would have done wonders for it, so..there ya go.

heres a couple pictures from before i started the thread, just for any interested

heres some wood:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/...44/IMG_0107.jpg
rough cut:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/...44/DSC00106.jpg
and the neck:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/...4/DSC_00012.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/...44/DSC_0003.jpg
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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I like the black bridge/cream neck option better so you can see the pickups, buts thats just my opinion. Do it the way you like.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:32 PM   #4
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:34 PM   #5
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^ agree totally
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:39 PM   #6
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Nice, I'd really like a tele with P90s, it's cool to see someone doing it. I'd have a 3 saddle tele bridge, but that's just me I guess. And you would have to cut it out for a P90.
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:55 PM   #7
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Your gonna do fine, I'm kind of surprised your not building things yourself, You have the know-how (I'm pretty sure, you've been around here a while).

And how about something like a P-rail, with push-pulls for splitting them how you want, or if not, maybe hum-canceling P90's, I haven't used any, but from what I've read they are supposed to be pretty noisy.

EDIT: Just noticed you had the template already, so that kinda nulls the P-rails suggestion.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:43 PM   #8
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yeah, this is my second full assembly/half build thing, and I've taken apart/re-built/worked on enough guitars to know I'm gonna do just fine with it

for not building things myself: I actually did plane/cut/route the body shape out of a board. So the body's being built from scratch, i just didn't post pictures from before

and I think I could probably make a neck just fine as well, but as I said in the OP..time and tools are a big issue.


aaand pickup-wise, I'm definitely set on soapbars as opposed to anything else. mostly since I'm 99% sure I already have my 'ideal' pickups chosen (and they're soapbar-sized). I just need something to put in while I save up for them


russianmetal: I agree. I was leaning towards the black bridge and cream neck pickups at first..just wanted to hear a few other opinions as well


and thanks for the encouragement, guys. even though I'm confident with everything I'm doing, I haven't done much woodworking in the last 2 years so I'll take all the encouraging words I can get

edit: i'll add some more pictures and a more complete specs list now
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:14 PM   #9
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ooooh don't worry im here to help =]


but yeah definatly cream in neck position.
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Old 05-16-2010, 11:36 PM   #10
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:15 AM   #11
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cream in the neck


Dude, I like neck pickups too, but not thaaat much.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:07 AM   #12
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Out of the two, i'd say black bridge, cream neck, but IMO the cream clashes with the white finish slightly, have you tried a white P90, or a white cover?
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:57 AM   #13
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white covers are pretty much impossible to find for p90s.

if you have any insight, please share.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:20 AM   #14
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white covers are pretty much impossible to find for p90s.

if you have any insight, please share.


Afraid i'm not that into P90s, have no idea where you would get one, but im sure i have seen them somewhere, and if they are only PRETTY MUCH impossible, then there is still a chance. IMO if you're going to build a custom guitar yourself then make sure its exactly what you want, meaning dont settle for a colour you want. They may be hard to find but it'll make the guitar that little bit more special.
But if you dont want white and prefer cream, then just ignore my comments lol!
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:11 AM   #15
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I think if the bridge pickup was cream, it might clash with the white body
but in the neck position, the colour is close to that of the fretboard so I think it'll blend fine

plus I've never seen white p90 covers
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:17 AM   #16
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Looking good!
I think though, that you should make this like a Nashville Tele, with a mid pickup. I've always wanted to do that. Mid 'Bucker, and the neck with single in the bridge.(Phrasing needed )
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plus I've never seen white p90 covers


Just to prove that im not crazy, look at the one on the left!!!
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:27 AM   #18
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I like black in the neck.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:35 AM   #19
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i know they exist, im saying its nearly impossible to find a place to buy them from.

i think james is just going creme for now, then when he gets his rockmonkeys made hes going to see if cord can put a white cover on. i unno tho maybe he changes his mind from alst time i talked to him
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i know they exist, im saying its nearly impossible to find a place to buy them from.

i think james is just going creme for now, then when he gets his rockmonkeys made hes going to see if cord can put a white cover on. i unno tho maybe he changes his mind from alst time i talked to him


Ok then, just wanted to make sure he knew all the options, would hate it if he made it wanting a white P90 but had to settle for a cream one.
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