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My sister-in-law's father found this wood on his father's farm after his father passed away. He brought it back to Ontario and stored it in his workshop until he decided upon a suitable project for it. Sadly he passed away before he could do anything with it. I inherited several of his tools, and any of the wood that I cared to take away.
This board was 16" x 42" by 5/4", I estimate that the wood was harvested over 50 years ago.

The Board was not quite thick enough for an electric guitar body, so I cross cut and laminated the pieces then planed them to give me a piece thick enough for the job.

I decided upon a telecaster body style and downloaded a PDF template from the Telecaster Forum (tdpri.com)

I had intended to inlay my own logo into the headstock, but the collet on my dremel tool loosened on me and made minced meat of the headstock. In order to save it I used a 35mm forstner bit for european style cabinet hinges and used a nice piece of walnut which I scroll sawed my logo in to.

When ordering parts I forgot to order string tree's so I decided to make one out of a piece of bone left over from the nut.

The pick guard is Ziricote with 4 coats of clear minwax ploy eurethane.

The burst on the body was done with minwax walnut stain which I applied dry-brush style from the edges then pulled toward the center of the body with a rag. I'm really happy with the result.

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It's absolutely spectacular. A gorgeous guitar.
 

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An excellent way to honor her father and that beautiful piece of wood! Good job!
 

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nice axe :)
with a great history behind it
thank´s for sharing it with us

take care
Dennis
 

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A brand new antique guitar. Now that's something to wrap the noggin around!

You did a great job, and certainly a good save on the headstock…
 

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Very nice work. Do you know what type of wood it is?
 

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I bet that tall glass of Lebatt's isn't sitting there anymore !

Really nice work. True to original form, too. I have spanked a few of those planks.

Do you plan on building any more ? I suspect you do if you fussed over your logo any at all. I might consider commissioning one from you if you do such as that. Did you buy a blank neck ?

I just sold one of many guitars I own last week (a tele), but it was not true to original form in any way… http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290548293061&ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT#ht_1372wt_932

Again… nice work.
 

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JShane, it sounds amazing, If you know the "Telecaster" sound , it's got it, however I find it a bit mellower than a basswood or alder body.

Jack_T I'm guessing Eastern White Pine, it was harvested in Quebec North of Montreal.

David Grimes, Um, yes the liquid reward has been consumed! :)

I have built a few now and am running a hobby business doing setups and repairs in order to feed my G.A.S.
Picture 5 shows my guitar workstation on an antique desk that I rescued and restored. Unfortunately the repetitive motions required to do fret work threatened to tear the table apart so I built a trestle style work bench to replace it. That I'll post in another project./

I do take commissions but as this is a non-commercial site It would be best if you send me a P.M. and we take the discussion offline.

To answer your other questions, In this case I purchased the neck, but Tele necks are so basic I build them when it makes $en$e to do so.
If you prefer a particular neck profile it's often less expensive to purchase a neck from StewMac or Warmoth.

I'm glad you all enjoyed this guitar, it was a pleasure to build. There are a lot more details on my website if you want to see the entire build. http://www.ckcustomguitars.ca/cktele/index.html

Chris
 

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nice job, especially like the finish.
 
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