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Sunday, July 13, 2008

and finally ...

This one has been more delayed than a National Express East Anglia train out of Liverpool Street on a Friday evening.

Or - thinking about it - just about any other evening too.

Finally, 'tis done ... I thinline-Tele-alikey thingy. Cherry body, with a (bookmatched no less!) Cherry top. Mahogany neck and a Wenge fingerboard. I got a bit adventurous with this one - see the mahogany inlay around the soundholes on the body, and the cherry inlay on the headstock. I think it works ...

Pickups are "AXL by EMG", just because they were cheap on eBay. Other bits and pieces from Keith at Axetec.

There's a bit of finishing off still to do. When I put it all together, I had to take 2mm off the heel of the neck to get the action right. I've not re-oiled that area yet, which is the light area that you can see in the pic above.
Apart from that, I'm fairly happy with it. Quite a few firsts in this one for me ... the first time that I've used a cap, the first time that I've chambered a body, the first neck that I've made from scratch ... it's a lot different when you're doing it all on your own rather than on a course somewhere - it takes a lot longer, and you have to work out for yourself how to fix all the little "features" that appear.
Now, what's next ...


Paul said...

Quite simply one of the nicest "thinlines" I've ever seen!

Excellent work Tony.


A (very) amateur guitar builder said...

Hi Paul - thanks for the positive feedback! I've wanted a thinline Tele for years, so thought I'd have a go at building one for myself. The "sound holes" seem to have generated most comment - some people just don't like the deviation from the traditional "f-hole" design ... but I like it!!

Paul said...

"some people just don't like the deviation from the traditional..."

If they want "traditional" they should buy an anorak. ;-)