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Semi Hollow Tele Build!

Discussion in 'Guitar Building/Mods/Repair' started by DaddyShred, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. DaddyShred

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    Much like others here, I'm starting a thread to keep track of my progress and to post all my photos.

    Ordering my Solo Music Tele kit (semi hollow woot woot) this week. I've been thinking about a build for a long time and I'm very excited to get started.

    I've decided on the TCK-69 (giggity) because of the maple top and the fact it's a semi hollow. I had a 72 Fender thinline Tele before my kids and really wanna remake that guitar, and most importantly, make it my own.

    I've started testing my finishing ideas on some maple slabs I had. I'm not really a spray guy (although I'm sure I could find one) so I'm planning on not clear coat and a Tung oil finish. Currently on day 2 of the Tung oil process so tomorrow is when I really get the full results....i think.

    I'll post some pictures of my test slabs when they're done (I think I may do another test slab where I don't use as fine of a sandpaper before applying the oil) and obviously keep posting once I get the kit in my hands.

    STOKED

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  2. greco

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    Please post MANY, MANY, MANY of pics of your build progress here.

    Good Luck with everything. Take your time!
    I'm sure it will be amazing.
     
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  3. knight_yyz

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    make sure the tung oil dries for at least 2 or 3 weeks before covering it with something else. You will love the finish. The grain is going to POP
     
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  4. DaddyShred

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    Thanks Greco! I've got a fulltime job and four kids so progress will not be swift lol.

    The building part will (knock on wood) go smoothly, unless there are issue with the kit. I'm pretty good with my hands so the building and soldering is something I've done. My biggest thing is the Tung oil finish.

    I've done some searching on here and other sites and YouTube vids, but I can't find a definitive guide to Tung oil lol. Maybe I'm just being too OCD about it. I'm thinking:

    Sand 150, vacuum and wipe down with a lint free towel.
    Repeat with 220 and 400 grit
    Heavy first coat and keeping it wet for about 30-40 mins. Wipe off the excess.
    Wait 24hr
    Wipe on another light coat
    Wait 24hr
    Do another light wipe on coat
    Let dry for a week.

    I think that's about it but I am NOT the leading expert on this, this is my first shot with this stuff.

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  5. DaddyShred

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    Thanks for the tip!! You're talking about a clear coat or poly coat? Not 100% sure if I'm going to clear it at all because I'll be doing a Walnut or rosewood pickguard as well.

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  6. knight_yyz

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    You're fine then. But you can clear coat or poly or shellac or whatever. Just keep in mind the Tung Oil does take forever to cure/harden
     
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  7. DaddyShred

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    I'll definitely keep that in mind. Maybe I'll finish the body and wait and see what it looks like, come spring I may clear it then.

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    Assemble it first, to make sure it all fits, before applying the Tung oil.
     
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  9. DaddyShred

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    100%.

    It's a bolt on kit so I'll be bolting neck to body and lacing up a high and low E to check the neck. Then I'll be using a 3 foot metal ruler to check if the truss rod needs adjustment. Then off to a fret rocker then crowing the frets (if needed, but probably will be needed)

    I think that's it? Like I said, first kit build so I want to make sure I check everything so I get into that habit. The guys at SOLO have always gotten great reviews and they're awesome tradespeople. However, I only every trust my own work.

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  10. DaddyShred

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    Here's the kit in getting. And here's a pic, for those who havnt seen it, of what I'm using as reference.

    And just cuz I loved it so much, here's a picture of my old set up hahaha[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  11. JBFairthorne

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    In order to check for truss rod adjustments, won’t you need to completely string it and tune to pitch?

    Unrelated...

    If you’re not handy with a spray gun I imagine it wouldn’t be too expensive to get someone to clear coat it assuming they can do it while clear coating several other items at the same time.
     
  12. DaddyShred

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    Test slab of maple with 1 heavy coat of Tung oil and 3 rub in coats. Only 12hr dry time though[​IMG]

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  13. DaddyShred

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    Look what showed up today

    Let the build begin! [​IMG][​IMG]

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  14. DaddyShred

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    So I got some building in today (daddy was on duty so dining room table instead of the workshop lol).

    Everything went together great. Going to keep it together for now so I can do my checks and such this evening or tomorrow.

    Only hiccup (which was super minor, it's in one of the pictures) is that I put the pickguard on before the control plate. So the plate was resting on top instead of being flush. Easy fix. And besides, this stock pickguard won't be on the final product.

    So next is stringing up high and low E's to check that the neck is straight. Then once my luthier tools show up Tuesday, I'll rock all the frets and start my neck work.

    Any suggestions on how to check my truss rod adjustment? That's the one check where I'm still kind of cloudy on how to do it.

    So far so good though. Looks good on the wall lol

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  15. DaddyShred

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    Here are the pics. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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