The Cherrycaster - First guitar build

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Project by camps764 posted 12-07-2013 12:33 PM 1784 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first guitar build – I can see why people get hooked building these. Was meant as a blog series…but I’m terribly about documenting my process – get too absorbed in the work I guess.

Solid cherry body finished with Minwax Antique Oil – LOTS of coats to build to the finish I wanted.

After the first flood coat soaked in I wet sanded with the oil and 220 wet/dry paper to fill the grain and smooth the finish.

The neck was purchased from GuitarPartsUSA – for my first build I wasn’t quite ready to tackle neck construction. I cut the headstock using a patter from another guitar builder’s forum.

Already looking forward to my next one – a thinline version of the same guitar – in mahogany.

Thanks for looking!

-- Steve

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#1 posted 12-07-2013 01:16 PM

Looks like a true tele! How does it play?

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#2 posted 12-07-2013 01:30 PM

Thanks Wyatt :)

In my opinion it plays great!

I already plan to change out the brass barrel saddles with some individual saddles so I can get the intonation a little closer to perfect…but it’s pretty dang close to begin.

The solid cherry is a little on the heavy side, but I play sitting down mostly so it’s not a big deal.

Twang king in the neck position and a vintage broadcaster in the bridge slot – it sounds like a true tele too :)

I really like the thin oil finish on the neck – it’ smooth but not glassy. The action is a little high – but I haven’t spent a lot of time dressing the frets further or working on the neck relief.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 12-07-2013 01:42 PM

Beautiful guitar, I love the Cherry body.

I have built two basses (you can find both in my projects if you are interested) and like you I have not tackled a neck from scratch yet, (I get mine from Carvin). That is my next step but will do it in steps building practice necks out of cheaper wood.

Always happy to see another woodworker/musician combining their passions like this. Keep rockin’ and thanks for sharing.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#4 posted 12-07-2013 03:42 PM

That’s a nice looking Tele! What pickups did you put in it?

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#5 posted 12-07-2013 11:58 PM

Done already? Looks great man.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 02:21 PM

Good job. The body will darken nicely over time.

-- Nicky

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#7 posted 12-08-2013 05:47 PM

Outstanding! Do you play?

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#8 posted 12-09-2013 01:04 AM

Thats a nice set of pickups! And when you start playing it you will dial in the neck relief and anything else that needs adjustment. Be patient and it will play awesome!

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#9 posted 12-09-2013 07:04 PM

Thanks everyone!

Wolf Daddy – Di Marzio Twang King at the neck and Duncan vintage broadcaster on the bridge. I went back and forth between that set-up and a set of Fralin Blues Specials (ala Brad Paisley) and decided to save a little money for my first build. The next one on my bench will be a thinline in mahogany – that one will probably have the Fralins in it. I need to wait until after the holidays settle down though :)

Red – Appreciate it man…this one went pretty quickly…I was feeling impatient – after the pickups arrived I REALLY wanted to hear how they would sound….so I got a little obsessed about finishing it up and getting it together….that’s why there still aren’t string trees or strap buttons on it…I’ve been playing too much to put them in ;)

Nicky – I’m hoping so. I really like the color, but am hoping it gets a little darker.

DJ – I used to play a ton – stopped for a few years, and recently picked it back up.

Wyatt – It’s getting there. I want to give it some time and get to know it a little better before I fiddle with it – so you’re spot on with the patience :)

-- Steve

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 11:59 PM

Beautiful job on the guitar.

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#11 posted 01-20-2014 07:24 PM

good job, some day I would like to figure that one out.

Thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 01-21-2014 11:49 PM

Thanks Mcoy.

I didn’t do much figuring….more or less followed some plans and used my existing WW’ing knowledge.

The forum is where I found all the info I needed.

-- Steve

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