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Honeybee, the Sapele Telecaster

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 05-15-2017 11:38 AM 1723 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Guitar #5 – the SapeleTele I’m christening “Honeybee” for it’s black and gold burl cap.
This is my secohttp://lumberjocks.com/projects/new#nd semi-hollow electric and first body cut entirely on the CNC machine. The neck is hand-carved maple with a birdseye fretboard and features Abalone fret markers of my own design. I’m planning to re-use the fret marker design on future instruments.

The specs..
Body: Sapele base with Maple Burl cap; black binding on top of body and sound holes.
Neck: Maple, hand carved profile; 25.5” scale length
Fingerboard: Birdseye Maple with Abalone fret markers
Finish: Black/Yellow/Red dye with hand-rubbed high gloss Tung Oil top coats
Pickups: Fender N3 Noiseless

I’ve been playing this one for a few weeks now and, as usual, it’s now my new favorite!

Hope you like it!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog





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#1 posted 05-15-2017 01:33 PM

Wow! The whole guitar looks amazing. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 05-15-2017 02:59 PM

This guitar is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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ralbuck

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#3 posted 05-15-2017 04:24 PM

Hell YES! If it sounds 1/2 as good as it looks it will be super fantastic!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 05-15-2017 04:35 PM

man that is crazy good,just stunning.

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#5 posted 05-15-2017 06:08 PM

Beautiful!
What type of tone are you getting front the Sapele? I don’t think I have ever heard a guitar made from this wood. I must agree with the previous post that if it sounds anything like it looks it will be amazing!
Thanks for sharing!

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#6 posted 05-15-2017 06:44 PM

Thanks, all! I’m loving the way it sounds and plays. It’s definitely a learning process, but they’re getting better one guitar at a time.
Chem – Sapele is basically same as Mahogany and (not that it really matters) can be seen in commercial guitars (https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/features/woods/body-woods/sapele)
For acoustic guitars, I’ve never personally tested the tone. Taylor calls it ‘balanced.’
For electric guitars, I’m squarely in the camp of the tone from an electric being almost entirely a function of the pickups and outboard gear (pedals, amp, cables, etc.). Perhaps it has an effect on the overall sustain, but the electronics that pick up magnetic field changes aren’t directly impacted by acoustic properties of the resonator.

Thanks for the comments!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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#7 posted 05-15-2017 10:13 PM

Both the guitars and wood is crazy good!!!

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#8 posted 05-15-2017 10:21 PM

Dude! That is one AWESOME! guitar. I didn’t even look at your craftsmanship that must have went into building the guitar because I can’t stop looking at the burl wood.

-- Woodify ~~ https://www.youtube.com/woodified?sub_confirmation=1

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#9 posted 05-15-2017 11:08 PM

Fantastic work!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#10 posted 05-15-2017 11:34 PM

Yeah, I bought several burl tops off Ebay last year. I get many comments about the top, with folks asking me how I made the pattern…and I answer “nature.” :)

Thanks!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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#11 posted 05-16-2017 02:53 AM

Nice job Patrick and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 05-16-2017 12:23 PM

Holy Moly!! Absolute beauty.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#13 posted 03-28-2018 06:51 PM

Crazy kwel, thanks for all the pics, it really shows how much work goes into this. Wow just wow

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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