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#1
Hey guys. Today I started my first real guitar project. I have this old telecaster body that I bought on ebay a while back for $40. The body is made of alder and I've never really put it together. Last week I had the idea to cut into the horn of the body and make it a doubel-cut telecaster. I had a few concerns about the strength of the neck pocket and just how it would look. But today I went ahead and went through with it anyway.

So I traced the bottom horn of the guitar.


Then traced the outline onto the body.


After I had it traced I went ahead and used a band saw to cut out the design.


And then I went ahead and sanded the edges.


That's as far as I am right now. I think I'll be using a cream color to finish the guitar and possibly make a custom black or tortoise shell pickguard. I ordered a maple mighty-might neck, some $20 tuners, and electronics from a MIM Fender Tele.

I'll keep you all updated with any progress. Tell me what you think.
Last edited by Slavik at Jan 17, 2007,
#2
I think thats quite a good job, looking forward to seeing it finished


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that's pretty awesome..

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^ didn't sound like it was being used anyway :P


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With the neck pocket going up about a quarter of the way, it should have decent neck stability. Most bolt on necks like that have about the same amount of sides on them, so it should be ok.

I really like the idea. Its very different and almost had an ES335 kind of vibe to it. Im really looking forward to seeing this one done.
#8
Hey pretty sweet, a kind of Strat meets SG look to it.
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#9
more like dc Lp.

what will the layout be, and will there be a trem?
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what will the layout be, and will there be a trem?

It's going to be a pretty traditional telecaster as far as controls and pickups. I've cancelled the order on the neck because I'm pondering what would look best. I was thinking about a rosewood fretboard with a 70's headstock but I think that might look a little out-of-place, so I think I'm going to go with a rosewood fretboard and a standard strat style headstock. I'm open to suggestions though.
#13
Why not rout out the pups for Humbuckers? You don't need to use humbuckers, but it would mean you could swap over easily.

What kind of bridge are you thinking about? Telecaster bridge?
What about a p90 in the neck?
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#14
+1 ^^

Humbuckers in teles are awesome... A P90 in the neck and humbucker in the bridge would be sexy.
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I vote for a p-90 in the neck, bucker in the bridge with a tune-o and gibson like headstock in wine red. Yeah.
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Why not rout out the pups for Humbuckers? What about a p90 in the neck?
I'm not sure if there is going to be a pickguard on this guitar or not, that's why I wouldnt rout it out for humbuckers. But the p90 idea was actually floating around in my head while I was doing this. The bridge is deffinately going to be a telecaster bridge, I don't know enough to **** with that. And I've been looking around for a bolt-on rosewood 3+3 neck, anyone find one, let me know.
#18
I like the look. I'd be tempted to set the neck rather than just bolt - it doesn't look too secure to me and without all that wood around the joint there may be a lot less resonance. Not sure.

Let's see some finished pics soon!
#19
sweet man great job! i agree with the guys that posted way above, put a P90 in it
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h/s/h configuration? or wat about h/s/ p-90? endless combinations
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#22
Fender uses a set neck on the TC-90 instead of a bolt-on to help stability.
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im just curious..... but i thought that the bolts in the bolt on neck hold the neck and give it stability?
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#24
SMALL UPDATE:

Leave it to me to drop a guitar, right? So the body slipped out of my hands while walking down the stairs and the upper horn got a decent ding in it. The wood even chipped a little, but that was the extent of the damage. I drove down to ACE hardware and bought some poly-based poxy.

and I repaired the ding as best I could. It's not great but it wont be noticeable under the paint.


I also ordered some new pickups for the rig. I stole a pair of wilkinson p90s off ebay for around $30 bucks.

So I think I'll be putting one of those in the neck and saving the other for a rainy day.

I plan to route the pickup cavity and paint sometime next week. I'll keep you updated with any new progress.
#25
sucks man... pretty much same thing happened to me yesterday, bringin in the guitar body from letting the paint dry, and dropped it while opening the door... but looks like you fixed it at least
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wow man i love that body shape!
its looks amazing, cant wait to see it finished
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#30
u should smooth out the edge of the guitar
thats the only part i hate about telecasters
my right arm starts hurting so much
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#31
yeah it is nice, i thought at first that it would look too strat-like. but no, it looks more classy than that. more like a prs double cut. very sweet.
#32
i like the p90 in the neck. i would keep the tele bridge/pup design. i would also use a tele style headstock, mainly because if you use the strat one, its basically a strat with different pups, visually anyway. the whole idea behind this is a DC tele, and i think you should run with that. or the 3/3 gibsons tyle head would work too. i also like the cream/tortoise scheme. it would also look good in TV yellow/black pickguard, and if it had the tele head it would be the absolute perfect union between the DC LP and the tele, two of my favorite guitars. very nice work.
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and WHATEVER you do... PLEASE use a pickguard. it will be way easier and look 10x better
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#35
it wont look strat like becuase both horns are the same length and height, i agree that TV yellow with a black pickguard and chrome hardware would be great on this guitar. but use a tele headstock, i know its not the best looking or most practical headstock, but at least it'll work with the guitar. With a gibson style headstock its in danger of becoming a mess of guitars, its a DC tele, not a tele crossed with a DC LP


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#36
I vote for the traditional blackguard look (butterscotch blonde + black pickguard), and maple fretboard (rosewood never looks right on any telecaster), and a strat or tele headstock. Just use a normal Tele bridge pup, and make sure you get a good one with a proper baseplate (not the shitty plastic ones that cheaper pickups often have).
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I vote for the traditional blackguard look (butterscotch blonde + black pickguard), and maple fretboard ... and tele headstock. Just use a normal Tele bridge pup, and make sure you get a good one with a proper baseplate ....

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#38
don't use a tele headstock. use maybe something that looks like two tele headstocks together.
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#39
There's not really any kind of compromise.

The "strat" headstock (at least, the 70's style) would look out of place on essentially a Telecaster body.

The Tele headstock, to me, would be better for this, because it is still essentially a telecaster.
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Looks good bro
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