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Project by jeff_wenz posted 11-25-2014 04:11 PM 2259 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second guitar build. My first guitar was a Grizzly Telecaster kit. For this project, The body was made from a nice mahogany slab I had come across. The neck is from StewMac.

Here are some details:

Body:
The body is a single piece of mahogany. Since it is “thinline” style, much of the wood is drilled/routed out. This changes the tonal quality and also lessons the weight. This is done from the top. After removing the material, a top is glued on.
The top is ¼” maple. Since I am into veneering, The top has a sapele veneer from veneersupplies.com. The bottom is a more figured mahogany veneer. Also on the back, there is a blue pin stripe going around edge.
The top is bound with cream binding. The “f-hole” design was designed by a friend.

Neck:
The neck is maple. As stated above, it was purchased from StewMac.

Electronics:
The electronics are what make this guitar special. It has the typical Telecaster pickups (neck and bridge). I used AnalogMan’s Big T pickups. Here is what they sound like (video). I also designed and built the guitar knowing I wanted to install Graph Tech’s acoustic pickups. I am very happy with how this sounds. Check out the video. It is amazing that an electric guitar can produce such realistic acoustic guitar sounds. Since the guitar was designed around this system, the additional electronics are virtually invisible.
I also went a step further and installed Graph Tech’s MIDI Hexpander system. This allows the guitar to be hooked up to a guitar synthesizer to produce even more sounds like piano, drums, cello, and other electric guitar sounds such as Les Paul and so on. Check out all the videos.

Finishing:
A dozen or so coats of aerosol instrument lacquer, then wet sanded and buffed.

Lessons Learned:
Forcing compressed air into a screw hole that goes into a thinline chamber will cause the maple top to EXPLODE causing catastrophic damage thus increasing the project build time by a couple months.

-- Jeff, North Carolina





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ohwoodeye

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#1 posted 11-25-2014 04:24 PM

If I wasn’t completely tone deaf and non-musically talented, I would love to play this guitar and sing.
But I am, so I won’t. My loss because this guitar is beautiful.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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jeff_wenz

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#2 posted 11-25-2014 04:28 PM


If I wasn t completely tone deaf and non-musically talented, I would love to play this guitar and sing.

I’m with you, brother. I don’t play either.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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Dallas

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#3 posted 11-25-2014 05:16 PM

Outstanding job! and I enjoyed the videos also!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Scott Oldre

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#4 posted 11-25-2014 07:38 PM

Gorgeous guitar. On my bucket list

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 11-25-2014 09:41 PM

Very nice job Jeff. I remember your last build and am amazed you completed this one so quickly. You are both very talented and productive :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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jeff_wenz

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#6 posted 11-25-2014 09:56 PM


I remember your last build and am amazed you completed this one so quickly.

Yeah… about that. The first guitar was completed 9 months ago, I just didn’t post it until a month or so ago. So… not so productive :)

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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WoodJitsu

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#7 posted 11-25-2014 10:55 PM

Did you work from a purchased template? How is the quality of the stewmac neck? Have been considering a strat build, but this design is interesting.

-- Family, Friends, Jiu Jitsu, Woodworking. Order varies daily!

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FreddyS

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#8 posted 11-25-2014 11:02 PM

Nice guitar Jeff!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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jeff_wenz

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#9 posted 11-25-2014 11:49 PM


Did you work from a purchased template? How is the quality of the stewmac neck?

I built the body from a MDF template. It was useful but not necessarily required (since I had made a template from my first Tele build).

The StewMac neck is good quality. Fretwork was good. I went ahead and attempted my first fret leveling and end dressing, then polishing. So I took it from good to even nicer. The neck is more Strat style as far as a 14” radius on the fingerboard.

I hope this info helps.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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JoeinGa

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#10 posted 11-26-2014 12:19 AM

Dude, that’s NOT a guitar…

It’s a whole dang ORCHESTRA !

NICE!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Ripthorn

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#11 posted 11-26-2014 12:31 AM

Looks pretty good, and thanks for the videos. Though I have one beef, and that is that one does not use a Dr. Z Maz to play modeled/synth guitars through! It’s a sin! I’m just giving you a bad time because it’s such a nice amp. Next up, build your own neck! It’s really not as hard as some think, and carving it is my favorite part of a build.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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jeff_wenz

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#12 posted 11-26-2014 01:08 AM


I have one beef, and that is that one does not use a Dr. Z Maz to play modeled/synth guitars through! It s a sin!

Ha ha. I’ll take your word on that. I don’t play. My buddy brought his “rig”. It’s all we had… :)

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 11-26-2014 02:36 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!! That is an amazing instrument!!!!!!!!Nice going!!.....................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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EWJSMITH

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#14 posted 11-26-2014 11:11 AM

Beautiful instrument and amazing work. Thanks for sharing.

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