My take on a Fender Telecaster Thinline Guitar

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 09-23-2007 10:52 PM 6164 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend of mine rescued a piece of what I have called quilted mahogany from being hurled on to a bonfire. At only 4” x 2” and only around 20” long, the fantastic grain pattern appeared only along the 2” edge. In order to get full benefit, I sawed it into about 3/8” strips and, eventually, the top of this instrument was the result.
The rest of the body is less striking mahogany that came from a bank that was being re-fitted. The body is semi-solid – having cavities routed and then the top skin glued on.
The pickup nearest the bridge is a modern replica of one of the earliest electric guitar pickups made by Rickenbacker in, I believe, 1931

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 09-23-2007 11:08 PM

A beautiful instument Stewart.
Lumberjocks is building up a nice selection of guitars, so click on the guitar tag, to see the collection.

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

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#2 posted 09-23-2007 11:27 PM

You are quite the well-rounded woodworker, Stewart. That’s a fabulous guitar!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-23-2007 11:54 PM

I’d have to say that this is a very unique piece. How does it play? it is quite lovely!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 09-24-2007 12:49 AM

the grain on the face of the guitar is simply amazing. workmanship is astonishing.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 09-24-2007 12:53 AM

Beautiful grain

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 09-24-2007 01:04 AM

Very Cool! Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 09-24-2007 02:04 AM

Wow, what a great “Salvage” and end use for that wood, wish I could find some like that. Very beautiful.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 09-24-2007 02:38 AM

YStewart, you are a bit of a renaissance man. Great guitar!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 09-24-2007 10:06 PM

Thanks again gents for your comments. My playing is limited to half a dozen chords. I’ve set this one up for bottleneck playing so I’ve a long way to go before I can do it justice. It sounds good to me but I am biased!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#10 posted 09-25-2007 01:48 AM

very cool…i agree with the “well-rounded” description…and all high quality…Now we need a “sound feature added to Ljs to hear the collection of guitars as Dick mentioned…maybe you could make a quick video playing the guitar… :)

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 09-25-2007 02:52 AM

Great looking guitar. Something to be proud of.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 11-22-2007 10:52 AM

Beautiful Job. I’m almost finished with my first electric bass. I’ll post it between now and Monday (Hopefully)

Not nearly as nice as yours, but this is my first attempt.

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#13 posted 11-22-2007 05:03 PM

That’s a beautiful instrument, Stewart!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 11-22-2007 11:44 PM

Thank you Tom & I’ll look out for the posting of your bass Obi.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#15 posted 11-22-2007 11:51 PM

Stewart i get the feeling that when people told you growing up that you couldnt do something….You didnt listen to any of em! Great looking guitar!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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