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  1. so officially starting up my next project... 3 teles. Working on templates for now, and have setup my body blanks... but figured I'd kick the build thread off. so first up... "The Broadchaser". Planning this to be sort of a 'modern classic' - vintage looks with modern electronics (more than likely 6 way rotary). The main milestone here will be doing a relic finish. This one I'm calling the "Gipsum Les Flaws". Sort of tongue in cheek - not sure if I'll stick with the inlay/name as I don't want to anger the gods... but this should be a carved flame top over a quilt ma
  2. 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 yo
  3. 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 m
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 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,
  10. 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.....
  11. 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
  12. 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 pul
  13. 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.
  14. 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:
  15. 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
  16. 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 othe
  17. 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 po
  18. 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
  19. 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 th
  20. 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 co
  21. 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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