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Old 01-10-2017, 11:31 PM   #1
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CFF Pioneer

OK MLP friends, I just got in from a nicely productive day. I'm working on a new design for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Songwriters in the Round event in March. Some of you might remember that I did this very same event last year-I ended up donating my personal padauk Voyager MS6 as the invitation was on somewhat short notice and I didn't have anything else in the chute at that point. Fast forward to now...there's plenty of time to prepare, and prepare I have! Given that this event is based around Nashville songwriters telling tales and singing songs, there's a decidedly country flavor to the affair. With that in mind, I'm doing my take on the venerable Tele-with details that Mr. F may or may not approve of....

So let's get to the build!

Alder body blank prepared:




Box o' templates:



Body cut out, holes marked where necessary, outer contour routed:









Drill some holes, rout some cavities:







Rout some more:





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Old 01-10-2017, 11:41 PM   #2
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Re: CFF Pioneer

Well hey, it seems to fit so far!


Time to move on to the neck. I'm going dead simple for this one- quartersawn maple, flat headstock, bolt-on.







And this is where I finished up for the night:



I've been working with cantankerous exotics so much recently, I'd forgotten how pleasant and easily workable alder is.*

And with that, time for me to grab a Jai Alai. Thanks for taking a look!
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:02 AM   #3
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Re: CFF Pioneer

Looking nice!

I'm glad you've posted enough pics of your shaping process to help the rest of us with this task. This sort of thing (and Freddy's build vids) are what us beginners need to see.

Can't wait for the next installment...
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Re: CFF Pioneer

OK, now this is a Tele I can get my head into

Mostly because both the body and headstock have been altered sufficiently that its no
longer fugly
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:57 PM   #5
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Re: CFF Pioneer

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OK, now this is a Tele I can get my head into

Mostly because both the body and headstock have been altered sufficiently that its no
longer fugly
I was just thinking to myself "I bet this is a tele that Chris would like"

Great work as always Knightro!
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Re: CFF Pioneer

Thanks, guys! I really love the sound and workhorse vibe of a Tele but aesthetically and ergonomically, I felt that it needed a bit of help. Reinterpreting a classic is always good fun

Working on the headstock:





Pickguard and control cavity cover:







Output jack and strap locks:





This cavity cover ledge has some tight radii, so I used this adorable little template bit:




String-through holes, ferrules, neck bolt holes and washer recesses:






And of course, the inevitable too-early mockup:



Thanks for taking a look!
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What is that bit used to recess the neck bolts?
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Old 01-13-2017, 01:43 PM   #8
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Re: CFF Pioneer

Looks like a counter bore bit. Kind of like a spot facer bit. Stew mac sells similar bits for the truss rod access and for tuner holes with offset for bushings.

They are very handy tools indeed! Perfectly center larger holes using the smaller hole as a guide.




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Thanks Peter!
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:37 PM   #10
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Re: CFF Pioneer

Yep, Peter is right- it's a counterbore with 1/4" pilot.

Give me a rasp and a chunk of wood and I'll probably cut into it before too long:





The body is pretty well ready for the sanding process at this point, I'll be able to catch the neck up as soon as the fretboard and truss rod arrive.
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That's dead sexy! Very smooth.

Cheers Peter.
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I love the waist relief!
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Re: CFF Pioneer

Wow, this is looking great. I really dig your work. So clean and well-thought out.
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