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The Cherrycaster - First guitar build

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Project by camps764 posted 263 days ago 798 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first guitar build – I can see why people get hooked building these. Was meant as a blog series…but I’m terribly about documenting my process – get too absorbed in the work I guess.

Solid cherry body finished with Minwax Antique Oil – LOTS of coats to build to the finish I wanted.

After the first flood coat soaked in I wet sanded with the oil and 220 wet/dry paper to fill the grain and smooth the finish.

The neck was purchased from GuitarPartsUSA – for my first build I wasn’t quite ready to tackle neck construction. I cut the headstock using a patter from another guitar builder’s forum.

Already looking forward to my next one – a thinline version of the same guitar – in mahogany.

Thanks for looking!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com





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Wyatt12

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#1 posted 263 days ago

Looks like a true tele! How does it play?

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camps764

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#2 posted 263 days ago

Thanks Wyatt :)

In my opinion it plays great!

I already plan to change out the brass barrel saddles with some individual saddles so I can get the intonation a little closer to perfect…but it’s pretty dang close to begin.

The solid cherry is a little on the heavy side, but I play sitting down mostly so it’s not a big deal.

Twang king in the neck position and a vintage broadcaster in the bridge slot – it sounds like a true tele too :)

I really like the thin oil finish on the neck – it’ smooth but not glassy. The action is a little high – but I haven’t spent a lot of time dressing the frets further or working on the neck relief.

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Anthony

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#3 posted 263 days ago

Beautiful guitar, I love the Cherry body.

I have built two basses (you can find both in my projects if you are interested) and like you I have not tackled a neck from scratch yet, (I get mine from Carvin). That is my next step but will do it in steps building practice necks out of cheaper wood.

Always happy to see another woodworker/musician combining their passions like this. Keep rockin’ and thanks for sharing.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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Wolfdaddy

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#4 posted 262 days ago

That’s a nice looking Tele! What pickups did you put in it?

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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BigRedKnothead

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#5 posted 262 days ago

Done already? Looks great man.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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Nicky

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#6 posted 262 days ago

Good job. The body will darken nicely over time.

-- Nicky

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DeLayne Peck

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#7 posted 261 days ago

Outstanding! Do you play?

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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Wyatt12

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#8 posted 261 days ago

Thats a nice set of pickups! And when you start playing it you will dial in the neck relief and anything else that needs adjustment. Be patient and it will play awesome!

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camps764

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#9 posted 260 days ago

Thanks everyone!

Wolf Daddy – Di Marzio Twang King at the neck and Duncan vintage broadcaster on the bridge. I went back and forth between that set-up and a set of Fralin Blues Specials (ala Brad Paisley) and decided to save a little money for my first build. The next one on my bench will be a thinline in mahogany – that one will probably have the Fralins in it. I need to wait until after the holidays settle down though :)

Red – Appreciate it man…this one went pretty quickly…I was feeling impatient – after the pickups arrived I REALLY wanted to hear how they would sound….so I got a little obsessed about finishing it up and getting it together….that’s why there still aren’t string trees or strap buttons on it…I’ve been playing too much to put them in ;)

Nicky – I’m hoping so. I really like the color, but am hoping it gets a little darker.

DJ – I used to play a ton – stopped for a few years, and recently picked it back up.

Wyatt – It’s getting there. I want to give it some time and get to know it a little better before I fiddle with it – so you’re spot on with the patience :)

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 236 days ago

Beautiful job on the guitar.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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mcoyfrog

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#11 posted 218 days ago

good job, some day I would like to figure that one out.

Thanks for sharing

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

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camps764

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#12 posted 217 days ago

Thanks Mcoy.

I didn’t do much figuring….more or less followed some plans and used my existing WW’ing knowledge.

The TDPRI.com forum is where I found all the info I needed.

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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