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Old 09-03-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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NGD - First Build

Off of the success of my Jackson Dinky Refinish , I decided to try my hand at building my own guitar: 1.5" Flame Maple topped Mahogany Telecaster

Wood supplier: http://www.exotic-woods.com/index.html

Tools were borrowed:
Drill Press
Hand Drill
Bosch 1617EVSPK Router
Jigsaw

Specs:
-1.5 inch Body, 10.5 lbs assembled, holy balls it's heavy
-Hondouras Mahogany Body ($70)
-1/4" Flamed Maple Top ($15)

Warmoth strat neck ($167 Off of "Screamin' Deals)
-22 Frets
-Maple with Ebony Fretboard
-6105 Frets
-Standard Thin contour
-Cut my own bone nut ($5)

-Gotoh Tele Humbucker Bridge ($44)
-Planet Waves Locking Tuners ($59)
-Humbucker pickguard that I cut Myself ($5)

-Dimarzio Crunch Lab/Liquifire White F spaced set I found on Kijiji for $100
-Volume/Volume/3-way controls

-Misc Stewmac hardware + electionics: $72

Finishing:

1 Can of Deft nitro sanding sealer: $8
1 tub of timbermate grain filler: $8 (I do forget the exact price)
3 cans of watco lacquer: $24
meguiars ultimate compound: $18
Old T-Shirt for polishing (Priceless)

Final Cost + Estimated Shipping: $595 (+$30 Shipping)



Nice figure hidden by the pickguard





Drill bits broke inside the hole to the left and 3rd to the left ($15 Mastercraft kit - never again. Bought a cobalt bosch kit since then), forcing me to drill holes beside the broken piece and pulling the bit out, thus ruining the alignment.








What next? Possible Ibanez RG270 refinish or build my first 7 String: 27" baritone RG style like this

Will probably wait until next summer because I'm a poor ass student. Might spend the year accumulating more building/finishing knowledge.

Many thanks for the help UG.

From a cozy home in Ontario, Canada - Goodnight.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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damn that looks great.


i'm curious what the final assembled weight is?
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:58 PM   #3
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damn that looks great.


i'm curious what the final assembled weight is?


My bad, assembled weight is 10.5 lbs
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:02 PM   #4
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that makes more sense.

i've had good luck using watco clear as sealer. it says you can use it for that. i read people had issues with deft drying so i just tried the watco and it worked. just .02.

which grain filler did you use? the reddish mahogany one or black?
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:07 PM   #5
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that makes more sense.

i've had good luck using watco clear as sealer. it says you can use it for that. i read people had issues with deft drying so i just tried the watco and it worked. just .02.

which grain filler did you use? the reddish mahogany one or black?


I bought the mahogany and added some dark brown tint/dye. I made the assumption that the darker grain filler would enhance the grain. You can still notice where the filler is up close.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:23 PM   #6
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Daaaaaaaamn that's pretty. VERY well done!
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:46 PM   #7
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:42 PM   #8
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I bought the mahogany and added some dark brown tint/dye. I made the assumption that the darker grain filler would enhance the grain. You can still notice where the filler is up close.

i think it does enhance it a bit. i've heard using white looks really good as well but i haven't tried it.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:03 AM   #9
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Really nice iam tempted to build one
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:17 AM   #10
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10/10 would play.
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:39 PM   #11
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Niiice follow-up man! Loved what you did to the Dinky for sure!
Definitely a shame on the ferrules but beautiful none the less. I approve.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:10 PM   #12
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Great job, love the grain and its nice you didn't use a neck with the awful tele headstock on it.
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