Building a Telecaster

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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby k1w1 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:36 am

leftyguitarman wrote:Hey k1w1, what kind of pickup is that in the neck position of the Tele you posted?


Lefty, it is a De Armond goldfoil, but has a silverfoil style cover. Definitely late 60s, have owned a lot of Harmony gats with these pups (2 of 3 current electrics are Harmonys, H74 and H19)), and if you want a real ballys/creamy blues sound at the neck but not humbucker style, these are superb on teles. The bridge pup is a Rio Grande Dirty Harry so not quite a standard sound, but does it for me.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby rustyslide » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:49 am

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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby leftyguitarman » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:33 am

Looks fantastic! And a P-Rails in the neck! I bet it sounds killer.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby zhyla » Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:48 pm

Very cool, and nice photography as usual. What is the control knob setup? There's an extra knob there :).

I didn't know you were into Harmony's. I've kinda sorta wanted an H19 for a while but the right one hasn't come my way yet. I've got an H47 that is pretty but I've never cared for it that much.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby rustyslide » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:27 am

Thanks! Sounds great :)

zhyla wrote:What is the control knob setup? There's an extra knob there :).


Controls are (currently): Volume, P90 tone, bridge tone.

Will probably make the middle knob do tone for the rail pickup as well.

Switch is rail / humbucker / P90 / P90 + bridge / bridge, which works well.

I might flip the P-Rails though, so the rail gets a little more output.

zhyla wrote:I didn't know you were into Harmony's.


The Harmony is my friend's, it was his dad's. Posted about it here last year. ;)
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby bottleneck » Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:22 pm

rustyslide wrote:I'm building a Telecaster for Christmas (probably not on time). I'll be chronicling the build on lonelyfridge.com, but I suspect there will be some posts here about it, too. :mrgreen:



anybody who hasn't read that link to the build chronicle ,should!good writing and humor there.

now:how deep does one route pickup and neck pocket cavities ?

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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby rustyslide » Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:58 am

bottleneck wrote:anybody who hasn't read that link to the build chronicle ,should!good writing and humor there.


Thanks! A better link is lonelyfridge.com/category/guitar/walnutcaster, as it's in chronological order.

bottleneck wrote:now:how deep does one route pickup and neck pocket cavities ?


5/8", I think, but I didn't do the routing myself. There are many Telecaster plans in PDF form kicking around the internet. Hit up TDPRI / Tele Home Depot.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby bottleneck » Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:36 am

i've been thinking of building a sort of Danocaster with string through but sort of danelectro constructed body.my tele is heavy as all get all.i also hit myself in the head with it taking it off on a gig,the red spot on my forehead is funny : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwIhPE0uf4g

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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby allanlummox » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:41 am

You mean like a Dano body, or you building a hollow body?

And yea, that is sweet looking, Rusty.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby bottleneck » Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:03 pm

yeah man,a danelectro style sandwich body,maybe even with a melanine/masonite outside,but shaped like a tele,with an allparts/mighty mite tele neck and bridge.

i have not started this build yet,i have that danelectro build first.i just finished modding a dean tonic that i accidentally won on ebay.i got the body routed for a bucker in the bridge (my neighbor is a luthier,it was free for the route)and put a GFS rockabilly PU in there.

i got a NOS american dano neck years ago and an asian dano body,but i never put them together because you can always pick up a dano for cheap.but the idea of making one more like a tele is intriguing .i might use a fat tele bridge with a humbucker and string through.

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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby allanlummox » Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:37 pm

Cool. I just shocked myself by putting my Melody Maker into Standard. It's like a whole different game!
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby rustyslide » Sat May 14, 2011 4:29 am

Well, finally recorded something! It's a bit ...rough.



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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby crispy » Sun May 15, 2011 6:49 pm

looks and sound great! great acheivement! :D
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby guitarslim101 » Sun May 15, 2011 7:48 pm

Sounds great, Rusty. That is a very nice looking guitar.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Sun May 15, 2011 11:03 pm

Looks REAL GOOD Rusty!
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