#1
After looking through many, many build threads, I've finally decided to make an attempt on building my own guitar.

I plan on building a tele... primarily for metal

I have extensive experience with power tools and have access to them.

Is my list complete/possible? I understand hardware limitations such as TOM bridges requiring angled necks and so on.

I will make my first attempts on some cheap plywood first but...

My build tops out at $800 (I can go much higher)

-Mahogany/Alder/Basswood Body blank
-Gotoh Humbucker Tele Bridge
-Black dome knob x2
-Guitar String Ferrules
-Neck Mounting Plate/Neck Ferrules + Screws
-Humbucker Mounting Ring Black (Metal or Plastic)
-Black humbucker mounting ring screws x4
-Oval Jack Plate black
-Strap Buttons black
-Strap Button Felt Washers
-Sperzel Tuners
-Duncan Distortion + 59 (Salvaged from old guitar)

Finishing:
-Grain filler if mahogany
-Stain (either from stewmac or local)

I have access to laquer + spray equipment

I have left the neck out because I'm wondering if I should simply order from warmoth and do finish coats on my own. Or build from scratch (depending on difficulty)

Sorry for huge post, because I don't want to be tossing $800+ out of the window
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Last edited by solidrane at Mar 6, 2013,
#3
Quote by -MintSauce-
If you don't mind me asking, where did the $800 figure come from?

Also, have you considered ash?


The price of 800 came from running around ontario (canada) looking for hardware, and wood. Sifting through stewmac, warmoth, allparts + so much much more. resulting in a lowest possible price of 750 but I'll allow up to +$300 as tolerance. It would be a hell lot more if I didn't have guitars to salvage + tools to borrow

Sadly I haven't played many ash guitars in my time, luckily ash is quite plentiful around canada. I'll consider it heavily.
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Last edited by solidrane at Mar 6, 2013,
#4
On my previous builds I've always gone for a salvaged neck, but that's because I don't really have access to the tools to make one myself. I can also see it being extremely time consuming and the slightest mistake could result in having to restart the neck... But that's just my view on it.
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#5
Just throwing my two pennies' worth in here, but I'd be tempted to ditch Warmoth and get a neck elsewhere. I'd also find alternatives to the Gotoh and Sperzel hardware. Most of the 'economy' parts are better than people give them credit, as long as you're careful.
#6
don't forget potometers, wiring, pickups, and what not. Also, shipping fee's can get pretty crazy.

And I would do without pickup rings but that's just me.
I dream red.
#7
Oh yeah, the electronics and pots should have been on the list, 2 volume pots, 3 way toggle (it's harder to cut a slot than just a hole)

I can find a bulk of these locally
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#8
I'd buy a neck since this is your first build. You probably don't want the project to drag on and you'd need more specialized tools to do a neck well efficiently. Also, if you don't get the neck perfect, then you're gonna hate it.

Good luck.
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