Tele Thinline Build

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Woltz
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Tele Thinline Build

Post by Woltz » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:32 pm

New to the forum and thought I should probably start a thread here for the current build I'm working on, which is my first build from scratch. I've been on the buildyourownguitar forum quite a bit and had started a build diary there for this guitar which has already changed directions a couple of times. So I'll keep the first bit brief to show quickly where I'm up to.

Tasmanian Oak from the local sawmill.

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Slapped together a shooting board (Try to ignore the fact the end isn't straight haha, when I made it I didn't have access to a bandsaw or table saw).

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Test fit of jointed boards.

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Glue up

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The bookmatched Yaka for the top.

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Woltz
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Re: Tele Thinline Build

Post by Woltz » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:36 pm

Body rough cut with bandsaw.

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Acrylic master templates that I had laser cut. I'm making MDF working templates using the Acrylic master.

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Yaka bookmatch glued up.

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Router bit all the way from the U.S. for the F Holes

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Bought a lace sheoak fretboard blank...

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but it's a bit red for what I'm looking for and it'll go nicer with the piece of Australian Red Cedar I have for my next build.

Next options for fretboard. L-R - Goldfields Blackbutt, Greenstone Mallee, Wadjil, Mulga

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Re: Tele Thinline Build

Post by Woltz » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:44 pm

Tassie Oak and the Yaka clear coated to start considering what the finish will be.

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Side by side in sunlight...

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in shade...

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I'll probably stain the Tassie Oak darker to match up a bit better with the top.

Woltz
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Re: Tele Thinline Build

Post by Woltz » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:28 pm

Playing with ideas before I make the neck template.

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At this stage planning a 25.5" scale fender style neck but with an angled PRS style headstock.

Crafty Fox
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Re: Tele Thinline Build

Post by Crafty Fox » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:39 pm

Welcome Woltz,
I love Thinline Teles. I've built 4 so far, all scratch builds, all different, various hardware/electrics etc. I can't get enough of 'em.
I'll be following your progress with great interest. Might fire me up to build another!!!
Ken

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Re: Tele Thinline Build

Post by kiwigeo » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:24 pm

Welcome to the forum Woltz and thanks for sharing this build.
Martin

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