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Old 05-19-2011, 07:32 PM
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Default Military themed tele build

The idea started a few months ago when I found some WWII general purpose straps in a military surplus store. I had them sewn together to make myself a guitar strap


Well, one thing led to another and I figured I needed an appropriate guitar to pair it with. I've been wanting to build myself a guitar for a while, and I've also been wanting a telecaster for a while as well. I figured with my lack of experience, a tele would be the logical thing to build, so next thing you know, I'm sourcing parts to build one. And by the way, my plan is to build it for under $100, so my sourcing has consisted of begging/borrowing/trading for tools and parts.

I've got a guitar-playing friend with a nice wood shop, so I talked him into building one with me. I bought a plank of douglas fir to make the body from (I'll actually get 3 bodies from one $6 plank), and a neighbor gave me a piece of cherry that I'll use for the neck.


Someone from another forum suggested using an ammo box for different parts, and I found one for $6. I plan on making the bridge, jack plate, neck plate and control plate all from the ammo box. I'll follow up with pics of that later.

As it sits right now, I've sourced all the parts I need and have a total of $80 in the build. We'll see how that goes as we start cutting and gluing.

Hardware-building pics coming up...
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:38 PM
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To make the bridge, I started with this


Using my massive muscles and sheer determination (Ok, it was really a hacksaw and lots of determination)...




I ended up with this



Using a vice and hammer, I folded over the outside flange. I think the design will work fine. My building friend has a friend who works at a metal fab shop. He said he'd help to finish the finer points in fabricating the bridge.



Neck plate fabrication on the way...

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Old 05-19-2011, 07:42 PM
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I'll be using the flap (for lack of a better term) from the front of the box to make the neck plate.

Here I am tracing my template



I use an angle grinder with a cutting wheel to get it close, so it goes from this



To this



Next comes the bench grinder



All I have to do is drill some holes, and It's done.



Next up: control plate
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:51 PM
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Template tracing



Select an appropriate tool (at least the most appropriate from what I have available)



And get to work



After having it's turn with the bench grinder, it looks like a control plate



My point in using this kind of material is two fold. First, I've never served in the military (I've been diabetic since I was 7), but I have family and friends who have served or are still serving. I've always had a tremendous respect for our troops and wanted to do something to show my support. Second, I want this thing to look like it's had a long, hard life, and has had several "field fixes" performed on it. I know I may be getting rather ambitious for my first build, but I've got a vision dang it
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:54 PM
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Classic, Rog!!!

I'll be following with glee....


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Old 05-20-2011, 02:34 PM
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I didn't get many pics today, sorry. I left my camera at home, so all I had was my cell phone.

Anyway, I picked out my boards and got them jointed and glued together. I've changed from the douglas fir to the reclaimed red pine I found. These boards are gonna be sweet with the relic'd look.

Jointing the edges


All glued up



And we got the pattern glued onto our template material. He's got a friend with a really nice saw, so he'll have them cut out for next weekend. Then we can start cutting out the bodies


Not as much progress as I'd hoped, but we're getting there
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:17 PM
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I've decided on my headstock logo. This is the name I use for my recording studio, so I thought I'd just carry the moniker over to my guitar as well


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Old 05-21-2011, 07:57 PM
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Very cool! I look forward to the next installment!

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Old 05-21-2011, 08:07 PM
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Thanks, Bob. I'm pretty excited about it myself
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Old 05-22-2011, 06:15 PM
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I got a little more work done today. First up was the jack plate



Got it laid out and then to work with the tin snips



Then after the bench grinder, it looks like this. Just needs holes drilled, and it's done



After that, I wanted to work a little more on the bridge. First I needed to cut the flange off the second side



Next, the secondary piece of metal was worrying me, so I got rid of it. I didn't realize there would be no paint underneath it, but that's ok. It's done now



Then I worked on making sure the back side was flat and as square as I could get it.




The bridge still needs a lot of shaping (cut to size, drill holes, cut out area for pickup, etc), but it's getting there.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:11 AM
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Keep the pics coming! Very cool project.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:56 AM
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Thanks Corky. I'm hoping to have a lot of progress after this weekend. My goal is to complete the body and finish off all the hardware.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:39 PM
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What with the body color? Are you going for green or camouflage?
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:00 AM
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What with the body color? Are you going for green or camouflage?
I think I'm going to leave it natural with some relic'ing (which some people on here don't quite get )

I thought of doing a rough burst of OD green around the outside edge, but I think I'll skip that
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:08 PM
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Just a quick note to say I'm really enjoying this thread! Thanks for the frequent updates and keep up the good work Roger.
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