My first build

DslDwg

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As so many others - I've been lurking around here forever. From the first time I saw this sight about two + years ago I knew I wanted to build one and realistically probably more than one. I had my first custom made way back in '84-'85 and find it very difficult to find an off the rack guitar that is what I really want. I'm no pro by any means but just know what I like and what I don't.

Warmoth seemed the perfect idea for me - I get to choose exactly what I want and not pay a fortune doing it. Plus I liked the idea of putting it together myself - knowing I didn't have to undo a set up that someone else did or being able to set it up with the light ass strings I like to play.  So for the last two years I have collected pictures of bodies that struck me - this file is now huge with hundreds of pictures of body woods and finishes that I love. I had a hard time narrowing down the shape although I was really leaning towards a Les Paul. I really liked the idea of a classic shaped guitar. So as I get closer - body shape check - wood combination check - etc.

Then this body catches my eye on the sale page - a tele? But I want a Les Paul right - hmmm? Gorgeous quilted maple top, beautiful paint job, f hole - not even close to what I was planning - but I have always like playing tele's in the store. There is just something so wrong about playing Slayer on a tele. I watch and watch - honestly I hope someone will buy it so I will quit thinking about it - nope still there. Finally I can't take it anymore I throw it in my cart and to my surprise it's even $50 less then it just was? Wow. So here it is my first project - not a Les Paul but a tele. and now I'm thinking my second project will be everything I wanted on a Les Paul but on a tele platform instead - because I frickin' love this thing.

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This is all I have for now - Warmoth is making the neck - 8-12 weeks  :sad1: The rest is Birdseye on Birdseye wizard neck. All gold hardware - pearl pickguard. Duncan hot rail in the bridge with a vintage stack in the neck - for that tele look but still giving me humbuckers. So happy to be part of the Warmoth club. This thing is everything I expected and more. Can't wait to start no. 2 and I've only got the first piece of no. 1

 
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Rouse

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Welcome to the boards!
Thats a beautiful cherry bursted tele, can't wait to see it completed, btw whats the wood on the body?
 

DocNrock

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Very cool, not too far off from my Tele, but I don't have an F hole, and my pup configuration is a bit different.  Great choices!  I got my body off of the clearance deals, too!

http://www.unofficialwarmoth.com/index.php?topic=4472.0

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Welcome!
 

DslDwg

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Thanks for the warm welcome. It's actually a thinline - Maple top obviously Alder body. I like yours doc very nice and I'm with you I think gold hardware looks great with this sort of color on the guitar. Plus I own no other guitar with gold hardware. This thing is so different from every other guitar I own - already it looks like a bird of paradise sitting in a room full of crows.  :laughing11: :laughing3:
 

DslDwg

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Here's my neck - birdseye on birdseye - sorry about the goofy direction - too tired to fix tonight. Hope you like I know I sure do. Warmoth kicks ass. :party07:

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blue313

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That neck is a great figuring match to the body!  This is going to be a nice build.  :icon_thumright:
 

Unwound G

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That guitar is a testament of how pretty figured Maple is.

Looking forward to your next LP build and the Strat thereafter and the VIP thereafter and the L5S thereafter and the........................
 

DslDwg

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After getting this guitar - don't know if I'll do a Les Paul - this may have turned me permanently into a Tele man I'll have to wait and see how much I like it once it's all put together, but so far I'm loving this thing. I've looked at the forums and galleries and there are certainly a lot of cool things to be done with a Tele.

I'm thinking my next project will be comphour burl top. Ebony/Ebony neck - floyd rose and blackouts  :headbang1:
 

DslDwg

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Yeah it's funny naked fretboards didn't use to be popular. Back in '87 I had a guitar built and only put an inlay on the 12th fret and the builder told me I was crazy. Now it's all the rage. I love it - especially with woods as nice as "W" uses. Next build will be ebony/ebony with no markings - can't wait
 
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