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Replica of a Fender Telecaster Guitar, Updated 12/30/2009

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 2894 days ago 8464 views 12 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my sons’ has been an avid Guitar player since his early high school days.
He graduated in 1971.

I always told him, that I’d build him a guitar someday. So in 2003, I finally came through with the promise.

I had a lot of left over wood from various projects,

so I decided to make a laminated body of the wood I had in my shop.

It has Black Walnut, Ash, Mahogany, Red Oak, White Oak, & Birch.

It turned out to be a beautiful blend of woods.

The neck was purchased from Stewart-MacDonald, a guitar parts supplier.

The tuning head is my design. I finished it with about 10 coats of Satin lacquer.

You may notice it has no pick guard, because I hated to cover up such beautiful wood.

My son installed the electronics to his liking.

I took a gamble on using all these wood species, because you don’t know what affect it will have on

the sound. My son said this instrument will stand up to any Guitar he’s played.

So that made me plenty proud.

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Watch, & listen to this live slide guitar performance of “Sleep Walk” by Steve Cain.

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Also check out this slideshow of Steve playing with a different group in My Blog.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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Obi

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#1 posted 2831 days ago

I have a Yamaha Bass that I want to make a replica of … Any advice? Also, what advice does your son have for the electronics?

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 2831 days ago

Hi Obi,
I think your best bet for information about electronics, would be “The instrument makers forum” http://www.mimf.com/ You can get various wiring diagrams from the forum members. This forum is by Stewart Macdonald, the Guitar supply company.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Shawn

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#3 posted 2748 days ago

As a guitar player myself, WOW, I loved my old tele…I think I’m gonna have to do this…when I finish the stuff for my wife and gifts… I may be your age when I finish, but one day I’m gonna build myself a guitar. Nice work Mr. Cain

-- Cheers

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HickoryHill

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#4 posted 2720 days ago

Looks great!

Got a buddy at work that plays Bass and keeps saying we should build something. Probably when I get my Bandsaw and Jointer in a few months I will look into.

-- Jim, Michigan

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Obi

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#5 posted 2720 days ago

I got plans to build an electric guitar here

Also if you go to my site and click on Global Wood Sourse they have a guitar gallery with “Through Body” necks, the best and strongest way to make a guitar. Also, I have a diagram for “scalloping” the neck so you don’t have to put metal frets.

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2720 days ago

Dick, this is beautiful, not just the guitar itself (which is amazing) but the gift you have given your son.

The bonus touch was the name. He must brag about it to everyone he knows.

Stunning!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Don

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#7 posted 2720 days ago

Dick, your talents continue to amaze and impress me. One of my treasures is piece my Dad mad for me before I took up woodworking. I probably didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have at the time, but now that I know a little more about the thought and effort that goes into a project, and now that my Dad is no longer with us, you can imagine how I treasure this gift from my father.

I’m sure your son already had come to the same conclusion judging from what you have told us.

Lovely work, Dick.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 2673 days ago

That’s amazing, Dick. If it hadn’t sounded good, you could have always used it in the kitchen as a cutting board. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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scottb

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#9 posted 2673 days ago

Nice Charlie. ;) .... nothing like doing a little food prep, while your pickin’

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2672 days ago

I just read about another use for a Guitar. They’re holding the annual Last Chance Curling Bonspiel, in Hibbing this week.
There’s a Curler that usually comes with a curling broom attached to a Guitar, & he serenades the audience from down on the ice. Cool !!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 2563 days ago

pretty guitar … excellent work

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Buckskin

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#12 posted 2563 days ago

I think that it plays well is just an added benefit to great craftsmanship! Amazing work!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 2563 days ago

Thanks Guys,
My Son just made a video from a dance he recently played. When I get a copy I may try , & embed some of it on Lumberjocks.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mot

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#14 posted 2562 days ago

Dick! This is awesome! I’m a stratocaster collector. I just love guitars but have never taken the challenge of making one. Really nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 2562 days ago

Thanks Mott, You must be a Guitar picker also.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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