C18Q1 Lefty Jim Root Tele

powerhandpowerhand Frets: 6
edited January 12 in Making & Modding

So, this will be my first ever “build”, but essentially I’ll just be screwing a whole load of bits together. In keeping with the theme, Fender don’t make a left-handed version of the Jim Root Tele, so my aim is to essentially make a replica that I can play. 

Here's what it’ll hopefully turn out like, but t’other way around...


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  • Here's the body, wonderfully made for me by @GSPBASSES. ; I particularly like the rear cavity with built-in battery holder.


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  • Here's an obligatory mock-up of where things should go after it's been painted.

    Because everything is harder to get in left-handed, I had to custom order the pickguard from http://www.wdmusic.co.uk/.  The rest of the hardware and pickups I got as a job lot from https://stratosphereparts.com/

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  • normula1normula1 Frets: 175
    The battery cavity is a clever idea.
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  • Right, I've painted the guitar body in primer, but despite the use of nearly 3 cans the grain is still visible through the paint.

    Have I;

    a. Used the wrong type of wood for a solid colour finish?

    b. Missed out the sander/filler step which would have filled the grain?

    Am I able to fill now, and if so what product is recommended* or is the answer more paint?

    *I have previously used Rustins Professional Wood Filler and despite my best efforts to mix the correct ratio of filler:hardener (golf ball:pea), I've yet to have it satisfactorily cure.  Any advice here would also be most appreciated.

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  • powerhandpowerhand Frets: 6
    edited January 16

    On to the neck - after 8 or so layers of tru-oil, I managed to bury the decal, flat sanded it and then sprayed some matt lacquer over the top.

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  • Then I added some Vanson locking tuners.  This was my first time drilling any holes into anything guitar shaped, so I was a bit worried, but it went ok.


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  • WezVWezV Frets: 7224

    You won't fill ash grain with paint alone.   Personally I like the sunken grain look, but if its not what you are after yo will need to grainfill.


    Rustins grainfiller or ronseal  high performance wood filler should do the trick, may need thinning to work as a grainfiller.  You will need to do that, then another coat of primer before proceeding

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  • WezV said:

    You won't fill ash grain with paint alone.   Personally I like the sunken grain look, but if its not what you are after yo will need to grainfill.


    Rustins grainfiller or ronseal  high performance wood filler should do the trick, may need thinning to work as a grainfiller.  You will need to do that, then another coat of primer before proceeding


    I figured as much, but the sunken grain look has actually grown on me - it adds a bit of interest.  I'll be finishing it in a matt lacquer which I think will make the grain look pretty cool, so I'm going to stick with it as it is.
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