Telecaster build

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  1. beerbelly

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    Moved this from 'Astrocaster ukulele build' in the Lounge, since it kinda started there.

    I bought a really beautifully figured Telecaster neck a while back, and put it on a custom body I built. The combination didn't look right anymore, so it's going on a new unfinished Telecaster body I found on ebay from 'ToneBomb' in Canada. It's Alder, with real nice grain and clean routing. The plan is a Gibson cherry color scheme, with the amber neck and a black pickguard, something like this Googled image. The pickups will be from a Squier Classic Vibe Tele, with 250k pots, Orange Drop capacitor, Fender 3-way switch, and Switchcraft jack. I'm using Wilkinson compensated brass saddles in the bridge, and may slap an ashtray on it.

    I did some finish sanding, applied a couple of sealer coats, and got the transparent cherry color on today. Many clear coats to follow.

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    Oh, so the Tele's getting the cherry finish, not the Shark? That's even more awesome! Makes me wish I 1) could decently pick chords, and 2) had the money to buy that Tele from you when it's finished.
     
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    Had to get an idea of what it would look like:

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    Are you familiar with O'Vadka guitars?
     
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    No, but it does sound like an Irish liquor...
     
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    More like Irish Vodka....;)
     
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    O'Vadka haha...i love it
     
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    First few clear coats on. This is when the color starts taking on depth, and the grain starts showing.

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    I've got all the clear coats on now. I'm real impressed with this new Mohawk clear lacquer I found. I used to use Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer, but Mohawk has bought Behlen and I think their products are slowly disappearing. This Mohawk comes in ready-to-spray quarts (no reducer needed) and goes down real shiny.

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    Mocked up with final clear coats (before cut & buff), with 3-ply pickguard, bridge, ashtray and control wiring:
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    Wow, it's coming out quite gorgeous!
     
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    When is your first Gig? Are you playing Vegas this year??
    Let me know so I can plan accordingly..
     
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    Ha Ha; good one Huevos! I'm all thumbs when it comes to playing.
     
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    Wet sanded from 600 to 1500 today. You can really see the shine starting to build:

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    Bowling alley wax or some such next?

    Partaking Hamm's in betwixt sanding strokes?
     
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    "Partaking Hamm's in betwixt sanding strokes?"
    Wet sanding and wet sander both require lubricant...

    I used to hand polish; then I wised up and bought this cool little 3" random orbit polisher from Griot's Garage. I use Meguier's polishing products usually.

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    Gettin' shiny:

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    Ooooh, pretty! How many hydraulic sandwiches are required to achieve that level of shine?
     
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    Both of us start glowing after wobble pop #3...
     
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    Done! This is always the most stressful part of the job, because you're dealing with a freshly polished paint job. One dropped tool, one hot solder droplet, and you're devastated. But no issues on this one, and it sounds like a Tele should- twangy and spanky on the bridge pickup. And check out the beautiful contrast in the woods- I've never come across a neck with that much figuring.

    done front.JPG done back.JPG done front angle.JPG wood contrast.JPG
     
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