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  1. #46
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    Nice job!! As it happens, my son has been bugging me for some time, to build a Tele with him... he's the player, - I'm not ( although I play other instruments)
    A few weeks ago he borrowed a custom Tele from a common aquiantance, which presumably had a D profile neck.... I find very little info on this...

  2. #47
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    Jim Becker turned me on to a tele forum called tdpri. Good resource with people as friendly as here.

    It is a very doable and rewarding project to do . The tele has a lot of elements that make it straightforward for someone to build who has modest woodworking skills.

    I in fact am doing a build with my son of a P bass. Great dad kid project. Go for it. Start a thread. You will get lots of help. Just jump in.

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    Tele-type is absolutely the best "first build", Helgeir. Fender's geometry has the neck and body co-planer, so there's no tiny angle between the neck and the body to deal with. And I do suggest the place that Prashun mentioned for online help. Great people just like here at SMC. (but still post the build here, gosh darnit!)

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    Prashun, funny you should mention the P Bass...I'm about to start a build using that same underlying design, although it will have "my" headstock shape and a body shape similar to the BroBuild with the koa top.
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    It will be great if you will post the in-progress photos) Good Luck

  5. #50
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    There's a Telecaster forum that's got a lot of these builds (including mine). More interest in instrument building over there.

    Anyway, here's my second: a PRS style guitar with a carved top. Walnut body and neck; maple fretboard.




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  6. #51
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    The PRS-type is stunning, Prashun!
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  7. #52
    That is a really nice, clean look - great job!

    David
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  8. #53
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    BTW Prashun, thanks so much for sharing the builds, I've been following your build threads over at TDPRI and you're a wizard.

    I'm psyching myself up for my first full build, going to be a jazzmaster. I'm probably going to build a trio of jazzmaster (for me), jaguar 3/4" size (22" short scale for the 5y/o) and a short scale leftie tele for the 7 y/o.

  9. #54
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    Matthew-
    Just do it. You already know the electrical stuff. That was the most intimidating for me. Another daunting thing was knowing where and what exactly to buy. I can send you my spreadsheet of steps and parts that I bought. It also has some dimensions in there and notes. PM me.

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    I agree with Prashun, Matthew...dive in!
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  11. #56
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    Prashun and his nice PRS-inspired instrument paid a visit on Saturday. Trust me, the photos of his guitar do not do justice to just how beautiful it is...dude does amazing work! I think it likes my Bro-Build, too...they sat together happily while we talked without fighting.

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  12. #57
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    Jim, I learned everything from you! Your axes give me something to aspire to.

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    I appreciate that some inspiration came from what I've been doing, but I'm just learning this stuff for sure!
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