Project pre cbs slabboard tele - finished...

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poopotpoopot Frets: 1219
edited July 6 in Making & Modding
following on from the baja refin and going with the mantra “one is good, two is better”. I decided it was time to sort out my blue tele...

had the body in its current form for a while now, it even had a neck on it, it was even used in anger!... hated the neck tho’ horrible allparts slim profile thing...

the bands bass banjo player was putting putting together a tele and wanted a neck so the allparts neck was thrust his way!... which left me with this:



No much use without a handle!...

reading a couple of build threads on here I noticed that @customkits had mentioned he and @johnP_90 ;;; were in the process of putting together some proper vintage spec tele necks!!!!

hmmmm, interesting!... a few email exchanges and promises of money later I managed to get in on the limited run and have blagged myself a stunning vintage correct, slab board tele neck









Its Fecking stunning!... 



So so far it’s been fitted to the body and had a cheeky coat of tint...



Whilst I was at his workshop, @customkits  very kindly let me have a play on some of his “bursts” that he builds....

I really dont have the words to describe just how utterly stunning those guitars are... if I can sell my one good kidney I will have one off him!...

more tele updates soon!.
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 20338
    Really good job save for one minor detail;

    slab boards rarely, if ever, have flat sawn necks, because if they bulge (as flat sawn can) the slab pops off....

    fender slabs were 99% rift or 1/4 sawn.

    Donald Trump has spoken movingly about 7-Eleven. It reminded him, he said, of the way Americans came together in 1941 after Pearl Necklace.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15391
    Copycat! Get yer own blue tele.. eh, @Alnico ;

    ;)


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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 4219
    They'd look good together in a photo.

    Looking forward to seeing yours finished @poopot ;
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15391
    Alnico said:
    They'd look good together in a photo.

    Looking forward to seeing yours finished @poopot ;
    The relic on yours is a bit more subtle..
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1219
    edited July 5
    Gassage said:
    Really good job save for one minor detail;

    slab boards rarely, if ever, have flat sawn necks, because if they bulge (as flat sawn can) the slab pops off....

    fender slabs were 99% rift or 1/4 sawn.
    Like these you mean?










    I thought most old fender necks necks were flat sawn?... may be wrong... I’m sure folk will put me right!...
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1219
    Alnico said:
    They'd look good together in a photo.

    Looking forward to seeing yours finished @poopot ;
    At the next “southern jam and photoshoot”
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 665
    Gassage said:
    Really good job save for one minor detail;

    slab boards rarely, if ever, have flat sawn necks, because if they bulge (as flat sawn can) the slab pops off....

    fender slabs were 99% rift or 1/4 sawn.
    well I've just found a 62 slab that's flat sawn and i haven't even started looking properly, how many necks have you made btw
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  • AlnicoAlnico Frets: 4219
    Alnico said:
    They'd look good together in a photo.

    Looking forward to seeing yours finished @poopot ;;
    The relic on yours is a bit more subtle..
    Yes it is. Notably the rust on the bridge and the slight gloss that's still on the paint. 
    Mine is all satin with no rust so it's a slightly different look which is why I thought they'd look good in the same photo.

    I've toyed with the idea of replacing the guard on mine with a proper lacquered mint green one but what it has already just looks genuinely old, albeit still white, so I've held off so far.


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15391
    Alnico said:
    Alnico said:
    They'd look good together in a photo.

    Looking forward to seeing yours finished @poopot ;;
    The relic on yours is a bit more subtle..
    Yes it is. Notably the rust on the bridge and the slight gloss that's still on the paint. 
    Mine is all satin with no rust so it's a slightly different look which is why I thought they'd look good in the same photo.

    I've toyed with the idea of replacing the guard on mine with a proper lacquered mint green one but what it has already just looks genuinely old, albeit still white, so I've held off so far.


    Authentic Yorkshire tea stains on that pickguard I’ll have you know ;)
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 665
    well none of those old boards look like they've lifted, we do use hot hide glue, I'm not sure fender did though
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1219
    Forgot to add... deluxe tuners already to go...


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15391
    poopot said:
    Forgot to add... deluxe tuners already to go...


    Need a bit more ageing mate ;)

    Get that vinegar or patio cleaner out!
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1219
    poopot said:
    Forgot to add... deluxe tuners already to go...


    Need a bit more ageing mate ;)

    Get that vinegar or patio cleaner out!
    They look a lot worse in that picture to be fair... bad lighting!...



    Better get the neck finished before the fingerboard falls off I guess! :)
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 665
    edited July 5
    poopot said:
    poopot said:
    Forgot to add... deluxe tuners already to go...


    Need a bit more ageing mate

    Get that vinegar or patio cleaner out!
    They look a lot worse in that picture to be fair... bad lighting!...



    Better get the neck finished before the fingerboard falls off I guess!
    yes be quick about it

    Leo must have spent days and endless hours picking wood that is the right grain orientation then tapping it and stress testing to make sure those bloody rosewood boards stayed put  =)  
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1219
    Tuners are on... with just the perfect gap between each one... serious ocd towards detail on this neck...


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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8892
    poopot said:
    Gassage said:
    Really good job save for one minor detail;

    slab boards rarely, if ever, have flat sawn necks, because if they bulge (as flat sawn can) the slab pops off....

    fender slabs were 99% rift or 1/4 sawn.
    Like these you mean?










    I thought most old fender necks necks were flat sawn?... may be wrong... I’m sure folk will put me right!...
    Just to be pedantic, the top 2 and bottom one are flat sawn.

    the middle ones are varying degrees of rift dawn, but with tool marks parallel to the fretboard join.

    like @customkits  kits alludes to.  I don’t think Fender worried too much about it, just got a load of mostly flatsawn maple and used all the variability within that. If you get a big blank of flatsawn maple the bits closer to the edge will often be more riftsawn, but Leo wasn’t the sort to waste it.

    luckily maple is often stiff enough that either will be stable

    i don’t think I have ever seen a vintage quartersawn neck
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 665
    WezV said:

    i don’t think I have ever seen a vintage quartersawn neck
    Thanks Wez that's my view and my neck looks very typical to me, as long as that wood is seasoned and stable I'll use it

    Leo was a penny pincher even mixing slot head and philips screws on one guitar, he didn't care imo
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1219
    Regardless... it’s a banging feckin neck!!!!
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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 665
    poopot said:
    Regardless... it’s a banging feckin neck!!!!
    i agree same as this one and the others 


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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1219
    Strings on... rough set up... happy happy happy... :)

    I should come clean and point out that the ONE thing thats not vintage correct is the radius... 7.25" to 9.25" compound... and its fecking glorious to play... With the profile I will let @customkits explain that one as my description of "best neck ever" probably wont satisfy the masses.

    Cleaned up the bridge a little, just to get rid of the rust (it'll rust again after a few sweaty gigs tho')

    Waiting on some compensated saddles, period correct knobs and a decent neck plate... Other than that its done












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  • customkitscustomkits Frets: 665
    Well there is mention of compound radius on some vintage ones, can't remember where i read it but it's out there 
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1219
    Well there is mention of compound radius on some vintage ones, can't remember where i read it but it's out there 
    It’s lovely, that I can say... today was set aside for invoicing and accounts... that’s not been done :) can’t stop playing the guitar... genuinly can say it’s the nicest neck I’ve played in a long time!... 
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