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Poll results: Which Pickups for a vintage telecaster build?
Voter(s): 8
Poll is closed Apr 12, 2021
Iron Gear Steel Foundry  -  votes: 7 / 87.5%
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87.5%
Wilkinson M- Series AlNiCo V  -  votes: 2 / 25%
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25%
Vanson Vintage 50's AlNiCo V  -  votes: 0 / 0%
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60's Telecaster build - Which pickups?  

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07/04/2021 11:04 pm  

Some more pictures. I still have to fix some spots and try to eliminate high spots using scrapers. but that will be for another day.

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Some rough spots around the transitions that I need to sort out

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I am pretty happy with the result so far, but what do you guys ( and girls) think?

 


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07/04/2021 11:12 pm  

Of course, after a while I completely forgot and just followed my intuition and what felt right.

@koendb Boom! Nice work my friend. I love neck carving. 👍🎸

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07/04/2021 11:16 pm  

I am pretty happy with the result so far, but what do you guys ( and girls) think?

@koendb Yeah, I think it’s looking great. The heal transition and the volute areas need a little more work to get them a tiny bit neater but all in all it’s looking good. 

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07/04/2021 11:24 pm  

The heal transition and the volute areas need a little more work to get them a tiny bit neater

Yes I agree @boo


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08/04/2021 12:05 am  

Looks great @koendb the volute and heal are gonna be great after final sanding..

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08/04/2021 10:05 am  

The heal transition and the volute areas need a little more work to get them a tiny bit neater

the volute and heal are gonna be great after final sanding..

More like this?

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Heal is almost done, just a small bump I need to remove

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08/04/2021 10:42 am  

Looking good @koendb, your neck is really shaping up!

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08/04/2021 11:26 am  

More like this?

@koendb Yep, exactly like that, nice work. It’s really shaping up now. 👍

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08/04/2021 11:29 am  

@koendb Oh, I didn’t read Matt’s comment before I typed my comment, he used the same joke before me. That doesn’t happen very often. 🤣 @mattbeels 

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08/04/2021 7:59 pm  

C’mon @boo, keep up man!

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10/04/2021 11:46 am  

I installed tuners yesterday evening. Gotoh vintage style staggered to be precise.
They look great, but boy are they a pain in the butt to install !

These bushings are 8.30mm and leave little room for error.
I did a couple of tests in mdf using a drill press and that was no big success, I could not get these tuners to line up properly.

The only way to make it work, I found, was to stick a 15cm ruler to the back with double sided tape, line the tuners up against it.
Remove tuners, slightly enlarge the front of the peg holes with a reamer, so the bushing can be pushed in a bit by hand ( just a few mm at a time ),putting back the tuners, make sure they still line up. If one tuner seems to go out of line, use the reamer to correct the peghole  a bit. I did this until I got all bushings in bout half way, repeating the process.
Then I drilled screwholes tuner per tuner, going back to correcting the bushing angle slightly when the tuner is getting out of line.

I used beeswax on both bushings and screws at all times.

After all holes where drilled and tuners where sitting firmly, I removed them all again and enlarged the pegholes a little more with the reamer to make sure I would be able to push them in with quite some force.
Reinstalled the tuners and screws, then I used a 8mm socket and a glue clamp to push the bushings in.

They are not completely in right now maybe half a mm left, but it only requires a final push and wont (hopefully) affect alignment anymore.

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10/04/2021 3:13 pm  

@koendb

I could not get these tuners to line up properly

Sounds like you need a CNC router.  I had a similar problem lining up just three a side. I plugged and redrilled 4 of the holes, and two of them twice. I eventually got it close enough by elongating one side of a hole and filling the other side with superglue, then drilling again to make it round.


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10/04/2021 3:58 pm  

Sounds like you need a CNC router.

I need a bigger wallet and space to put all these things. 🙂

To be honest, I like this tedious method as it is relaxing and I am training my patience and accuracy at the same time.
I just wasn't expecting this to be so difficult.
And I think it turned out quite ok, there is just a slight imperfection on the two last tuners, they don't line up 100% but it is really minimal.


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10/04/2021 4:02 pm  

Sounds like you need a CNC router. 

I think that's just another whole world of questions, rather than an answer

😉

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12/04/2021 4:55 pm  

@koendb

Installing vintage style tuners is a pain. The biggest problem are the bushings as there isn’t a standard between manufacturers and getting the right size hole is also annoying as they are always some weirdo 6.24 or whatever and some bushings are tapered, grrrrr. Be warned: forcing them in too much and you’ll crack the headstock! I never did that but have heard the horror stories. Stewmac (of course) have special reamers for this job and as a repairman I have the whole set! $$$ 

Then of course getting them lined up on the back, yee-haa!

It looks like you did a good job though, congrats!

Speaking of Stewmac I notice that you have their cam clamps $$$. When you need more search for them here in Europe. Klemmsia (the original German brand) or Bessy (also German, weird) or whatever brand as it’s a common clamp sold under many different names. 

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