Telecaster pattern guitar project in cherry, mahogany and rosewood

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Project by stanley_clifton posted 05-16-2009 11:51 PM 7854 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have waited until I had delivered this guitar before posting it as a project. The instrument certainly seemed to go down well, moreso for coming completely out of the blue.

Here’s a link to my Flickr page for wip photos:

There are 81 pics so I hope that they are not too boring.

This has been a very demanding and frankly stressful project: a lot of tasks have had to be done twice and the neck and fretboard are really not good enough, even for a first guitar. Thanks are due to Melvyn Hiscock for his book ‘Make your own electric guitar’ and to Steve Dickie for his excellent video series on You Tube.

Now that I have got the experience, tools and materials in hand, there will be further guitars. In fact the next one is already taking shape. Hopefully this instrument will avoid at least some of the mistakes made on this one. I will be able to use the fretboard cutting jig that I posted a couple of weeks ago.

I hope that you enjoy this post.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 05-17-2009 12:14 AM

Thats awesome!! So tell me, how does that big B major chord sound!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 05-17-2009 02:11 AM

Nice job… I want to make one of these someday…. But, I think I’ll bow out on the neck…. I’ll just buy one..LOL….

Thanks for posting…


-- Happy and safe woodworking, [email protected]

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#3 posted 05-17-2009 03:20 AM

a great guitar so well done


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#4 posted 05-17-2009 05:25 AM

A beautiful guitar, and you look so happy!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#5 posted 05-17-2009 11:37 AM

Well done Stanley! It looks great. I have a great acoustic guitar building book. The authors say you should not expect your first guitar to be as good as you would like, but to appreciate the learning experience. Congrats on a job well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-17-2009 01:56 PM

Thanks for the nice comments.

Just to note that it’s not me on the second photo, but Colin who I made the guitar for.

My next guitar will be better.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 05-17-2009 11:13 PM

A very nice mostly handcrafted guitar.

I enjoyed your pictorial of every facet of the construction.

I built a Telecaster, but I ended up buying the neck.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 05-25-2009 10:03 PM

this is awsome, do u have the pattern that you could send me?

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#9 posted 10-26-2009 04:42 PM

have you started your next guitar yet?
this one is first class. im starting my first one and ordered parts from stu mac.
where did you order your parts from?

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#10 posted 10-26-2009 11:44 PM

I have started the next guitar, but have not got too far due to working on the garden bench project and now boxes for Christmas presents. The new guitar will still be Tele pattern, but with humbucker pick ups. It will have a mahogany body faced with red cedar. The neck will be mahogany; this time the truss rod is sealed in with an ebony fillet.

My first set of parts were ordered via the local music place, which gave me lots of free advice too. However, I now order direct from Touchstone Tonewoods, David Dyke Luthier supplies and various e-bay shops.

Thanks for the comments on the first guitar. There is plenty of room for improvement, but thanks.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#11 posted 10-31-2009 06:42 AM

teles are some of the most versatile and in my opinion best looking guitars out there. this one is exceptional looking. nice work.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#12 posted 10-31-2009 08:20 AM

Looks great to me and from the smile he was pleased.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#13 posted 10-31-2009 07:58 PM

Thanks for the good wishes. This project seems to have become popular again over the last week. I’m now inspired to restart the next guitar project after Christmas; the parts are already.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#14 posted 07-30-2011 05:22 AM

Nice job… looked at the photos… almost all hand made with just a few power tools. That takes a lot of patience.

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