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    Build #7 - Custom TL-1HA

    Soo, it has happened again!
    While waiting for final coats to gas off the Axe I have thought of another project.
    I thought I needed to have a go at creating a Mr Scary (George Lynch's guitar from Dokken ).
    I have placed a custom order for a TL-1HA - basically a blank tele body with no routes, rosewood fretboard and black hardware. It will be a long wait before it arrives.

    Hopefully I'm up for the challenge. Lots of ideas floating around in my head as to how to do this. I think it will be a long, long term project. My dremel is on standby.
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    PitBull Builds: FVB-4, LP-1SS, FBM-1, AG-2 (Runner up GOTM May 2021), TB-4, SSCM-1, TLA-1, TL-1TB, STA-1HT.

    Scratch Builds: Pine Explorer, Axe Bass, Mr Scary (current), Scratchy Thinline (current).

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    This will be interesting and hopefully a learning experience for all. I bought myself a router a while back with the intention of doing something "interesting" one day. It's still in the box - never used one before. Anyway, I digress. Looking forward to this one.

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    The custom TL-1HA kit arrived last week. It arrived the day after being posted. All looks good.

    I did a mock build to determine the placement of the bridge.

    Also created a MDF template for the bridge humbucker and then routed the cavity. I cheated a bit with the template as I used the body from a TL-1TB kit as the template to make my template.

    Also created a control cavity on the back. My intention is to have a volume and tone control.

    I will not change the body any more - that way if I do not like the added skeleton I still have a tele!
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    PitBull Builds: FVB-4, LP-1SS, FBM-1, AG-2 (Runner up GOTM May 2021), TB-4, SSCM-1, TLA-1, TL-1TB, STA-1HT.

    Scratch Builds: Pine Explorer, Axe Bass, Mr Scary (current), Scratchy Thinline (current).

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    This is going to be fun to watch!
    #001 (LP-1S) [finished - co-runner up Nov 2018 GOTM]
    #002 (WL-1)
    #003 (MPL Megacaster - semi scratch build) [finished]
    #004 (ST-1 JR - Arachnoid Superhero build) [finished]
    #005 (LP jr)
    #006 (TL-1A)

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    'The TGS Special'

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    I cheated a bit with the template as I used the body from a TL-1TB kit as the template to make my template.

    Also created a control cavity on the back.
    That's not cheating ion my book. That's being practical.

    "Work smarter, not harder!"
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    I finally got the chance to work on Mr Scary again.

    I did not want to use the Tele style headstock as Mr Scary needs a headstock "similar" to an Explorer. I have seen pictures where the hockey stick curves up and down - I'm going with down.

    So I have filled the original tuner holes with dowel (not the second hole), cut off the top section of headstock at an angle of 60 degrees to the nut, redrilled the new tuner holes, grafted on the cut-off section of the headstock and a bit near the low E tuner, rough shaped, nicer shaped and sanded.

    The tuner and screw do still fit for the lower E tuner (She is tight though)!
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    PitBull Builds: FVB-4, LP-1SS, FBM-1, AG-2 (Runner up GOTM May 2021), TB-4, SSCM-1, TLA-1, TL-1TB, STA-1HT.

    Scratch Builds: Pine Explorer, Axe Bass, Mr Scary (current), Scratchy Thinline (current).

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