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    Default Looking to make my own Telecaster... Any Advice?

    Happy Monday to all!

    Iíve gotten an itch lately to build a Telecaster. Iím sure I can do it just donít want to learn by failure, Iíd rather learn by others failures LOL .

    A few questions:
    - Wood... I hear swamp ash is the way?
    - Start with a raw piece or buy a pre-cut piece from a reputable source?
    - Finishing, I want a really high gloss natural look. When I was young my dad covered a picture on a piece of wood with boat resin and buffed it to a high gloss... would this be a good idea for a guitar finish?
    - Hardware, what is the best quality hardware? I know nothing...
    - Neck, I am thinking of getting a finished neck as Iím not sure I have the skills yet to set one up perfectly... thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!


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    You could start with building a kit guitar, or if you have the money, build a Warmoth Telecaster and then move on to a full build.

    I think wood is personal preference.

    The neck pocket needs to be routed very specifically, so precut wouldnít be terrible idea.

    I donít know about the finish.

    Warmoth sells high quality hardware. Just depends on what you want.

    Warmoth sells finished necks.

    Just my thoughts. Iím super happy with the Warmoth neck I have and hope to build a guitar from parts using only them.


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    Two questions up front: what is your budget and what are your woodworking capabilities (band saw, router, etc).
    The Human Torch was denied a bank loan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tele savalas View Post
    Two questions up front: what is your budget and what are your woodworking capabilities (band saw, router, etc).
    My budget is $400 total for guitar

    I am very proficient with the tool... I donít own them all but Iím searching for nearby friends & family who do :)


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    Even if you start with a blank, you will need a template for the body. You wouldn't be able to afford a neck from Warmoth or USACG.

    Take a look around for a Mighty Mite neck, or for something even more affordable, look here:

    http://www.guitarfetish.com/BEST-VAL...ALE_c_518.html

    As far as hardware goes, "the best" will probably not fit into your budget. Guitar Fetish should be the best value for you overall, including pickups.
    The Human Torch was denied a bank loan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tele savalas View Post
    Even if you start with a blank, you will need a template for the body. You wouldn't be able to afford a neck from Warmoth or USACG.

    Take a look around for a Mighty Mite neck, or for something even more affordable, look here:

    http://www.guitarfetish.com/BEST-VAL...ALE_c_518.html

    As far as hardware goes, "the best" will probably not fit into your budget. Guitar Fetish should be the best value for you overall, including pickups.
    Thank you! I just bought an Ash body from guitar fetish! So the journey begins.


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    I've put together 50-plus guitars, some of which you can see in the "DIY" forum. I learned a lot from the guys over here:

    http://www.reranch.com/reranch
    The Human Torch was denied a bank loan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tele savalas View Post
    I've put together 50-plus guitars, some of which you can see in the "DIY" forum. I learned a lot from the guys over here:

    http://www.reranch.com/reranch
    Thanks! I appreciate the advise!


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    Quote Originally Posted by tele savalas View Post
    I've put together 50-plus guitars, some of which you can see in the "DIY" forum. I learned a lot from the guys over here:

    http://www.reranch.com/reranch
    Iím going for this look with my body...

    Any advise on the staining / grain fill / sealer process?


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    Hey there terry, I think Mike’s advice on Reranch will get you a lot of info on the finishing. They have a forum where people share their finishing adventures.

    Best of luck
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