Telecaster Guitar, rescued from the woodpile #3

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Project by CampD posted 07-25-2011 02:17 PM 2437 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Telecaster Nashville Deluxe style guitar that just a week ago was firewood. This is my custom version of a Fender Tele, The body is narrower and a little thinner with my own flair to it (they can get heavy and I needed to cut the weight down). No hardware is installed, it is on order and the body at this time only has 2 sealer coats of finish on it. The finish will be dyed with at least 6 coats of Nitro lacquer (haven’t decided color yet). The set-up for the pick-ups and controls will be the same as a Fender Strat with a Humbacker in the bridge. The neck is from a cheap strat that I use for templates and most likely will be replaced at some time in the future, but I will probably stay with a Strat style neck.

Guitar body is 1 ¾” thick laminated Ash. The core at 1” thick is from a tree that I cut down over 5 yrs ago and had kept the bottom 2’ (rest was firewood). Cut that piece into two 2” thk slabs and again sliced that in two to make 2 book-matched guitar blanks. The laminated top and bottoms are 3/8” thick curly Ash from the same tree as my last “rescued from the wood pile” piece . When I delivered the picture frame I rummaged through his wood-pile for a few more of those prized logs. As you can see the curly Ash has some, I think, awesome staining or splating that makes for a unique pattern on the body.

Core blank glue-up

Body cut and strips cut

first side glue-up

ready for second laminated piece.

Enjoy and on to my next rescued piece.

-- Doug...

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#1 posted 07-25-2011 03:13 PM

This is fantastic. The weathering reminds me a bit of digital camo! It’s really unusual and eyecatching. You did a great thing here.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 03:18 PM

Great looking project. When did you slab the wood? How long did the slabs dry before being turned into guitar material? How did you ‘slab’ it? Do you use a large bandsaw or just a chainsaw? Can’t wait to see the nitro on it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 04:15 PM

drbyte I slabbed the core about 2 yrs ago did it on my 14” bandsaw, the trunk was maybe 14” dia so it handled it “fairly” easy. They’ve been air dying in the shop since. The curly ash was cut down 2 yrs ago and split into firewood last fall, i just cut it into 3/8 pieces this week. I “kiln dried” it the oven @ 200 for a couple hours to finish it off.
Here’s a pic of the other slab of Ash.

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 03:16 PM

Too cool. My son keeps asking me to make him a guitar. Maybe a father/son project down the road.

-- Shrub G. , Dalton Georgia

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 03:52 PM

Shrub, I say go for it, there’s plenty of patterns available.
This Guitar is for my Son and he’s the one who’s giving me input on what pick-ups and color to use.
The body style is my choice and design.
He wants this to be his “rock guitar” so the set-up will be hot.
Color he picked out is a lite blue, I will only dye the first coat of finish.
My only thing I would have done different was to put the control pocket in the back to show off more of the
woods grain, as it stands now the pick-guard will cover most of that side.
I’m throwing around the idea of making a wooden pick guard, I have a nice piece of cherry burl big enough.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 04-29-2012 01:44 PM

Just thought I’d list the finished project

-- Doug...

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