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james4
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#1
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/r144/4444james4444/IMG_0107.jpg
rough cut:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r144/4444james4444/DSC00106.jpg
and the neck:
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r144/4444james4444/DSC_00012.jpg
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r144/4444james4444/DSC_0003.jpg
Last edited by james4 at May 16, 2010,
russianmetal11
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#3
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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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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MonkeyLink07
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#7
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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james4
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#8
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
Last edited by james4 at May 16, 2010,
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minnis
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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?
minnis
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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!
james4
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#15
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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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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Quote by james4
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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Quote by Jason Jillard
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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You can just spraypaint is whute.
I've done that for strat style SCs before. Works fine with a clearcoat. Just rough it up a bit before spraying.
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i like the black bridge/creme neck pup covers, just my 2 cents,.


whatever happend to you RG7 build?
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james4
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Quote by SomebodySomeone
i like the black bridge/creme neck pup covers, just my 2 cents,.


whatever happend to you RG7 build?

its been done for a while now
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=569729&page=10&pp=40

come online more often and I can keep you up to date on these things
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Quote by james4
its been done for a while now
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=569729&page=10&pp=40

come online more often and I can keep you up to date on these things


my bad
i've been busy with real life. i found out the hard way that once you're alone with no family to help you out, you gotta earn a living by yourself

good luck with the tele
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james4
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#30
I used Jasons tools and got pretty much all the woodwork done today

cliche neck joint test:



I did all the routing and stuff, then when it came time to cut out the p90 size hole in the pickguard, I let jason take care of it while I routed other stuff.
not the best idea



so..he owes me a pickguard now

the rest went pretty smoothly:


and heres the bridge recessed

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ouch... the rest looks very nice though, and can you still use that pickguard, the hole still looks smaller than a P90 route in the back.


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james4
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the main hole's still smaller than a p90 route, but theres that chunk that got broken out of it

I actually forgot to buy a neck plate, so I'll get a new pickguard when I get the neck plate
james4
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yeah, thats a good point.
we can replace all the pickguards we want..it's better than getting your hand sewn shut

but lesson learned: regular router plus table clamp =/= table router



anyway, I ordered the last of the parts tonight. I'm gonna fill a couple of dings and start with the painting stuff tomorrow
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One thing that might help when routing the next pickguard is if you can clamp the pickguard to a piece of scrap wood and route both at the same time. Having something else under the pickguard to provide rigidity will make breakage less likely.
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Woah, you guys live in the same place. That's wierd. Not really, but still. It's kinda odd.

Looking good. Tele's are my favorite(Also considering I wake up to a new Tele everyday)
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Quote by james4
it was from when I opened the new bandsaw blade, not from cutting myself while working


hell you should see what i managed to do with an angle grinder:



It's annoying how i managed to get such a small and accurate cut on my finger, but not the bloody guitar!!!
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