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BY StratMatt
#838371
NippleWrestler wrote:
StratMatt wrote:
willow13 wrote:That looks a bit like Rimu (?)

So in your very first build you made up a template :clap:

I have built over 15 guitars and I have still never used a template......I think I probably should have learnt by now :rofl:


Yeah I wasn't sure but it smells like Rimu, it's certainly pretty solid.

I honestly couldn't see any other way but to make a template. With the router bit that has the bearing bit on it, it's real easy to tidy up the rough cut out.


That's 100% rimu. I've never really liked it for guitars, finding it a bit lifeless but hopefully you'll have better luck. I do think it'd make a nice fingerboard though.

Did you line up the E and e strings before you drilled the neck in btw? Just to avoid any chance of putting the thing in at a wonky angle relative to the centre line. That's not fun, speaking from experience.

If you're in Auckland and need any bits and bobs like a radius block or fret caul give me a shout.


Nope, totally flying by the seat of my pants here. Makes sense now that you mention it haha. Thanks for the offer.

Hopefully it still sounds tele-ish and not totally dead. Good bit of practise either way.
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BY StratMatt
#839441
Managed to get everything up and running. Had a false start with the wiring but got it on the second go. Pretty stoked all in all, the setup is actually reasonable; if I had to play this to get through a gig it would certainly get there.

The string alignment is a bit out, but considering I didn't even check it before routing the neck pocket it's a pretty good fluke. For some reason the B string is a bit dead when played open but whatevs.

The staggered Gotoh relic tuners are a thing of beauty. Really nice gearing. I might drop it into Glyn just to get that last 10% but I'm in no hurry for that.

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BY StratMatt
#839451
It's got a 4 way switch and an S1 switch on the volume pot too. Not sure how much of that I'll actually use, but it's there. Twisted Tele neck and Broadcaster Bridge.

The B string doesn't want to stay in tune either, but I think that's down to the cheap nut. All fixable.
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BY StratMatt
#839459
Mike Clayton wrote:Looks real nice, how's she play & sound?


Thanks. Plays just fine surprisingly, must've fluked it! The B string that doesn't stay in tune is a tad annoying though. I haven't plugged it in for too long, but it rings out pretty decently unplugged.