Telecaster Build Blog Part 3. From Parts To Guitar

Earlier, I showed you the steps I took to turn some parts into a guitar. I drilled the holes in the neck so the neck and body can be attached. I also installed the tuners. Just a recap: this Tele has a medium weight hard ash body and a thick single piece maple neck with 21 frets.

Neck Construction

There are three things worth mentioning when it comes to the neck itself: How is the neck-to-body connection made? What is the construction method of the neck shaft? And how does the neck shaft transition to the headstock?

Intonation and the Scale of Things

The guitar is by default never in tune. This can create immense frustration with players who can’t stand to have their guitar to not be in tune. I know players who even tune during a song. Modern technique can, unfortunately, only help you so far.

Tele Build Blog, Part 2: Prepping the Headstock for Tuners

Last time I installed the neck of my Telecaster project, but no single piece of hardware was attached. The time has come to take a crack at the tuners. It’s in my opinion that the best way to install the tuners as the first piece of hardware. That way you can loosely fix some (old) strings to the bridge and move it around to get the best spacing possible.

Telecaster Build Blog, Part 1: The Neck

I always wished to own a Telecaster, but after having tried over 20 guitars I still was without a Tele! So, I decided to build me one. I started out with Allparts parts though, since I don’t have the time (nor capabilities) to really build from scratch. I have the theory that you want a thick maple neck and medium heavy, medium dense ash for a body. The maple will give the bite, and the thickness will give you some lows.

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