#1
So as the Title states I am building a guitar with a Telecaster body and Neck as the base, but I am currently working on re-designs to make it more my own. I am going to be having my dad help me with the work I need to do to the guitar because he has a number of the tools to do this, plus he worked as a machinist and a gunsmith for a time and would be more experienced overall than I with using said tools.

It is comprised of a 1 piece Swamp Ash Tele style body and a Walnut Tele style neck w/ Wenge fretboard.

I am mixing Black and Gold Hardware of which I have:
Gotoh Bridge (Gold)
Gotoh Schaller style Tuners (Gold)
String Tree (Black)
Dunlop Strap Locks (Black)
Compensated Brass Nut
Rear String Ferrules (Black)
Top Tele Control Cavity (Black)
Dome Knobs (Gold with Black Pearl tops)
Output Jack (Gold jack, Black Square Plate)
Neck Plate (Gold)
Pickguard Screws (Gold)

Electronics I have:
2 CTS 500k pot
CRL 3-way tele switch
Mallory 150 series capacitors .022
Neck Single coil with Gold cover (some guitarheads pickup, Super Twang I think)
Lace Open Coil Bridge Humbucker
Dimarzio FRED bridge Humbucker

I wanted a blue guitar and with the hardware colors I have, I decided on making this a blue-burst guitar.

The body I have, is one that I purchased through ebay that already had some work done, seeing as how this is the first time I'm going to be putting together a guitar, I figured I'd get something that was already partially done to help prevent errors from my side and allow me to just get my hands wet so to speak.

Seeing as how the body is routed for the normal tele single coil bridge I am going to route out a humbucker space for the bridge. I am also going to be cutting away the lower horn for the most part, making the lower horn into something more akin a single cut, mixed slightly with something that resembles a PRS lower Horn. I'll post my design pics in a little later, when I have it more finalized.

Oh and I'm only going to install one of the Humbuckers, I just wanted to have options, and eventually I'm going to start experimenting and try and customizing my own pickups by swapping out coils, pole pieces, magnets etc.

I will post some pictures a little later, as I need to resize them.
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#3
Also in other cool news for this guitar, I just got a Bare Knuckle Miracle Man Bridge Humbucker for $98.00
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#4
Have some more of those pictures now.

I also have a picture of the Re-Design that I am most likely to do, I Think I'm going to adjust the bottom corner a little where the arm contour is by Increasing the contour and also by cutting away less wood and pulling it down, when I finish that revision I will post it.

The Neck Re-Design is close, had an earlier version that cut away more wood, and decided to try and Keep more wood on this revision. Still needs a little adjusting.

Any opinions on the Design?
Attachments:
Design 4.jpg
Design 4 Head.jpg
Neck 1.jpg
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Ampeg SSC-140 combo 212
Last edited by Dyrti at Apr 9, 2013,
#6
Glad you dig it, I wanted to make it my own. I really actually like the look of it, didn't want it to be a "Metal" cliche guitar, though it feels a little cliched

Thinking I may name this body type after one of the 5 rivers to the underworld, The Archeron or possibly The Kokytus.
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#7
It's not like BC rich metal cliche though, I think the body looks killer. Are you gonna bevel the edges of the body as it is shaded on the draft?
#8
how many bridge pickups do you want :P
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#9
I can't say I like the body redesign, but hey it's your guitar man, make it yours.
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#10
Like I said about the Bridge pickups earlier, I am going to start messing around and start learning to customize my pickups, so I am basically going to use all the bridge pickups and get some kind of recording with them. I then intend to open them up and start swapping out magnets and seeing the changes in tone, and mess around with the pole pieces and see the changes.

I am going to leave the Bare Knuckle alone though and that will be the main Bridge for the guitar, when I'm going to be playing it.

I'm working on what I hope to be the Final Design, and after I finish that (going to try and get all the dimensions very close to exact) I will make a copy of it and smooth out the edges to see how it looks smoothed out.
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ESP LTD MH-1000 (STG)
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