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    My First Build - TLA-1

    Hi everyone,

    I nearly always read forums from a distance and leave the posting to others but thought in the case of guitar building it was time to make an exception.

    I have had my tele kit for a couple of weeks and have managed to get the neck prepared and the shape of the headstock done. It nearly went pear-shaped when using the jigsaw - it was so lucky I had built in a lot of space for final sanding otherwise I would have added an 'artistic flourish' to the traditional tele shape. I think a coping saw will be the go on the next build.

    I have been sanding the body today and am planning to avoid any power tool usage wherever possible. From the reading I have done it looks like I need to set the sanding sealer on the ash body fairly early on - as I sand I notice some parts will smooth but it opens up new grains in the wood so I can see what that is the recommendation.

    Have been videoing the build and putting it on YouTube but will take some photos as I go and post them here.

    Thanks for having me on board.

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    welcome! you are right re the sanding sealer, if you want to get a smooth finish. I have used the Feast Watson stuff with success.
    hope you have fun!
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    Sealer

    Quote Originally Posted by Andyxlh View Post
    welcome! you are right re the sanding sealer, if you want to get a smooth finish. I have used the Feast Watson stuff with success.
    hope you have fun!
    A
    Thanks for the reply - happily thats exactly the sealer I have bought so I am glad I am on the right track

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    Build Video Diary

    Quote Originally Posted by supapuffin View Post
    Thanks for the reply - happily thats exactly the sealer I have bought so I am glad I am on the right track
    Hi all,

    these are the two videos I have done so far covering the build - I hadn't gone for high production value as initially it was just for my own future reference. However, they may be of some interest for others doing their first build to see common mistakes and possible solutions.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J6CVnvI6t8&t=2s

    AND

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psF72MkqX-c&t=1s

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    Hey supa - keep the vids & pics coming. Enjoying your experience as I'm a newbie builder too. The detail in your vids is very helpful, Cheers.

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    These are great videos, keep em coming thank you and good luck.


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    Looking good so far, and the videos are pretty comprehensive.
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    Look what arrived this morning

    The paint for the Tele build arrived this morning. Despite these four cans costing about as much as the base kit I hope it will be well worth the investment. Whilst it's not everyone's cup of tea, I think the Fender Surf Green colour is one that is iconic for vintage Strats and Teles.

    Now just to finish the surface prep and apply very carefully.
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    Nice choice of colour, thatís what I was originally going for but found it difficult to get the right colour at the right price.
    Might end up going for a very light blue now.


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    Oh interesting. This will be the first time I've seen someone use nitro on here, should give you a very authentic finish. Looking forward to it.
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