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Winter Build Off 2019: TeleBacker 9001

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Will_White, Dec 22, 2018.


  1. Will_White

    Will_White

    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    Mash-Up Elements:
    Rickenbacker treble side
    Telecaster bass side

    RickenCaster-1-1.

    Build Specs:
    9 Strings (3 courses of 3 strings)
    Body: TBD, maybe mahogany.
    Neck: Rondo Music 34" scale neck
    Pickups:
    Neck - 14.5k GFS Loud Mouth Humbucker
    Bridge - 8.4k GFS NYII surface mount single coil
    Electronics: 2 Volume, 2 tone, 1 selector. Push/pull bridge pickup bass cut, Push/pull series/ parallel. Ric-O-Sound stereo output.
    Bridge: Tunomatic Chopped 3 saddle tele bridge
    Tailpiece: R Style trapeze maybe "Custom" tailpiece.
    Tuners: MGB Guitar tuners
    Strings: Light Chromes, and Diadario Piccolo strings.
    Colour: Natural with a twist. Teal glitter with Racing stripes.

    20181222_203944.
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019
  2. Will_White

    Will_White

    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    Went to the local wood store and their prices were super high so I might go a different way. I've had my eye on some glitter spray paint so I might try that out on a 4 piece poplar body.
     
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  3. Will_White

    Will_White

    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    20190114_170256.
    The plan tonight was to plug the headstock holes for this bass and the lambic but then this happened.
    20190114_171621.
    Tapped the dowel in, realized it was to tight and tried to tap it out and then snap.
    20190114_172628.
    I used the lambics headstock as a clamping caul, probably not the best idea but it works.
    20190114_183718.
    I cut out and glued the top together. I'm feeling woefully inadequate in the clamp department but I got a good squeeze out the whole length (already wiped in this picture) 20190114_190346.
    I then cut out the the tail piece but I ran out of loud time to drill the holes and shape it.
    20190114_170341.
    I also picked up the paint this afternoon. I'm going to do a base coat of the teal, mask off a couple racing stripes and do the glitter, then a boat load of clear.
     
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  4. Will_White

    Will_White

    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    Because my beautifully wife surprised me Wednesday with this for our anniversary.
    2019-01-16_17.07.18.
    20190116_175000.

    You all get a condensed update, it's mostly boring clamp pics.
    First, second half of body in clamps.
    20190115_191005.
    Body in clamps.
    20190117_165146.
    Body out of clamps and cleaned up.
    20190118_165637.

    I also got the holes plugged, this time without incident.
    20190118_214042.
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2019
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  5. Englishman

    Englishman

    Apr 26, 2017
    Detroit
    Yes please, no indecency!
     
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  6. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Yeah, the mods frown on that sort of thing.
     
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  7. Will_White

    Will_White

    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    Full size print,
    20190205_194756.
    Experimenting with pickup position, I think I'm going to do a full ric type pickguard around the neck pickup, I'll have to mess around with that on the drawing.
    20190205_210301.
    My plan with the gibson bridge isn't going to work but it's not a big deal, I was thinking of switching it out for a chopped compensated 3 saddle tele bridge to reinforce the tele aesthetic, I might mount the bridge pickup to the plate I'll see Thursday when it gets here.
    20190205_204900.
     
  8. Will_White

    Will_White

    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    Drilled and installed the tuners,
    20190206_174321.
    And my first attempt at a nut
    20190206_213528.
    I'm not sure if this one will work, I made the slots shallow so that if it doesn't I can try again on the same blank. I also have another blank just in case.
     
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  9. Will_White

    Will_White

    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    I'm not happy with how the strings are lining up with the pickups and the gap on the neck so I'm going to build a bridge and use some thunderbird pickups, it doesn't fit with either theme but it will look cool and should sound great.
     
  10. Will_White

    Will_White

    Jul 1, 2011
    Salem, OR
    20190219_195413.
    Neck pocket routed, Bo Diddly would be proud.
     

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