Gonna start a new tele... bought this:

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  1. mojocaster.com

    mojocaster.com Member

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    Dig the thin layer of maple between the flamed koa and the mahogany back:

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    I plan on using a set of Lollar 52s I have kicking around the parts bin. As for the neck, I recently bought a highly flamed maple Tele neck, but I am afraid that maple against koa body may look weird. As a matter of fact, I don't recall seeing a koa body mated to a maple neck before... thoughts?

    Here's the neck:

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  2. spikeRI

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    heck wid da rulz.............cool body+cool neck=cool guitar
     
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    Nice score on the body! Is the board on the neck maple as well? If so then visually these koa Charvel's may give you a general idea of what it would look like (scroll down a bit):

    http://www.themusiczoo.com/charvelguitars.htm

    Certainly not similar in concept, but wood-wise it might help. I dig it.
     
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  5. Pete Galati

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    Both the body and neck look great.

    Take a picture of the neck on the body, & see how they look together
     
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    Oh snap! That wood is killer
     
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    as soon as I get the body I will. I already have the neck and it is stunning. I hope this body will be on par with the neck :)


     
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    I can hear that sucker twangin' from here!
     
  9. mojocaster.com

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    Well, looked around the parts bin, and I have the following:

    1. pickups: a set of OC Duffs and a set of Lollar 52s. I think I will keep the OC Duffs for the Crook I am thinking about getting.
    2. Fender US bridge w/ saddles. Will do the trick.
    3. Pots & switch, already wired up.
    4. Neck plate and screws.

    What I still need:

    1. A nut. No idea what I am going to get there... any feedback would be appreciated.
    2. knobs. I am thinking I want some wicked knurled ones... or maybe some wooden ones. What do you guys think of that?
    3. Tuners. I suppose some Klusons will do... haven't bought tuners in a while. What do you guys think?
     
  10. Gasp100

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    Mojocaster, do you sell any partscasters or just keep building them? I'm a huge partscaster fan and appreciate great work when it's done right (I'm a partscaster noob ;)
     
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    The neck is stunning and the body looks very nice too.

    A set of Klusons and Callaham knobs ought to get you there.
     
  12. mojocaster.com

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    I PM'ed you in case the answer would not be appropriate for this forum. Thanks for the question :)
     
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    I think you read my mind.

    What about the nut? What do you guys recommend these days? :)
     
  14. Jon K.

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    Hi Mojocaster,

    Sorry I can't recommend a nut (although I'm thinking about trying a TUSQ nut). But I LOVE that body. I spent some time looking for something like that, but I eventually settled on a maple on mahogany tele body. Mine looks pretty nice, but I have to admit that seeing yours is giving me some pangs of regret! I think that a rosewood board would be an awesome match for that body. Good luck with the build.

    Jon

    BTW, I just came back from Hawaii. I was dissappointed to find that koa is just as expensive there as it is in the contiguous 48 :(
     
  15. mojocaster.com

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    Now you need to post pics of your project... that's how it works, you know ;)
     
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    I owned a similar flame koa/flame maple tele once. I went with gold hardware and a Duncan PhatCat so I didn't have to use a pickguard. Here are some pictures with both flame maple and rosewood necks. I liked the flame maple look just fine.

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    I like your body better: Mine was koa top and 5-pc. (!) basswood back.
     
  17. mojocaster.com

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    Wow, that's a beautiful guitar!
     
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    Feel free to copy it. I was very pleased with the outcome. I still have the flamey neck on a spare partscaster.
     
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    I like the phat cat in the bridge, but I just bought a 3-P90 tele-shaped guitar, so I think I will stick with a trad tele neck pickup on this one, which will also save me from having to route it.

    Although thinking of it, I'd like to stick a mini-hum in there... hmmm food for through!
     
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