#1
Hi there,

Finally I have the time to start building my new guitar, it's going to be a H-H tele!

Here are the specs:

- 2 piece Swamp Ash body (tru-oil finish)
- compound radius 24 fret maple warmoth Baritone TE conversion neck (also tru-oil finished)
- swineshead warthog in bridge and runaway in neck (white plastic)
- pearl pickguard
- 1 tone, 1 vol., 3-way, 2 SPDT's for coil spitting



I ran into a little problem in the bridge area as my body is from allparts and the TE humbucker bridge I ordered doesn't fit it, so I think I will fit it with a hardtail strat bridge and use a flat chrome pickup ring for the bridge bucker. The neck I still need to order (I am not doing that myself, no woodworking equipment), but the body is already on it's way to a nice tru-oil finish.

When I get home (at uni now) I will post some pics of the ash body.
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
Last edited by Octavianus at May 25, 2008,
#2
Here are pictures of the guitar's body, there are already quite a few tru-oil coats on there, but there will be a few more before I polish it. Also, the pickguard will be in tomorrow



Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#3
Looks nice. Personally i prefer H-H tele's with no pickguard, but should still be pretty cool.
Made me more eager to start My tele project up again :p


Will keep track of this build good luck.
#5
im gonna subscribe to this cos i love natural finished teles
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#6
this is going to be epic.
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#7
your neck, assuming its a one piece maple, WILL warp with an oil finish. just thought id let you know, give it a bi-laminate and you will be good. doesnt matter if its quarter sawn, aged 1000 years, whatever. gravity/physics will rule no matter what.
#8
Yeah, I know oiled necks are prone to warping, but this is not technically an oil, it's a varnish. Tru-oil hardens like a varnish, it does not harden like pure tung oil.

Just bought some antique furniture wax, today I will lightly buff it with 0000 steel wool, apply one more coat of tru-oil monday it's on to waxing
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#9
dont bufff it with 0000 steel wool, it leaves small miniscule scratches in your finish. buff it with a drill buffer or something, with some polishing compound. dont give it time to cake on either, do the whipe on, whipe off thing.

and trust me, from experience, tru-oil does no better than any other oil, it just makes it shinier.
#10
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dont bufff it with 0000 steel wool, it leaves small miniscule scratches in your finish. buff it with a drill buffer or something, with some polishing compound. dont give it time to cake on either, do the whipe on, whipe off thing.

and trust me, from experience, tru-oil does no better than any other oil, it just makes it shinier.


You could wipe it too! :P

And yeah, use a cloth to buff it! Would you buff with fine sandpaper? No. So why use any grade of steel wool?

This should be pretty, but it's a shame they couldn't have made the body one piece, joined it down the middle, or bookmatched it NICELY.
#11
That's the reason why I opt for the pickguard, to hide bits of the uglier piece of wood :P

And I only buff it with steelwool before putting on a coat of tru-oil, the last coat will be waxed without buffing it with steelwool in between.

The pikcguard is in so I took a picture with it laying on the body, look much prettier already

Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#13
Because I like the look and because the wood underneath is not exactly pretty.

Besides, there are no control holes in het pickguard, I will drill a hole in the semi circle where the control plate is supposed to be and fit my volume knob in there, I think it will look nice. If my body piece was better matched wood-wise, I might have opted for no pickguard.
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#14
oiled necks are prone to warping? Oh ****.. wish someone told me that lol.
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oiled necks are prone to warping? Oh ****.. wish someone told me that lol.


yeah i didnt knwo that either, good thing i havnt bought a neck yet for my build. what necks are good for oil finish? mahogany?ebony? rosewood?
#16
Yes, oiled necks are prone to warping, oil doesn't keep out the moisture and sweat like a hard finish does.

I am not worried though, tru-oil is specially designed for gunstocks, which need to be very resistant to moisture etc., so I think it will be fine. Warmoth for example does not give a warranty on your neck if you tung oil it, but will give a warranty if you use tru-oil.

Just don't use 100% tung oil or stuff like that.

I can't wait for my last coats of tru-oil to cure, than I only need to wax it for a nice shiny finish, it will have about a month to cure, in the meantime I will try to get some money for the neck and gather the other hardware (pickups I already have).
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#18
So, one more layer of tru-oil to go and than i's on to waxing.

I have decided to go for a baritone neck, so this will be a baritone guitar! I never liked the fact that when I have multiple guitars, I always tend to favour one above the other. A.K.A, one is always collecting dust. By making this one a baritone I hope to avoid never using this guitar in favour of my les paul. Besides, I always wanted a baritone!

It's going to be a maple neck, rosewood fretboard and 12" radius. I will order it soon, and dull up the finish (it's pre-finished) with steel wool.

So, pictures of the finished body will be in tuesday
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#20
Nope it's a replacement neck that fits a standard tele, the neck is longer and adjusts the scale length, I believe the scale will be about 28".
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#21
Ok, another update:

The oiling is still in progress, there is some grain still to be filled, I am currently mixing in teak oil, it brings out the grain more, but takes a LOT longer to dry. I also bought some rottenstone and furniture wax, so it should be finished in 1 1/5 week.

I bought a no-tremolo strat bridge from gotoh and a humbucker ring, I also drilled the holes for the controls (1 tone, 1 vol, 3-way and 2 SPDT switches for coil splitting (I hate push/pull)). I also installed my schaller straplocks.

Without further ado, here it is :

Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#22
thats looking cool
My only suggestion is, you could cut another scratch plate as its got the groove from where the control plate on a normal tele would go, I know you can't buy them unless you get them custom cut, i looked everywhere for one.
Thats my only suggestion, other than that, it looks superb (y)
#23
that is lookin pretty darn sexy
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thats looking cool
My only suggestion is, you could cut another scratch plate as its got the groove from where the control plate on a normal tele would go, I know you can't buy them unless you get them custom cut, i looked everywhere for one.
Thats my only suggestion, other than that, it looks superb (y)


I will get a round metal badge ingraved and bolt that in the groove, that's on my long term list though.

Also, I've decided to save up and buy a baritone conversion neck from warmoth in maple with maple fingerboard and mother of pearl dot inlays (will go nicely with the pickguard I reckon).

I am really excited about this baritone, my next build will be a normal guitar though, with all my dream features
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#25
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I will get a round metal badge ingraved and bolt that in the groove, that's on my long term list though.


That sounds cool, never thought of that idea aha. Have some cool logo design or something on it, it will look great.

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Also, I've decided to save up and buy a baritone conversion neck from warmoth in maple with maple fingerboard and mother of pearl dot inlays (will go nicely with the pickguard I reckon).


Yea, should look sweet, and as long as it doesn't mess up the scale length, not sure on how the conversion necks work
#26
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Yea, should look sweet, and as long as it doesn't mess up the scale length, not sure on how the conversion necks work


It basically fits a body of standard dimensions, it converts it to a baritone. The warmoth neck is a 28 5/8" scale, so that pretty long. I am going to put it in B-tuning, and then a capo is all I need to play in C etc.

Can't wait to finally start working on Nottingham Lace :P
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#27
Hi guys, time for an update

I am still finishing the body, the darker piece of ash is really a ***** to fill, which is all good, real swamp ash has been under water and has very large pores, I love how resonant the body is when i just tap it with my hand.

Anyway, I have almost all the little parts in, all electronics, shielding tape etc. The only thing left to get is a nice killswitch (hole for the switch needs to be drilled though) and a neck with tuners.

I decided against the baritone conversion neck and am giong with a warmoth tele neck with a jetblack ebony fretboard with no inlays (I love boards with no inlays).

Should I take a maple neck or go with mahogany, I am afraid the wood-pickup combination might just be a little too bright, or it might sound really good. A mahogany neck would take away a bit of the brightness and add some warmth, but I think the wood will look uglier with the ash body. What do you think?
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1
#28
I would go with a maple neck. I think mahogony would look rather stupid with an ash body unless you painted the neck.
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#30
A rosewood fretboard might warm up the wood combination a bit, bit doesn't look as cool as a no inlay ebony fretboard I think, but maybe it's the best choice soundwise
Gear:
Gibson les paul Studio faded, modded Buckethead style (killswitch, 1 tone, 1 vol)
Taylor Big Baby 306-GB
Modded Cort KX-5, runaway (neck) and warthog (bridge)
Laney VC-15
Digitech Bad Monkey, EH Big Muff, crybaby JH-1