The New Axe

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Project by Pookwood posted 11-03-2012 12:36 PM 1842 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the new axe, its taken some time but only working a few hours on a weekend, I knew it would take the time. This is my version of a Texas-like Tele. I made the body and neck from Honduran Mahogany ..a friend of mine had a 48” x 28” x 2 1/8” piece of flat sawn Honduran Mahogany laying around that he let me have. So, I cut it up and had enough wood for 4 neck blanks, 2 bodies and smaller pieces for other projects, this is the first of those projects. The fretboard is made from Pau Ferro that I radiused to 12”, 22 fret. Cream inlay dots and nut slot, ivory nut. Truss nod is a Hot Rod dual adjust traditional from Stew-Mac with the adjustment in the heel of the neck. I added the “skunk stripe” and made it out of black walnut. I decided I was not going to use a pickguard because of the radical grain pattern of the mahogany, so I end up making the neck pickup mount and the control cavity cover out of Flamed Koa. The pickups are the DragonFire texas blues pickup that are about the same as the Fender Texas Specials and its has a very powerful sound, better than the Strat I made earlier in the year. Its heavy, 8 pounds heavy. Its a monster. ...a hybrid monster, cross between a Gibson neck and a Fender Telecaster body. but not.

-- Wayne

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 01:37 PM

Beautiful job. Wish I had it to play.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 03:19 PM

Great Tele! I used to play in an R & B group…..just gotta learn to make one of those. Your Strat looks great, too!

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 03:50 PM

Wow! That’s a beauty! I like everything about it.

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 09:27 PM

Super nice!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 11-03-2012 11:39 PM

That’s beautiful. Great work.

-- Anthony

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#6 posted 11-04-2012 03:34 AM

Great piece. Bet it sounds as good as it looks.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#7 posted 11-04-2012 12:27 PM

Perhaps a clear pick guard would do the trick? I’d hate to see that beautiful piece of work get all scratched up!

-- -- Michael, Troy NY

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#8 posted 11-04-2012 12:35 PM

What a great guitar! I totally agree with the pick guard decision,it would be a shame to cover that nice piece of mahogany. Building a guitar is definitely on my bucket list.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 11-04-2012 08:43 PM

that looks amazing, i would love to build a guitar but not sure i have what it takes. did you use any sort of template? how did you know where to rout out for pickups and knobs? the neck is mainly the part that scares me. what’s the finish on this one?

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#10 posted 11-05-2012 11:22 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words…@Jason31, The only templates I used were for the pickups. The rest was done by measurement.. the neck was pretty easy to make.just alot time and patience. The finish is High gloss poly. the fretboard was hand rubbed gun oil, only one coat…didn’t want it shiny. you might want to picup a couple of books on guitar making, it will help.

-- Wayne

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