My first Tele build, what am I thinking???

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  1. TKOjams

    TKOjams Well-Known Member

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    Still shooting lacquer and wanted to show off the amazing grain in this piece.

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    TKOjams Well-Known Member

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    It has a few natural edges around it, but it's a tele right?
     
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    Ken, I'm not a Tele guy but this one is makin me drool
     
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    Nore am I, but this wood is insane.:yesway:
     
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    which bridge did you get from StewMac. I got a Tele build coming up and was thinkin
    of getting the Gotoh Modern Tele Bridge
     
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    I used that bridge on a tele that I just assembled. I like it a lot. :yesway:
     
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    Have you considered a Calaham ?
     
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    Yet ! :D

    That Tele of yours is definitely looking great !:yesway:
     
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    I'm a huge proponent of perfect intonation. Having six individual saddles is the only way to achieve this, yet still keep the classic tele bridge style.
     
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    Beginners luck.:D
     
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    No such thing :hmm::D
     
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    Besides , after 3 beers , no one cares .
     
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    There's always someone who cares, and if it has to be someone, it should be the guy who builds it. LOL :D
     
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    OMG, I'm going to be doing drop fills for ever!!! Some body shoot me now!!!!:shock:
    I did the first round on the back three days ago, did the first round on the front tonight...Honestly, there has to be at least a hundred so far. I don't care what this wood looks like, it totally sucks to finish.
     
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    I drop filled doth sides over the past week or so..

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    Here's the front after wet sanding with 400 grit.

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    here it is with some naphtha on it

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    when it's ready it'll get a final coat of lacquer, mixed 50/50 with thinner, but I have a ways to go before that happens.
    I haven't even started drop filling the sides yet, that may take a while to complete.
     
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    I was going to finish clear coating a guitar the other day when I noticed a little fine line between the headstock veneer and the mahogany. Took the entire weekend just to get rid of it. Each time I thought 'well that'll do 'er', but of course I'd come back in an hour and it would have sunk a little

    too bad you didn't opt for the 'distressed' look....
     
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    Yeah, that would've saver a ton of time, but I'm not a fan of distressing/relicing. I like my finishes to look the best I can get them when the instrument is done. That being said... I am leaving some natural edges on the guitar.
     
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    my first viewing of this thread. since i'm building a couple of tele's i figured this would be a good place to start. this thing is absolutely killer, dude. terrific job. you have confirmed something i have been flirting with. i have a large piece of cherry burl i've been hoarding for apx 20 years. guess what's gonna happen to it...

    really nice job, ken.
     
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