NGD! My custom Broadcaster is done

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  1. SPROING!

    SPROING! Member

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    Although I did a build thread on this, I feel entitled to a New Guitar Day thread as a new one is pretty rare for me these days.

    A brief story on the guitar. About 25 years ago, my father in law purchased a large quantity of raw black walnut stock from a mill in Missouri. The wood has been in storage all this time and I obtained some of it a couple of years ago and I've been making guitars from it. This is #4.
    The wood was old growth American black walnut, air dried and not steamed. It's quite hard, is very stiff and is stable. The boards all have a lively note when rapped upon and they have proven to be good guitar wood that yields guitars with unreal sustain.
    This wood has characteristics that I've identified in my builds. It makes for a very punchy, in your face guitar. There's not much "bloom" to anything. More like a "bam." It's pretty neutral in terms of what frequencies it influences. If anything, it enhances mids and high mids some but nearly as much as mahogany. Walnut is often called a bright tonewood but I can say for certain that the batch I have is not nearly as bright as hard maple.
    For this guitar, I started with a big slab for the main body.

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    I did a fair amount of Swiss cheese weight relief to keep weight under control. Walnut is definitely heavy. Lighter than most maple but still heavier than most woods.
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    From there, I split a board open to make a bookmatched top.
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    The neck is a walnut/maple laminate with a Gotoh two way steel channel truss rod. It adds a good deal of stiffness to the neck that I like. Can't stand a spaghetti neck guitar.
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    I steam-bent this piece of thin stock and bent it to create an overlay for the headstock. I chose this piece because the arcs in the grain correspond perfectly to the space of the tuner holes. Finding it was a stroke of sheer luck.
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    The rest of the hardware is as follows:
    Tuning machines: Hipshot open gear with traditional tele buttons added
    Nut: Tusq
    Fret wire: Jescar 47095 (And that's the size....047"x.095")
    Pickguard: Lacquered bakelite
    Pickups: Seymour Duncan "Vintage for Broadcaster" bridge and "Vintage for Telecaster" neck
    Bridge: No name made in USA vintage style from Philadelphia Luthier Tools. (These guys have a huge selection of house brand made in USA parts that are priced with 10% of the import parts. Quality is not boutique but superior to most)
    Control plate: Stainless steel drilled for Switchcraft style toggle
    Pots: CTS 250k low friction
    Knobs: Hipshot chrome with rubber grippy bands
    Fretboard is Indian rosewood
    Total weight is 7 pounds 6 ounces
     
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    Love it, watching your build thread was great, nice job!!
     
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    :aok Very Nice. Loved the build thread too!
     
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    No top hat switch tip? Pass...

    Honestly though, that guitar is beautiful. I envy the skill and patience it would take to make something like that. Excellent work
     
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    Sharp looking...! Really like the walnut & those knobs are killer. I've been checking-in w/ your progress too. Your hard work's paid off...
     
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    Sorry. I just can't learn to love tele switches. I've tried but we just don't get on well.


    Thanks for the kind words, all.
     
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    awesome job - that clapping gif is around here somewhere.
     
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    Well done! Your Tele combines elements of 'custom' and 'traditional' in a way that's both elegant and subtle.
     
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    Great build threads too. Please document the five string bass build!
     
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    Loved the build threads, also.

    Wonderful finished guitar. I know you are proud of how it turned out.

    Well done! :beer
     
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    Thanks. That's exactly what I was aiming for.

    Thanks, all for looking. Sharing makes it fun.
     
  15. Sean French

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    Holy ****! That's a gorgeous Tele. :love:
     
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    Love the finished product. Awesome job!
     
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    Thank you.

    I'm still fine tuning it some. That'll go on for a while, I imagine.
    The nut is almost there. Little more work on the treble side.

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    I don't think that there's a thing on it that I'd change. I love how the top almost has a 3D carved look to it. I've never seen those tuners before......they have almost an industrial look to them, without losing their traditional style. The maple stripe on the neck is a great touch......

    Can't wait to see your next build........
     
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    Thanks. I hope I don't need to change anything. Lol.
    It was a lot of work sourcing all these oddball parts.

    The tuners are from Hipshot and I've used them on a few builds now. Theyve quickly become my favorites. They look good, are very light and function very smoothly. No slop at all.

    Ah, this looks much better.
    Sounds better, too. Nothing pulls sharp at the first fret now.
    I'm sure I'll be dialing in the setup for a couple of weeks.

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    And yeah, the top is something else. I found that grain inside a piece of scrap wood by sheer dumb luck.

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    Man, that is awesome, what a gorgeous guitar. Excellent work!
     

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