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Thread: First Time TL-1L build (Natural Finish)

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    I think that colour looks pretty cool man but I'm into the burnished look.

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    Pictures of the second coat.
    the body has 2 funny bits of grain on the bottom right and top left. I'm not to worried about either, with the top to be covered up by the pick guard. And the bottom I think will look good
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    It looks like it's been relic'd... I think it looks cool!
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    Very Antique looking already and looks pretty good.

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    Thanks guys. Really positive it will work out well. Ill either leave it at 2 coats, or add a coat of clear Poly, or 3 coats and leave it at that.
    the next step is the wiring. Lucky for me I work in a music store and my co workers are well versed in pickup wiring, Ill ask then for help when the finish is done.
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    Done

    Finished my first build last night. I was very very very happy with how it turned out. 3 coats of stain and varnish, a light sand down, soldering done up and then the final assembly. The action was east to set up, and the intonation isn't out by much. will work on that later.
    One trivial thing, Correct me if I'm wrong here guys, but when my pickup selector is facing towards the neck, it activates the bridge pickup, and vice versa. I was thinking it could be a right handed/left handed thing. doesn't matter either way.
    Thanks everyone for your advice and support.
    Already planning my next build. looking at a JM-1L In trans purple.
    peace
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    looks good Zeus, that was a very quick build, so no clear coats ?
    How does the narrow headstock stand up to the string tension ?
    All you have to do is reverse the switch lugs for bridge and neck pups. It shouldn't make any difference being a lefty.

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    Thanks Wokka. after 3 coats it looks and feels fine enough I think.
    Ill leave the pick up selectors where they are, doesn't really matter now i think about it.
    I'm going to throw in a white pearloid pick guard soon, have already equipped some strap locks.
    always room for improvement.
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    no worries Zeus, you might have enough loose wire to remove the control plate and unscrew and reverse the switch will avoid re-soldering, but don't over stretch any wires or they may come loose from the solder join.
    See if you can get a better photo for your avatar - in daylight !
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    JBA-4 - assembled - final tweaks
    Telemonster double scale tele - finish tobacco burst on body and sand neck

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    scratch oak.rose gum Jazzmaster - assembled needs setup
    MK-2 Mosrite - assembled - play in
    Ash tele with Baritone neck - neck pup wiring tweaks and play in

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    I like the headstock shape, kinda reminds me of the Parker Fly.

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