#1
Alright fellow UGers, after many months of browsing this forum and watching you all work on your own builds I have decided to give it a go. I have woodshop this semester at my school so then is when I plan on doing so.
Now I kinda would like to build a Telecaster but I dont personally own one so im kinda unsure as how im going to do this. So where can I get build plans for a Fender Telecaster?

I plan on making this build a sort of Joe Strummer tribute (the clash) but Im having troubles finding out what type of wood his tele was and im unsure of the year too

thanks for your help, I hope to make this build work!!
#2
Check the sticky at the top of the forum for the template.

As for the specs for whomever's guitar, my friend Google may be able to help.
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#4
Most teles are made of alder, and Mr. Strummer probably played alot of different guitars.

That's as specific as you can get, really.
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#5
well his famouse black strat was used on all tours and records and is the one I want to replicate



I guess I will go with alder then

EDIT:I found that its a 1972
#6
Telecasters were also made out of ash. Are you sure it is a '72 because i think '72s had a different shape pick guard.
#7
^ You're thinking of the thinline.

I'd go play a couple Teles and see which body wood YOU like the most. My preference is ash.
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#8
I went to Fender's website and they have several models that have a bigger pick guard just like the thinline
#9
Fender used ash until around the early sixties because it was cheap and then began to use alder on both the Telecasters and Stratocaster. (sorry for posting twice)
#12
Oh, is your edit button broken too?

EDIT: Wait, mine isn't, so yours must be working fine. Use the edit button, instead of double posting.
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#15
Are you going to relic it too?

Good luck finding those stickers...
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#16
im not going to relic it but i might have the one sticker just painted on



so are telecasters 2 peices?
#17
They can be any number of pieces, from 1 to 7. They can be even made of 7 ply, but that isn't recommended.

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Alright fellow UGers, after many months of browsing this forum and watching you all work on your own builds I have decided to give it a go. I have woodshop this semester at my school so then is when I plan on doing so.
Now I kinda would like to build a Telecaster but I dont personally own one so im kinda unsure as how im going to do this. So where can I get build plans for a Fender Telecaster?

I plan on making this build a sort of Joe Strummer tribute (the clash) but Im having troubles finding out what type of wood his tele was and im unsure of the year too

thanks for your help, I hope to make this build work!!


Just a note on the plans/templates. The drawings from guitarbuild.com are inaccurate as are the templates from guitarbuilding templates. The plans fro the MIMF are probably your best bet.
#22
alright, is that where u got your plans dave293 cause your tele looks really good!!
#23
No, I bought templates from guitarbuildingtemplates and also used alot of measurements i got of the net. But I think I would have been better off with the plan and making my own templates.
#24
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They can be any number of pieces, from 1 to 7. They can be even made of 7 ply, but that isn't recommended.

By the way, thanks for the endorsement, Lespaulmarshall

That is so sig worthy lol, well the bit up there...^^^^^^^^^
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#25
Ok now where to begin... Im building a telecaster too, I havent started yet, but ive done a lot of research. Im a student aswell in highscool and im doing it for a very big and important project. So for wood, well thats all a matter of preference, if you want to try to exactly replicate the telecaster the best you can, I would go for a swamp ash body or an alder body, they are both very good light weight woods. A telecaster is about 1 3/4" Thick. Im not sure if someone was wondering about the thickness of one but theres the measurement for those who need to know. Now for the template, I got mine off GuitarBuild Go to the download section and you should be able to search for the Telecaster CAD file. To open these CAD files (for those who didnt know) you should use ABviewer. Search it on google and get it. I like this program because it can print full scale, im sure otheer CAD software can do that too. Anyways there should be an option in the printing window for printing full scale. SInce your a student like me, Im guessing your on a budget. Im getting my parts from GuitarFetish, there parts are very good for there prices (so ive heard) and there pickups, although cheap are very good for there vallue. Ive heard like 80% good comments from there pickups. Hmm Neck, if you want a cheap one you can go buy a Mightymite neck off ebay for about 90$ USD which is a good deal I guess. Ohh and another great community for information is Project Guitar They have given me a lot of valuable information. I dont mean to advertise sorry If you need any more questions please ask me ill be glad to help anyone!
#28
Are you sure you want to start off building with a neck? I'm not sure that you'd be ready to take on a neck, you could buy a premade neck, or one with a paddle headstock and just shape it yourself.
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#29
There is no reason why he can't make a neck for his first guitar. The neck is the fun part.
#30
I agree to the fact that its the fun part too, its where people looks for the identity of the guitar