My first build: a Tele

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  1. DYNA BILL

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    So I had a big hunk of black walnut I wanted to do something with. So I planed it down and cut it to shape. Way too heavy. So I chambered it and put a nice looking back on it. The front will get the same treatment after I get all the electronics and stuff.
    I don't know how this is gonna turn out. It may be totally unplayable when I get done.
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    Somehow, I doubt that. Looks like an auspicious start to me.
     
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    Nice wood! Can’t wait to see the results
     
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    looks like you are on the right track to me.
     
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    I suspect you already have a plan, but just in case my only advice at this point (unless you own/have access to a CNC) would be to make the templates for the neck pocket, pickups, etc. substantially oversized so they cover the body. Routing the weight reduction cavities first has left you with very little platform for the router to ride on.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I hogged out the chamber on my drill press before using the router.
    I made a 1/4" lexan template. And you're right, my router did take a little detour from having such a narrow surface to ride on, but no harm done.
     
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    This weekend, I made a router sled like this one. It works great.
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    Yup, looks like a good start. Reminds me that I need to do this at some point, including building my own router sled. Nice job....looking forward to updates.

    So, what's the plan on the neck?
     
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    Gotta love a good jig, and there one is.
     
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    I will purchase the neck. I'm open to suggestions as to provider. I don't even know enough about what radius to decide at this point.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Warmoth necks. Very high quality, and a huge selection of woods and other options to choose from.
     
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    They certainly are highly regarded. That's probably what I'll use.
    I can't believe I'm almost 66 years old and never tried this before.:)
     
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    sometimes I think most of guitar making is actually jig making... you really are on the right track :)

    and don't underestimate your ability to make a guitar neck. a pre-slotted fretboard from stewmac is a nice jump start
     
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    I know what you mean. Lotta things we wish we had or want to do, and the older we get the faster time seems to go by. Get while the gettin's good!
     
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    Color me gel-ous in Vermont!
     
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    Black walnut is typically heavy, IME. I made a few solid Telecaster bodies out of it. They were north of 5 pounds each. (!) But they sold quickly. It was particularly dark black Walnut, guys wanted them to make faux rosewood "tribute" teles was my understanding, and they didn't mind the weight.
     
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    Hadn't spent much time on it for a while, but had a few days last week to get back on it.
    The body weighs in at 3lb. 9oz.
    Now to scrounge up the expensive parts.

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    looking good...
     
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    Thanks!
    Since this is my first ever build, I really don't know where to go from here as far as pickups, bridge, tuners and such.
     
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