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  1. Hi guys (and gals)! I am not just new to this site, but to guitar building as well. I have created a YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6U6BfZTF3u_K2G-rql_HsQ ) to document my progress. Once I complete a build, it will be given away to one of my subscribers who comments on at least one video of the build series. I am certain I will make mistakes and do things differently from how the awesome luthiers on this site would and I welcome your feedback. The first video is a review of the inexpensive kit I am using for my first build. You can see it here. I look forward to your comments and critiques.
  2. Hey, totally new here and to this! I’m going to cut straight to the point. The other day I made a spontaneous buy off EBay. A Baldwin Epoch Les Paul “ by Gibson” Body only. I want to build my next guitar, I’m starting with a low budget and if it turn out good and I’m good at it I’ll make a better more expensive one in the future. After researching the guitar after buying the body, I noticed a guy in America has actually used this body on a build of his own. He put a telecaster neck onto it which looked great and I’m a sucker for a telecaster. The thing that kept going through my head was “ the scale” I think a telecaster is 648mm and a Les Paul is 628mm? On a Chinese site I found a telecaster neck which states it 628mm. Can anybody advise me if this will work?? thanks
  3. Hi there, I'm completely new to guitar building and have an unfinished custom thinline Tele design body I need to treat and finish. The body is swamp ash and I really want to make good use of the grain patterns and give it a charcoal stain look. I'm aiming for something like the attached photo, if possible. I'm looking for advice for the best way to achieve this and on the stains (brands/colours) to use. If anyone could help me out and point me in the right direction, it'd be much appreciated. Many thanks! Alz
  4. So I've finally started on my first ever guitar build. "Nozcaster" = a bit of Nocaster + derivative of my nickname "Norris" I have joined a guitar building "club" that meets for 2 hours on a Monday night, and for my weekly subscription I get access to a lot of people who have built before and a lot of machine tools that I don't have at home (and trade prices for most of the parts!). Due to a large amount of household DIY on the go, plus a wife that is keen for me to get on with that, progress on the guitar will be a little slow & steady for the time being. For my first project I have chosen something relatively simple - my own take on a thinline telecaster. However I'm then going to complicate things a bit by doing some carving on the top, binding all round, and using fountain ink as dye (check out the lovely colours made by Diamine - I have gone for "Florida Blue"). I've spoken to a few people that have used ink as dye, and they have got some very good results and say it is colour-fast and won't fade. Specifications are pretty much standard telecaster, but I'll be making a two piece neck with dual action truss rod that adjusts at the nut. Unfortunately the chap that was going to lend me some plans forgot to bring them on week one, so I ended up drawing round a US telecaster that my mate (guitarist in my band) has lent me for the duration. I managed to get one template roughed out of 6mm MDF, that I then tidied up at home and used to route another 2 templates. Week One - Some templates And then this week I got wood English light ash for the back of the body (apparently the same species as swamp ash) - before I squared it up Flamed maple top piece - squared up ready to join (and showing quite nice figuring even when dry) The gluing will have to wait until next Monday.The neck pieces were just ordered as plain maple, although the main neck shows a smattering of birds eye whorls.
  5. Hi everyone! This is my first post - and first build - so bear with me if I'm still learning! In summary, my uncle has offered me a guitar body that he made and routed before he retired as a carpenter; I haven't seen it yet, but I'm told it has a Tele-shaped basswood body, with body cuts and is routed for a floyd rose bridge and 4 pickups - two humbuckers at the bridge, and two single coils at the neck. I've been looking into what to do with this, and I decided that it would be fun to try and fill all four routs, however, my experience regarding guitar wiring is limited at best, and this is not a design I can simply find a standard wiring guide to online! A friend of mine is able to help me with a lot of the basics - he suggested 4 individual pickup switches might work better than one rotary 7 way switch - but I'm not too sure how to connect it all up. So really, I have the following questions: I'm looking at the Rolling Mill (PAF) and Steel Foundry (Tele) pickups from Iron Gear, but would you suggest that having a bridge-neck, bridge-neck arrangement would work? Would these pups fit together? And secondly, theoretically, without seeing the guitar, how would you wire this kind of arrangement? I should be getting the guitar this week, so when I do, I'll upload some photos for you all to look at. Otherwise, I'm open to any and all suggestions about where to go with the project - thanks in advance for any help you can give! Oliver.
  6. I'd like to have a Rosewood Thinline Tele with Bigsby. For cost consideration it could be from parts such as Warmoth. The neck need not be rosewood (ebony?). In fact if there's a wood with good vertical grain a stained guitar would be fine. (And yes, I realize the pickguard is covering the F hole but I far prefer this pickguard style (perhaps the screw hole can move a half inch to the center and the old hole filled). Cost?
  7. Been playing with some different patinas on copper pickguards for Telecaster and have really liked some of the results lately. The issue I'm having is that most clear coats that I've tried tend to dull the colors or at least alter them in some way. The copper gets more bronze-like and the colors get less intense etc, which is a real bummer. Any suggestions for a coat that won't affect my finishes? Thanks, Doc Holladay
  8. Hey all, new to this site and hoping someone on here can help a brother out! Yesterday I replaced the bridge pickup in my telecaster (a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails) with a Rio Grande Vintage Tallboy (single coil), and I have since lost all connection in Bridge and Middle positions. I redid the solders, and to no avail -- still no signal coming through. The switch is brand new as well, and it was all working before I took the Hot Rails out, so I am at this point dumbfounded as to what the problem may be. When I was troubleshooting, I came across this -- when I am in the Middle position, I am getting signal from the neck pickup as long as the hot wire from my bridge pickup is not touching the switch. The moment I touch the hot wire from my bridge pickup to the switch, the signal gives out. Does this indicate a short circuit? Hoping someone on here has some experience they could share, or any ways I could troubleshoot this to see what the issue is. Thanks for your time -- any assistance is appreciated.
  9. I'm starting up a solid walnut Telecaster Deluxe build. The body is English walnut sides with Black American walnut center stripe. The top will be a goldtop with black pickguard and hardware. P-90 pickups with deluxe style controls. The neck will be Black American Walnut with a Rosewood board. Currently I have the body wood milled down, glued up, and rough cut to shape. The routed to shape. Got the neck milled down and roof cut. Then routed to shape and installed a Paduak skunk stripe. I will be updating this thread throughout the entire build.....
  10. Hey Everyone! Welcome to my new thread on my first proper guitar build! I've been designing this for a while and I'm currently doing an accurate drawing of what it will look like. I had help from people like @ScottR, @curtisa and more to progress in my design and make it better. So thank you to all of them. Here is the link to that thread. Just so you know, I have experience with woodworking and others so I'm not going into this with nothing. The Design So I have been designing off of a telecaster, shape wise, as I have always loved the shape. Other guitars I have designed from include a PRS, Gibson and one of my current guitars, a Lag Arkane. It is a 25" scale with 24 Frets. To start this whole project off, I drew round my Lag Arkane body to get a rough outline. Then I shaped the guitar from that, adding the Telecaster shape. The headstock I designed off a PRS and a guitar that an old guitar buddy was given, a Seraph Sabre. Look him up, Jon Beedle. Here's the original rough design shape of both guitar and headstock. After I got the rough design, I attempted at creating an accurate design however it failed because of improper measurements. So I scrapped it, you can see it in the other thread. The Hardware and other stuff Wood I've been looking into different kinds of wood for this guitar, however I finalised on Black Korina for the body. I made this decision because 1 I like the wood and 2 I can get my hands on it quite easily! I'll need two halves of it so I can route out the middle of the guitar and then glue the top over it (If that makes sense). For the neck I was thinking just Mahogany as I have a lot of very old mahogany to use. It's about 200 years old! and then an ebony fretboard. Electronics I'm thinking humbuckers, don't know what yet (leave suggestion if you wish) but one in the bridge, one in the neck. I was looking into P90s but i'd rather use pickups I'm familiar with at first. I will have the input on the front, like an SG with two Tone and a Volume Knob. I'm hoping to use a Gibson switch as my selector for pickups. Other Stuff The bridge is cheap (£16) but I don't wast anything expensive at the moment. I got it from Northwest Guitars. It's a hardtail and it's chunky which is what I wanted. Currently up to this day I only have this. The Build Last night, 18/02/17, I embarked on a new adventure. I had the advice of people on the other thread, had the equipment, had the pride so I set off drawing a new design. I started by placing my ruler down on the table and drawing out a beautifully straight 25" line for my High E to nut scale. I then made a mark where the 24th fret will be and drew a line 90 degrees to it (you'll see in the pictures) and then added 3mm and that is where my pickup shall go. At the Bridge end of the scale length, I got my bridge that I bought and measured it up to the line with my High E. (My High E saddle is protruded 85%-ish-of the way out). I then went about sketching around the bridge. Then I took the Saddles off the bridge and drew the 5 holes where the bridge is screwed on and then the 6 holes for the strings-see images. From there, I got the measurement from E to E which was 54mm and added 4mm to each side. From there I drew a line from the middle marks on the bridge to the Nut in order to get the fretboard width. As shown in the first few drawings. Upon starting this at 11;25 on 19/02/17 this is all I have done. I plan on finishing this drawing soon and then buying the wood and starting!! Next I am going to mark the humbuckers and draw the body shape and headstock.
  11. so, my Ibanez -customizing project has turned into a first build project, so I started a new topic. over the years I have done some customizing: routing for humbuckers, replacing a crappy trem with a Floyd, refretting and radiusing necks. Never have I built a body from scratch , so I'll categorize this as my first build, eventhough I'm reusing the Ibanez neck I have re-radiused and will be refretted. The specs: Tele - style Mahogany body with 6mm Zebrano top (ordered) Dimarzio Paf Joe and Paf-pro humbucking pickups Edge floating trem 1 Volume, 1 Tone (push pull) for single coil switching on custom control plate 250mm radiused neck with zebrano headstock finish no pickguard I've found some online plans for a Tele 72 custom which I've printed out to create a template from. have drawn the routings for the edge trem and humbuckers. The plan is to put the pickup selector in the lower horn. I'd like to find or create a nice custom control plate. Still need some inspiration for that. Here's some pics. Including one of my professional guitar parts storage. wood is on order, I'll get some MDF to make some routing templates from as well. I'm also thinking of making my own control knobs on my old man's lathe. Still thinking about a particular style for the control plate and knobs. to be continued
  12. Hello all! So I spotted this sweet little kit that the previous owner had painted, and for the price I couldn't resist... Since I'm just not the kind of guy to just leave stuff well alone, I was thinking about converting the kit to a headless one. I'm thinking I would just chop off the head and screw a clamping bracket just after the nut. I was looking at some cheap Chinese bridges on AliExpress since the kit doesn't really warrant the money I'd spend on a top notch setup (not sure how to determine compatibility.) Any input would be appreciated and I'll post more pictures when I dig into it. inspiration
  13. Telecaster TEXAS SPIRIT ТЕЛО Форма корпуса: Telecaster Материал корпуса: ольха Тело Top Материал: 0.16 "(4 мм) деревянные мозаичные (мербау, черное дерево, зебрано, вишня, орех, бакаут) Корпус Отделка : Gloss Уретановый ШЕЯ Шея Материал: Японский пепел Шкала Длина: 25.5 "(648 мм) Шея Форма: "C" Shape Накладка Материал: комбинированный индийский палисандр и черное дерево О О Накладка Радиус действия: 9,5 "(241 мм) Количество ладов: 21 Негодуй Размер : Medium Jumbo СИНТОМС Позиция Вкладки: кактусы маркетри палисандр и жемчужные на 12 череп - м ладу Гайка Ширина: 1.650 "(42 мм) Анкерный стержень: двухсторонняя анкера Шея Отделка: Gloss Уретановый ЭЛЕКТРОНИКА Мост Самовывоз: Rio Grande Мюи Grande Tele Мост Самовывоз Шея: Rio Grande Толбой Tele шеи Органы управления : Master Volume, Master Tone Переключение: Dimarzio EP1105 3-позиционный клинка: 1. Позиция мост Самовывоз, 2. должность Мост и шеи Пикапы, 3. Позиция Шея Pickup Конфигурация: SS HARDWARE: Мост: по индивидуальному заказу Построено "Пепельница Урожай" Тарелка мост ЛАТУНЬ Колки: KLUSON® СОВРЕМЕННЫЕ DIECAST ТЮНЕРЫ - 6 IN LINE - ЗОЛОТО Ручки управления: по Построено индивидуальному заказу из латуни Шея Плита: Построено по индивидуальному заказу из латуни
  14. I have just completed my first electric. It's a Lap Steel Guitar loosely based on a Fender Telecaster. Thus the name Fenderesque Tele Lapster. The neck/body are made from a cherry board that I have saved since the early 1980's for a special project and the fret board is flame maple. The components are aftermarket tele parts and a roller bridge & string guides. I decided to go "strings through body" for longer sustain. The cherry lends itself to a very bright yet rich tone. I have her tuned to C 6th tuning at this time but I am considering changing the strings for an open D tuning for blues and country music. Besides I already have a C 6th lap steel for Hawaiian and rock use. I would welcome any comments on my latest project. DocFMF
  15. Project guitar Hello ! Thanks for stopping by ! I am building my first electric guitar (thus me being new on projectguitar.com). I will make a review of my build on YouTube or instructables and I'll gladly share it here, but I'm not finished yet! I need your help with the finish. This is my thinline/Nashville tele. I would have had loads of photos to show you but I still haven't figured out the 501 MB file thing for uploading photos.... Here are a few facts about my build : It is made out of two mahogany panels (each made of two pieces) glued one on top of the other. The "glue line / separation" shows a lot, and I've had to fix some holes on the sides ; I want to hide them. Right now, I have dyed the body brown, sanded it down to give the grain a kick, and I've given it one layer of spray varnish (spray varnish being the closest I could find to spray lacquer) I do not have access to spraying equipment, it's all aerosols for me. I want to give the body a dark burst on the sides but I realized on some scrap wood that the black paint have doesn't look good with the orange wood at all. This is where you can help me : what kind of product and method can I use ? Will it be another type of paint? More dye? Really really dark brown varnish that goes black if I spray it heavily? Thanks for reading, I hope someone has advice!
  16. Hi, first time poster! I have googled around and searched the forum to see if I could find some answers to this question but I've not been able to locate any. Help very much appreciated! I've just finished building my first guitar (Tele copy from premade neck and premade unfinished body) and it looks great and plays lovely! However, I can't get any signal from the bridge pick up. I've looked at several possible issued/solutions but can't figure it out. I'd be very grateful for any advice, as I've not been able to identify any solutions anywhere online and I'm a bit stumped at this point. I'll do it in bullet points for easier reading: pickups are Fender Vintage Noiseless single coils, new out of the box; neck pickup works absolutely fine and sounds great; I raised the bridge pickup until almost touching the strings and it barely made a sound then; if I touch the joint where bridge pickup wire joins the switch with a piece of metal it makes the same sound as if I do this for the neck pickup wire join; if I tap the metal part of the bridge pickup with a metal object you hear this through the amp (possibly not as loud as if I do this with the neck pickup; I have not added an additional ground wire from the pickup to the bridge or control panel. There is a ground wire from the pickup, same as from the neck and I thought this would be sufficient. I believe (and I could be wrong) that all this would do is reduce hum; I also have not yet shielded the cavity, although again I believe this would only serve to reduce hum; when I got a weak signal from the pickup (sounding very metallic / tinny) I looked again at the wiring and saw a point where I had burned the wire casing (although exposed wire inside looked fine). In case this had damaged the wire I cut it back to this point and resoldered but then there was no signal coming through at all. I think this has covered everything, I do have a couple of photos should you want to see them but it's a little chaotic! (First job, and soldering iron is probably a bit too big). If the neck pickup works fine then I assume the problem has to be somewhere between the point in the switch it joins and the pickup itself. Potentially a bad solder join, but I've redone the joint several times already without success. Thanks in advance for your help, and I've enjoyed looking around at some of the guitars built in here! I may post my first effort once I've got the pickups resolved (I'm waiting to get this done before I screw a few last things down).
  17. Hello there, A long time ago I picked up an old, unknown telecaster body which has a three piece body with relatively pleasant grain. I've sanded it down and now I have a few questions/dilemmas. Pics: 1. I would like to go for a S/S pickup combination as I've already got four guitars with humbuckers. However, it seems that the routing doesn't quite accommodate a single pickup, unless I was to adjust the hole. Secondly, it seems to be wider than the metal bridge plate. Which probably means I'd have to cover it up somehow nicely (For example adding a nice timber trimming around the metal bridge plate. Also, what are the three holes on the left side of the bridge? 2. I've got a strat neck for it (unknown again) and it seems to fit alright. However, does the distance from the bridge to the neck nut matter if we are to consider the intonation and stuff. Or can it shift sideways a bit (3) ? (eg closer to the body or further as at the moment the holes in the neck don't quite match those in the body). Then, what about the height from the surface of the fingerboard to the surface of the body (1)? And lastly, the strat neck has got a round end which I imagine would have to be sanded in order to get a flush fit (2) Idea: I'm tempted to go for black hardware and combine it with a bit of african blackwood that I've got (for the switch cover plate, as well as neck pickup). Just to clarify, this is a little project for myself just to play with tools and see what's what, I'm perfectly aware that I will probably end up f..... it up Thanks!
  18. Hello My name is Tyson, Im new here. I would like to assemble a guitar from parts, possibly. I joined my first band 5 years ago, bought a MIM Strat, my friend upgraded the pickups, I love this guitar will not get rid of it. However it has a tremolo bridge, which i do not like. not into tremolos. I dont like guitars that go out of tune when a string breaks. I blocked it off, but the guitar didn't feel as good after, So i put it back the way it was. My other guitar is a frankinstein aria my friend gave me, this thing has some great qualities, it has one dirty fingers humbucker in the neck. hum wired to a pot so you can blend one of the coils, making it a single coil. Rosewood fret board super silky, sounds great. However , bolt on neck with no plate, has to be re set alot. also pots are shitty. looks really bad, What I want Rosewood fret board Hardtail Strat or tele body. not super important just like em Quaity pickups quailty neck Tunning stability quality hardware Thats the basic idea, this is my first time, I dont really care about brand names, I care about reliabilty and sound. I have no idea about: Musical qualities of wood... what woods for the body to stay away from what companies have decent hardware Are there good donor guitars? could I buy somthing cheap and change a few things? Budget $550 Thanks any help would be apprecitated Tyson
  19. Hey there! I've had a "first guitar" project going on for over a year now. Slowly making progress, or was it regress? That's what I need to know now. Without checking if it was possible I chose to mix electronics/hardware from PRS and Fender Telecaster. When I reached the wiring stage of the guitar build I hit the wall. I've done some research, but still don't know how this should be done. It would really make my day if one of you could download the picture, do a paint drawing on top of it that displays what should go where. So here's what I have - Fender noiseless bridge single coil with black and yellow wire (and the white and black extra wire and that red thing with two pins) - PRS 245 bass humbucker with one wire - PRS input jack with one wire - Standard telecaster control plate hardware and pots Here's a link to a bigger version of the image if needed http://i.imgur.com/wUYZ8xX.jpg I have a huge bag of lessons learned from this project... And they are all pretty visible on the guitar
  20. I am building a 12 string Gretsch Tele. Here's a video of where I am at on the build. I'll post pics soon.
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