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whoomit
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#1
Well I finished my Tele templates today, so I might as well start this now!

Templates:


Body wood and bridge:



That wood's an old stair tread that I got for free, and it's veneered pine. It's 1.5" thick, so I might add a top and turn this in to a Thinline, depending on how deep I have to rout my cavities. For now we'll assume it's just a standard Tele though

The Wilkinson bridge cost me £16.50, and I've got a truss rod that cost about £6.85

I ordered a bunch of stuff today:

String ferrules - £1.20
Barrel jack - £4.00
Neck plate and screws - £1.99
tuners - 19.92
Loaded Tele control panel - £8.37 (annoyed because I found one for £2.59 later!!!)
African rosewood fretboard blank - 6.00
strap buttons - £0.99
Abalone inlays - £2.99
Wilkinson pups - £6.45
A bit of walnut veneer, what do you reckon? £2?
String trees - £2.09


Anywho, work should begin tomorrow!

PICTURE OF MY PARTS.
PICTURE OF MY WOOD.
PICTURE OF FRETBOARD AND INLAYS.

TOTAL BUILD COST - £77.35
Last edited by whoomit at Sep 5, 2012,
moscaespañol
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#2
I'm going to be watching this whoomit!

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King Donkey
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#6
This will be sexy. Any experience with building guitars?
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whoomit
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#7
Quote by von Layzonfon
Ew. Pine.
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Quote by &baconstrips
How about a pickguardless esquire thinline?

I'm not sure about pickguardless. I'm looking forward to making a nice wooden one

Quote by King Donkey
This will be sexy. Any experience with building guitars?

Yeah, I've built a few. and I've built a fair bunch of parts that never became finished guitars

Here's an update. Not an exciting one, but an update nonetheless.

Stairtread split:

Edges planed:

Glued and clamped:

As you can see from the second picture, I'm keeping a nice teak strip down the middle
Last edited by whoomit at Jul 20, 2012,
whoomit
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#8
Lunch:

I removed the coach bolt that was furthest from the Tele outline, to see how big the head was. I wasn't sure if the head of the other one was going to dig slightly into the side of the body or not:


Luckily I found the heads of the coach bolts were about 20mm so it wasn't a problem. Although the recess ended up being slightly larger, hopefully it will get routed out. If not, there'll just be a tiiiny hole that needs filled:

Now, I couldn't plane the surfaces flat, due to being veneered. SOOOOO, I used a belt sander at a 45° angle:

DAT FLAME MAPLE *cou-plywood-gh*:

FIT A MESS MIN:

Template screwed on, and bandsawed to shape:

Then I had a tidy up, and wrote this whilst I psych myself up for routing!
Last edited by whoomit at Jul 20, 2012,
whoomit
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#10
Quote by n1ckn1ce
So, 69 or 72 Thinline?

More like the '69 I guess, 'cause of the single coils (I think that's the main difference?). Probably stick with a standard Tele pickguard though. Whether I'm going Thinline or not I don't know yet. I'd rather not to be honest, but it depends how deep I need to rout for my pickups. I think I should get away with solidbody

Routing done!



Last edited by whoomit at Jul 20, 2012,
moscaespañol
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#11
Crash Bash and 36 Chambers in the background

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#12
Quote by moscaespañol
Crash Bash and 36 Chambers in the background

Hardcore livin' bro
moscaespañol
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#13
man I wish I still had my PSone.

I'll leave before I get this thread too off topic

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whoomit
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#14
Quote by moscaespañol
man I wish I still had my PSone.

I'll leave before I get this thread too off topic

You could comment on topic if you wish

That's me just ordered inlays for £2.99. Two things left to buy.
moscaespañol
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#15
Ehh I don't know much about guitar building and I just saw you made this thread and opened it :3

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Seref
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#17
Thinline is a good idea. Pine is a bit bright and Tele/Esquire pups are very bright, big body cavities should give it a little more resonant low end.
Ippon
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#18
Any progress with the neck? Go for 1-piece Maple.

My inexpensive Pine Squier CV Tele slays through the VH4's ch 3 and the Twin Jet's high gain channel. With those not-too-hot PUs, you'll get that unique, SC cut-through-the-mix at high gain.

Looking forward to this.

whoomit
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#20
Quote by Seref
Thinline is a good idea. Pine is a bit bright and Tele/Esquire pups are very bright, big body cavities should give it a little more resonant low end.

Possibly but... MORE ROUTING

Quote by Ippon
Any progress with the neck? Go for 1-piece Maple.

I can't see it being maple, as I'm trying to source it for free. I do still have money left for this project if needs be though. What do you mean by 'SC cut-through'?

Quote by slapsymcdougal
All the best people are currently building Tele's of some sort, amirite?

Damn straight
Spaztikko
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#21
No, they're building Barettas

Looking forward to seeing this come a long though
whoomit
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#22
Well I thought it was going to be difficult to source more wood. Luckily my dad saved some wood from an old school that I could use though

Here's some maple from the gym floor of said school, and a piece of.. Well I don't actually know :/



I split one piece of maple, and a sliver of the unknown wood for a centre stripe. Cut and planed:

Glued and clamped, with some walnut veneer between the laminates:

How much do you reckon I should say the walnut veneer cost? £2 do?
Last edited by whoomit at Jul 20, 2012,
whoomit
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#23
I fine-tuned my neck and body templates. Should be accurate enough that I can rout necks and bodies, and drill bridge position straight from templates. No lining up the bridge with the neck with a couple pieces of string! Means I should be able to rattle-off a good few Teles to sell We'll find out whether or not it works with this build. Fingers crossed guys

After that I drilled out all my body cavities and neck pocket, then I got to routing! Didn't get my neck pocket done though as my tea was ready, yum



More to come tomorrow I'm sure
Last edited by whoomit at Jul 20, 2012,
PsiGuy60
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#24

Looking forward to seeing/hearing the end result.
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whoomit
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#26
Quote by PsiGuy60

Looking forward to seeing/hearing the end result.

Me too! Everything's gone really smooth so far

Quote by von Layzonfon
Oooh! Router bit twins! Wait. Yours is shorter than mine. Although I'm thinking I'm going to need one of those too.

Looking good.

I need the shorter one to do the neck pocket. That's the first thing I'm going to do tomorrow. Then thickness my neck blank I guess!
K'Nuckles
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#27
Nothing you post from now on will beat that bacon butty... unless you post a bigger bacon butty. Do it.
whoomit
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#28
From this pic you can see that I did the neck pocket in two parts. I first used the template to take off the first layer. Then I took off the template and the bit just followed the cut I'd already made. I clamped some plywood to the bench with paper inbetween to get it to the same height as the body for extra stability on the router:

Lovely neat neck pocket

Neck unclamped, and the back of it planed. It's ready to go through the thicknesser now:

As per request, lunch:

That's a four sausage butt joint, held together with hot sauce for strength. I've veneered the top with a couple of slices of bacon and left it clamped between to slices of bread. Next to it is a cup of tea.
Last edited by whoomit at Jul 20, 2012,
Dead_Feet
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#30
Wow! Looks like it's gonna be a sweet build, very interested in how it's gonna turn out. *stickied* Oh, but by the way, your sandwich looks absolutely delicious and I hate you cause I'd want one. Totally kidding about the hate thing, but I'd love to have your sandwich
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#31
Build looks sweet! Definitely be following this
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K'Nuckles
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#32
Next time, throw some black pudding or an egg in there. Yeeeeeeeeeeeee boooooi
whoomit
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#33
thx 4 kind w3rdz

Quote by K'Nuckles
Next time, throw some black pudding or an egg in there. Yeeeeeeeeeeeee boooooi

Egg maybe

Blank squared off and thicknessed, centreline and outline marked on:

Being at the wrong end of a thicknesser is very messy business!

Truss rod cavity and acces routed, headstock veneers glued and clamped:

Now, I need opinions!!
I've decided I'm keeping a natural finish on the body, 'cause I really like it. I even like the small gaps between the strips of teak on the fron. Heck, even the plywood Question for you guys though is this:

Oil or lacquer?

Here are some lovely pics to admire and help you decide what I should do:



Last edited by whoomit at Jul 20, 2012,
whoomit
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#37
Quote by Ippon
Create some faux binding,

Then, get the inexpensive veneer from those bigbox DIY stores. Maple, dyed Transparent Black.

By faux binding you mean painting it on right? Where are you suggesting I put this maple veneer?

I did already toy with the idea of binding it, I decided against it though. I have strips of plastic binding, and real wood veneer that I got sent free from the lovely Ben Crowe at the beautiful Crimson Guitars.

Looks like lacquer's winning so far! I should point out that it's acrylic I shall be using

__________________________

Well it doesn't look like I'll get anything done today. Got to go and cut grass which'll take 2-3 hours and it's already 2 o'clock! We'll see though. Here are a couple pictures to tide you over.

Curry for breakfast:

Wilkinson tuners and abalone dots that arrived:
Last edited by whoomit at Jul 20, 2012,
Robbgnarly
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#38
the build looks great, but that plate of food


Great job so far
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#39
why did you let a baby poop on your plate?

killer build though. lookin' real nice.
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