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    Need to modify my Telecaster - any hidden traps?

    So I just finished my Telecaster. I stringed it up and the strings were literally laying flat on the frets. Raising the bridge barrels to playable string height left the adjusting screws deep into the bridge barrels which looked funky. So I cut a piece of scrap metal and placed under the...
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    Is this a ground wire?

    I'm doing the soldering in my Tele build, I know nothing about electricity and have to look at wiring diagrams and follow them slavishly. They say there should be a ground wire from the volume pot to the bridge plate, but it feels like the wire I highlighted in the below image does the same...
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    Nitro laquer - what's happening here?

    This is a Telecaster I just sprayed with Mary Kaye White nitro. Looks good from a distance but looking closer the orange peel surface gets coarser in areas and the laquer also seem to be pulling away from certain spots, showing the wood even after several passes. What's happening, and why...
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    Nitro lacquer strange behaviour

    This is obviously the tip of the headstock of my Junior. I'm putting the clear layers on and I got a bit generous when I sprayed the area in question, the guitar was hanging with the headstock down and the black on the front of the headstock bled around the corner and destroyed the tip area. So...
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    What's up with this Telecaster plan?

    Am I an idiot or is the below Tele plan incorrect? I got it off the internet, had it printed and during the weekend I made some templates. I have an -82 JV Squier Telecaster, a fairly accurate 1952 replica, and for fun I laid my freshly made neck template on top of the Squier neck, and I...
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    Ash too heavy, maple too soft?

    Two years ago I helped my father in law to cut some large ash trees, mainly to give a better view of the lake. I noticed the classic Fender grain and since I've always had an interest in the technical aspect of guitars I thought this was a good time to try and build one, specifically a blonde...
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    Questions about grain filling

    I have this piece of mahogany shaped like a Les Paul Junior and it's time to fill the pores. I've tested on a piece of scrap wood but not much happened. After sanding the filler away most pores looked just like before. I think the filler was too thick, I will thin it with water the next time...
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    Ever Ruined a Build in a Split Second?

    I just did. I was at my router table, routing an earlier, almost insignificant little epoxy patch flush when disaster truck. The router bit grabbed the wood on the inside of the lower horn and tore out every single wood fiber on a 2 by 2 inch area. An hour later, still in panic, I tried to fill...
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    Messed up fretboard - how strong is sawdust/epoxy mix?

    This is my first build ever, a standard DC Junior. I sawed the fret slots with a dozuki saw and a DIY MDF miterbox. Before I started sawing I made a few practice runs that turned out good but when I sawed the first actual fret I made a boneheaded mistake and used a different slot in the miter...




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