Semi Hollow Telecaster Build

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  1. Jackie M

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    One day my oldest boy asked me if I had a guitar he could use.
    Unfortunately mine are lefty and I thought it would be a perfect present, if I could build his first guitar before his 16th birthday. He hasn't determined his music style yet, also he is not expecting gorgeous guitar. He simply wants to have a decent one he can start with to learn music.
    I decided to go with Telecaster-based, a little bit personalized design that would be good for him.
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    Body : Semi-hollow, maple top, alder back
    Neck : Typical bolt-on, 25-1/2" scale, 22 frets, maple/walnut 5-ply
    Fingerboard : Maple (laminated)
    Pickups : 3 X P90 (non brand)
    Tuners : Gotoh SG381 diecast
    Bridge : Gotoh GTC101 with solid brass saddles


    As always, the first thing to do is making templates.

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    Semi-hollow body is light weight and it would be convenient for my boy to practice unplugged at night too.


    A lot of holes by drill press before routing chambers
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    Then made clean cut by pin router
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    After this, I laminated 6mm thick maple cap and cut the body outline.
    (I forgot to take a picture of this process)

    Making neck pocket and pickup cavities with this template.
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    Attaching body binding
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    Does anyone know what type of glue is the best for binding ?
    'Bind-All' from Stew Mac seems to be a good one but I'm in Japan and they can't ship flammable item outside the US.


    Body completed.
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    Next is neck making ....
     
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    Quarter sawn maple and walnut, 5-ply neck is basically for stability but tone should become a little more focused.
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    Making truss rod slot
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    and rough-cut of neck outline
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    Now making fingerboard
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    My boy likes simple position markers. Very easy.
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    Neck outline routed and ready to glue the fingerboard.
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    I modified the headstock shape slightly bigger just for my personal preference.
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    Fingerboard glued.
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    Shaving neck back
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    I use Shinto's saw rasp too. Very powerful.
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    Making fingerboard radius ...
    This box jig is to guide the radius block. The aluminum neck supports are height adjustable.
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    Fretting
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    Making bone nut
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    Next is Tru-oil finish ...

    It was the first time for me to try Tru-oil and I learned it by doing. Following is how I did but I believe more experienced people should know better ways.

    First, I thoroughly applied Tru-oil with a small rag to let it soak into wood. After 10 minutes or so, I wiped off excess oil and dried over night.
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    From the second coat, I applied Tru-oil very thin at a time as even as possible. Once the oil runs, it will be a lot of work to smooth the surface without sanding-through.
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    Wet-sanding on maple fingerboard between frets and cleaning fret wires were time consuming.
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    I applied Tru-oil 20 times, wet-sanding with 600 grid every 2-3 coats. At last, I did 1000 grid wet sanding then hand-polishing with fine & extra-fine polishing compound.
    I spent 4 weeks to complete the Tru-oil finish.
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    Finally, mission completed a week before my boy's birthday !
    I hope he enjoys playing this.
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    Control system is volume, tone & typical 5-position switch and 150k & 0.001uF are on volume pot for high pass.
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