#1
Hello

Today I am beginning the build of my first Telecaster

My parts are:
  • Australian blackwood top / pine body
  • Maple (not alder) neck with a rosewood fretboard
  • GFS Mean 90 pickups
  • Black Hardtail string-through bridge
  • Wilkinson Vintage style tuners



As this morning, I chopped a piece of pine from some ~20 year old nice dry table we had in pieces in our barn:



I then cut out a template with plywood (more routes in it for pickups to be done later)





I then clamped together the three piece australian blackwood top for glueing



I have three weeks school holidays as of next week and plan to complete it within then.

I also got my neck from GFS, and the "plain maple" happened to have a bit of flame in it - heres a bit of a tidbit



Not bad for 45 AUD

More to come in coming days.
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Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
Last edited by misterdarling at Jun 25, 2010,
#2
Looks sick man! I'm watching this.
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#3
Quote by Mike-T93
Looks sick man! I'm watching this.


Thanks man
Hi, my name is Aaron

Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#5
Nice work so far.


I'm 99.999999% sure that's not alder:
#1 - never heard of flame alder.
#2 - never heard of a neck made of alder.
#3 - GFS doesn't sell alder necks.
#4 - I think you meant to say maple.
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#6
Quote by Handgrenade
Nice work so far.


I'm 99.999999% sure that's not alder:
#1 - never heard of flame alder.
#2 - never heard of a neck made of alder.
#3 - GFS doesn't sell alder necks.
#4 - I think you meant to say maple.


Flame isn't something special to one wood. It's a result of constant(ish) pressure being applied in one direction to the tree. Multiple directions cause quilt instead. Yea it's rare, but i dont doubt it exist.

Though in this case, it does look like Maple. You cant safely make a neck out of alder btw, it's not strong enough. Laminates, maybe. But just alder? No way.
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#7
also, I think his #3 and #4 points sum it up the best.

Either way, this looks like it'll be good. I want to say I've heard pine sounds good but doesn't finish very well, and can dent easy 'cause it's soft, but I'm not sure if I remember it's tonal qualities correctly.


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#8
Quote by Handgrenade
Nice work so far.


I'm 99.999999% sure that's not alder:
#1 - never heard of flame alder.
#2 - never heard of a neck made of alder.
#3 - GFS doesn't sell alder necks.
#4 - I think you meant to say maple.


*slaps forehead*

I have worked with maple necks before and I swore it looked like maple (and sounded like when I tapped it), but somewhere in my mind I thought I bought it as alder. I went, checked my order. Its not alder.

Silly me.
Hi, my name is Aaron

Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#9
Okay, small update

Today I cut out the pine and blackwood and sanded them even.

I plan on leaving the blackwood quite sharp on the edges, whilst having the pine very rounded on the bottom.

I also shaped the headstock: Here are some piccies





Also, it is my great grandmother's birthday tomorrow, so I am spending the day in sydney with her and family, thus rendering tomorrow a break from tele making. More pics up at the end of monday.
Hi, my name is Aaron

Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#10
Question for you:
With the Maple Neck, what was the fretboard like?
I got an unfinished one, terrible. The wood filler used on it was for mahogany, but it was an all maple neck, around the edges of the frets, there was a lot of tearout.

Your Tele is looking good!
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#11
Quote by timbit2006
Question for you:
With the Maple Neck, what was the fretboard like?
I got an unfinished one, terrible. The wood filler used on it was for mahogany, but it was an all maple neck, around the edges of the frets, there was a lot of tearout.

Your Tele is looking good!


I have heard the gfs necks are hit and miss, and it seems like the case with us too. Mine was unfinished but seriously good. Dead straight, well levelled frets (that shocked me), no filler, fairly well sanded and seems very solid. As said before the wood even had some figure on top of its lovely grain.

I probably just got very lucky however
Hi, my name is Aaron

Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#12
My progress today was not quite the level I had hoped :roll:

It all started out great when I and I successfully cut out and drilled the pickups route spots and pot and switch holes. Mid progress shot here:



Unfortuantly when I was routing the back of it for the electronics to fit all snug, the router decided to loosen one of its screws and drop, almost going through the front of my top! It left a good 1-2mm thickness of wood left between the route bit and table! So, hindering further progress, I made up a blackwood replacement part and glued it so I can re-route tommorow. Oh well :razz:

Hi, my name is Aaron

Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#14
That's the exact reason my router doesn't go too deep.
Either that or it's a POS. At least your guitar isn't FUBAR.
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#15
After a doc. appointment and work, back to guitar making!

I routed out the underside of the blackwood for the switch and pots, and then moved on to the neck pocket and all the body cavities.

Finally, in the freezing cold that is Australias winter (and probably a joke to other countries), I glued the two pieces together. All that is left before spraying is a good bit of sanding and drilling for the input jack!

Photographs:





Hi, my name is Aaron

Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#17
Quote by misterdarling



Is this much wood taken out of a telecaster normally? Doesn't it lose tone this way, or is that how it achieves its famed tone.

Nice build btw, very inspiring.

It looks very thick, are you going to keep it that thick?
#18
Quote by majinbuu1023
Is this much wood taken out of a telecaster normally? Doesn't it lose tone this way, or is that how it achieves its famed tone.

Nice build btw, very inspiring.

It looks very thick, are you going to keep it that thick?



It depends, some people route them for weight relief, some are completely solid, some are far more hollow (like the thinline tele). Mine is somewhere in the middle. Usually the more taken out the warmer the tone is, but it can subtract from some of that tele 'bite'.

Thanks man

And perhaps in the middle, but I am heavily rounding off the edges of the pine.
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Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#19
Its been a while since my last post, but progress has been made as of today and the day before.

First, the now glued body was shaped and sanded







And this morning, after sanding with 120, 180 then 400, starting spraying on the clear coat







Hi, my name is Aaron

Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#20
I actually put it together a couple of days ago, but have lacked the time to upload anything!

Okay, so, it feels great; quite light but still no neck dive. The mean 90's are punchy and thick but still have that single coil clarity. In fact, it has the only bridge pickup I will probably actually use, unlike in my other guitars where tonal quality of the bridge pup is akin to an am radio.

The only issue is its dire need for a fret dress, they have little buzz spots that are driving me crazy, but otherwise a successful build. Heres some completed pics.



(on a quick note, that is not orange peel as I only used a very thin application of nitro because I like to feel the grain - therefore what you see is the grain in the finish)




Hi, my name is Aaron

Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#21
Very nice man! Sound clips?
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#22
gee wiz, everytime i see a tele i want one more and more, good job lad..
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#23
beautiful work. love your choice of woods. that's some really nice figure on the neck too...hard to believe that's from gfs.
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Last edited by Handgrenade at Jul 8, 2010,
#24
Quote by Handgrenade
beautiful work. love your choice of woods. that's some really figure on the neck too...hard to believe that's from gfs.


I know, I was so shocked when I received it, and then more so when I sprayed on the first coat of nitro.
Hi, my name is Aaron

Quote by Scowmoo
You sir, are the definition of Epic Win.

Gear
-Homemade Pine/Blackwood P90 Tele, and few others
- Ceriatone Overtone Special
- GFS Greenie, Pro Chorus, Sparkle Compressor, Pitchblack, Biyang Fuzzstar
#25
looks great
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#29
For some reason I was picturing a thinline tele when I read the title looks awesome though, great job.