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Tinkerer
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Sep 7th, 2019 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I made the body with a chambered pine center core, and roasted maple front and back panels. Neck is a Warmoth roasted maple. The pickup is a Railhammer Tel 90. In order to give rhythm and lead sounds, the "selector" is a bass contour/cut slider pot.

Total weight 5lbs 11 oz. 1 1/4" body thickness

edited: I forgot to mention about the finish. I sealed the sides with a coat of wipe on poly then used red Unicorn spit on all o the surfaces. I put a couple of coats of wipe on poly over that, and then sanded the fronts and backs back down to raw wood, but with a hints of color still showing. I want to see how the roasted maple front and back holds up unsealed.

Front View

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 12:54 AM, Sep 8th, 2019)

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Sep 7th, 2019 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

You’ve outdone yourself!!!

Love the slider. Did you get what you were hoping for from the bass contour?

Tinkerer
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Sep 7th, 2019 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was experimenting with neck pocket contours and went too far and got some cracking of the pine center. In order to fix that, I inset an aluminum panel into the back, and then used JB Weld epoxy to build the neck pocket contour back up, and to adhere the panel to the body.

In addition to the epoxy, the neck screws go through the aluminum panel, and I used a threaded coupler on one of the bridge mounting screws, so that the bridge and back panel are coupled.

The bridge is an inexpensive top loader, that I load with graph tech saddles.

Rear view

(This message was last edited by Tinkerer at 09:23 PM, Sep 7th, 2019)

Tinkerer
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Sep 7th, 2019 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Leftee! I think so, it sounds great in my preliminary testing, and I will have a chance to try it for real at band practice next week.

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Sep 7th, 2019 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Outstanding!!!

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Sep 7th, 2019 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

There's not another one like it. Kudos!

Leftee
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Sep 8th, 2019 06:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

Where did you get the roasted maple for the body?

Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Sep 8th, 2019 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you all!!

Leftee, I got the roasted maple from American Speciality Hardwoods.

American Specialty Hardwoods

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Sep 9th, 2019 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Really fine work, beautifully done.

Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Sep 9th, 2019 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you!

Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Sep 13th, 2019 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

An update - I took the guitar to band practice this week, and am very pleased with how it plays and sounds. The Railhammer Tel 90 neck pickup is quite bright - even in the neck it sounds to me more like a bridge pickup. It cuts through the band mix well, but for several reasons the bass cut tone control was not very usable. There was too much of a volume drop, and I did not need a brighter lead sound. What I have ended up with after a bunch of experiements is adding a 250k ohm slider pot for volume control, and wiring the 1 meg ohm slider tone pot to be standard treble cut, but with only a .005 cap. This trims the highs for a warmer sound if I need it, but with no mud.

Tinkerer
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Sep 14th, 2019 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

One more update - I continued experimenting, and ended up going with a 1meg linear taper slider pot for volume- I wanted a longer travel slider and I had one in my parts bin. I also ended up with .002 cap value on the tone (treble cut) 1meg pot. This setup gives me a very nice range of rhythm to lead kinds of sounds.

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Sep 14th, 2019 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

There is something very cool and very organic about playing a self-built guitar (even if assembled from a kit) with other musicians. I think it adds some magic to the music.

Railhammers are fantastic pickups. Every one I've heard, I liked.

Tinkerer
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Sep 14th, 2019 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I feel more connected to the music, like there is more of me in it, playing something I've made.

The Tel 90 was in their product line a short time and was dropped, I'm guessing, to make the entire product line hum free. There is nothing in their product line now that matches the tone chart specs of the Tel 90. I have their hyper vintage neck and their alnico grande bridge pickups in other guitars and also really like them.

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