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  • #31

    Re: Building an Electric Guitar

    And here's a "mockup" of what this will look like with the bridge and pickups laid in place. (before I stained the body...)

    The binding, pickup covers and switch tip are all cream coloured, which really looks sweet with the sapwood strip through the body.

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    • #32

      Re: Building an Electric Guitar

      That looks like an epic build. I love everything about it. And you have corrected the worst part of a Tele; the headstock. Your design is pretty sharp. Looking forward to seeing it done. going P90?

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      • #33

        Re: Building an Electric Guitar

        Originally posted by WoodBob View Post
        This project is captivating! I don't recall ever seeing a guitar with spalted wood. Beautiful!
        Thanks Bob.
        I've done a couple others with spalted maple.

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        • #34

          Re: Building an Electric Guitar

          Aside from applying some finish, the body is pretty much done.

          So a few more things need to be done with the neck. The fretboard needs to have a 12" radius, so I use a sanding block with a reverse radius and some 80 grit sandpaper stuck to it. I chalk up the fretboard so I can monitor my progress, and in about 20 minutes I have it done. Then I go through the grits up to 600 to get an nice shiny surface.

          Sorry for the blurry photos. It was pretty cold that day and I was shivering...

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          • #35

            Re: Building an Electric Guitar

            Looking great. Do you apply some heat to the binding to make it flex easier?
            More stuff of mine at:
            http://watertoneworkshop.blogspot.ca/

            My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5...xPoVDV61AxUdUA

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            • #36

              Re: Building an Electric Guitar

              Then on to fretting.

              I used a fretwire bender to pre-bend my frets to a "slightly tighter than" 12" radius... Cut them to rough length for each position... Then press them in using my drill press (unplugged) and a caul with a matching radius. I apply a bit of yellow glue in the slots first. When all the frets are pressed in I use some more radiused blocks to clamp everything in place until the glue dries. This helps ensure are the frets are as level with each other as possible.

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              • #37

                Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                Originally posted by Jim DaddyO View Post
                Looking great. Do you apply some heat to the binding to make it flex easier?
                On this body style I only warm it up a bit in the really tight corner where I start. The rest of it will bend enough without any problems.

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                • #38

                  Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                  Originally posted by ShoestringMariner View Post
                  That looks like an epic build. I love everything about it. And you have corrected the worst part of a Tele; the headstock. Your design is pretty sharp. Looking forward to seeing it done. going P90?
                  Thanks.
                  I actually like the normal Tele headstock. ;)
                  and yes,,, P90's. They are my overall favorite pickup.

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                  • #39

                    Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                    Are the wiring channels already cut? If not, I'm very curious how their done.

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                    • #40

                      Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                      Originally posted by carbonBased View Post
                      Are the wiring channels already cut? If not, I'm very curious how their done.

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                      I've already done it on this guitar and didn't take any pics, but here are a couple shots from a previous project. All you need is a long drill bit and good aim and go in through the neck pocket, where it won't be seen.

                      Since I added a "cap" on the body of the current one, I could have also routed the channels for the wiring before I glued the cap on.

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                      • #41

                        Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                        Originally posted by UpperCanadaGuitars View Post

                        Thanks.
                        I actually like the normal Tele headstock. ;)
                        and yes,,, P90's. They are my overall favorite pickup.
                        Well you have great taste otherwise...j/k, to each their own. The headstock debate is right up there with thebody construction debates, isn’t it?
                        I’m a P90 fan too. The binding looks great also. Again, epic build...keep the pics coming

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                        • #42

                          Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                          My next step is to level and dress the frets. Unfortunately I do not have many photos of this step.
                          First I trim and bevel the fret ends and then file off any sharp burrs left behind.
                          Then I adjust the truss rod until the fretboard is perfectly flat. I check this with a notched straightedge and a feeler gauge.
                          After that I check that the frets are level with a regular straightedge and feeler gauge. I check in the middle and along each edge.
                          If I find any high spots I mark them with a sharpie. I file those spots down and double check each one individually with a "fret rocker" across the high fret and the ones on either side. I did such a good job fretting this neck I only had a couple spots to deal with.
                          Once all the frets are perfectly level I polish them with micro mesh right up to about 15000 grit.

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                          • #43

                            Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                            I didn't know a Tele could look so good! Thanks for the thread, I really want to hobby build some guitars myself and quite enjoy reading other people's builds.

                            I also checked out your website, wicked. Only problem I see so far with the guitars you make is none are an Iceman!

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                            • #44

                              Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                              Originally posted by Beaverfever1988 View Post
                              I didn't know a Tele could look so good! Thanks for the thread, I really want to hobby build some guitars myself and quite enjoy reading other people's builds.

                              I also checked out your website, wicked. Only problem I see so far with the guitars you make is none are an Iceman!

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                              And none ever will be...

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                              • #45

                                Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                                John,

                                This thread of yours is very inspirational to those considering making an instrument, so thanks ever so much for taking the time to document and share it with all of us!

                                Would you have a recommendation for a guitar kit? That may be the easiest way to get into guitar making...

                                Again, great thread!
                                All the best,

                                Marty

                                President of Kingston Wood Artisans https://kwoodartca.wordpress.com/

                                Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club

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