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Old 11-28-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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First build - Telecaster - Guidance - Progress Pics

Hey all, I'm going to be embarking on my first guitar build or at least "parts build" in the next few weeks. I'm looking for some advice and a little guidance from some of the more experience members. Figured I go a head and start a thread and use it for the actual build when the time comes.

Goals are to have a "good" sounding, gig-able guitar.

I'm definitely set on buying a prefabbed neck and body, I don't have the tools or space to build one from scratch.

As far as pieces go, I'm looking at GFS (shocking I know) and just need a little reassurance from some people that the necks and bodies are worth the purchase. I understand that Warmoth and a few of the others have much higher end quality pieces, but I feel like by the time I purchased those (neck and body and then hardware on top of that) I'd have already spent more than enough to by a new guitar. (and yes I realize I more than likely will spend enough for a nice used one, but you can't buy the experience )


So far ,here's what I'm thinking, direction and guidance, as mentioned would be great.

Wood:
-- GFS Unfinished ash tele body
-- GFS vintage amber gloss neck

Pickups:
As of now I'm thinking of going with some Texas specials for the pickups. Any other suggestions. They're the only one's I've ever heard. Style I like is along the black crowes and rolling stones.

Hardware:
-- Wilkinson compensated tele bridge
-- String ferrules
-- String retainer
-- Control plate
-- Output jack
-- 250k pots +
-- switch
-- Black pickguard +screws
-- Strap locks
-- Locking tuners
(missing anything???)


I'm still playing around with a stain/color, figure I'll get the thing assembled first, then worry about that latter.



It's either that ^^^^ or I just buy the tele kit that they have on there.


Advice?
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:03 PM   #2
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I'd go for BYOGuitar over GFS. They have more variety of Teles (normal, 72 thinline, and custom thinline if you even care for those) and have pretty high quality from what I've seen from numerous orders from them (not personally but here and a few other places).

Other than that, and the obvious wire for wiring, I think you're good.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:15 PM   #3
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Thanks man, i'm checking them out now. Almost like the idea of purchasing a kit from them just so I'll have some extra parts.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:16 PM   #4
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I also recommend BYOGuitar over GFS bodies and necks. Everything else looks good though.
by the way, I bought these for my strat. Have not been disappointed.
http://www.guitarfetish.com/Now-STA...lack_p_519.html
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:00 AM   #5
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Here's another option to consider, assuming it's not out of your price range:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/kits/
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:14 AM   #6
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Here's another option to consider, assuming it's not out of your price range:

http://www.carvinguitars.com/kits/


Yea, i did look at those and it's out of my budget when all is said and done. I'm wanting to end up around the $450-500ish mark once all upgrades are done.

If I go with one of the BYOG kits I'll probably be upgrading the body to swamp ash, so I'm sitting right around $220 for the kit. Add $160ish for a pickup set, different tuners (if needed), and a 3 saddle bridge, I should be around that, give or take a bit with shipping and what not.

And that's not including finishing material or anything.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:22 AM   #7
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I also recommend BYOGuitar over GFS bodies and necks. Everything else looks good though.
by the way, I bought these for my strat. Have not been disappointed.
http://www.guitarfetish.com/Now-STA...lack_p_519.html


Those are the exact one's I'm looking at . Have heard nothing but good things about them.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:23 AM   #8
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Consider a Electosocket instead of a regular Tele jack cup. It's a whole lot easier to install/uninstall.

http://www.warmoth.com/Electrosocke...hrome-P728.aspx

You can find them other places other than Warmoth too if you do some looking around.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:51 PM   #9
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Consider a Electosocket instead of a regular Tele jack cup. It's a whole lot easier to install/uninstall.

http://www.warmoth.com/Electrosocke...hrome-P728.aspx

You can find them other places other than Warmoth too if you do some looking around.


Thanks, found them a few bucks cheaper on Amazon.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:16 PM   #10
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Alright, about to go through with the purchase here in a bit. But I needed to ask, someone for some clarity on something.

on the BYOguitar site, when you can select the different body wood material it will say the type of wood, then 1 "PC", 2 "PC", etc. What does that mean? I'm assuming "piece". I can't find anything to tell me what that means.

thanks for the help.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:10 PM   #11
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on the BYOguitar site, when you can select the different body wood material it will say the type of wood, then 1 "PC", 2 "PC", etc. What does that mean? I'm assuming "piece". I can't find anything to tell me what that means.


Yeah, that's exactly what it means. It just tells you how many pieces the body or body blank is made from.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:36 PM   #12
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Well after a some delay, I just ordered a Tele kit from BYOguitar. Going with a Swamp Ash 2 piece body, maple neck and board, grover locking tuners, upgrade nut, and I'm going to go with the fender noiseless pickups since I can get them for a like $40 cheaper ordering them with the kit than buying something else individually, have heard nothing but good reviews and demos on them.

I'm going with the butterscotch blonde finish, then the vinyl sealer and instrument lacquer.

Can't wait for it to get here!
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:42 PM   #13
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Question about the finishing process.

I'm going to do a Butterscotch finish, and it's the aerosol can version.
I have behlen natural grain filler, sanding sealer, and finishing laquer as well

I'm just finding some conflicting information as far as the order of applying these.

Is there a "right" way? Any suggestions?

As far as I can tell and what "sounds" right. Would be to prep sand the body, add grain filler (wipe off excess and sand), followed by sealer (fine sanding until smooth), then spray the butterscotch, followed by the extra coats of clear.
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As far as I can tell and what "sounds" right. Would be to prep sand the body, add grain filler (wipe off excess and sand), followed by sealer (fine sanding until smooth), then spray the butterscotch, followed by the extra coats of clear.

Sounds about right to me.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:30 PM   #15
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Well I guess I have to give you guys something to look at. I've been in the process of moving, so I have had no time to work on this thing for the past week or so. Thought I'd have this thing curing by now, but oh well.

And over that time I was contemplating whether or not I'd like to butcher the traditional style tele for one with contours, after heading to the local music store to see if I could find a curvy body which I did...contours won.

So first up, Belly tuck






Turned out pretty good for just kind of going at it for an hour or so, still have to touch up the corners and edges, but the shape I modeled off of my EC guitars, just to get a rough idea of where to start, and just kind of kept going and stopping until it felt comfortable against me.

I'm starting the forearm contour tomorrow. I'll have some pics up tomorrow night.
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Got some more work in today:

Forearm contour:


And got the neck and everything else attached and holes made.



Going to do a good sanding tomorrow and start with some grain filler.
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Hey that's looking good.
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thanks man, now for the fun part...sanding
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