Growing up I never really had a decent electric guitar. After
leaving college I went 15 years without playing at all. Several
years back my wife bought me an acoustic for a birthday
present and the playing began again.
I'm not the biggest Bruce Springsteen fan around - but I've
always loved that ragged '50's Esquire he totes around (which
is an earlier version of the Telecaster). Fortunately, my friend
Steve (who, by chance, IS the biggest Springsteen fan around)
had a Tele which he graciously let me use for all of my
templates and measurements >>>>>>>>>>>>
One of the most important parts of making a guitar is ensuring
that the intonation is correct - you've got to space the steel
frets exactly from nut to bridge (or, where the strings connect
on either end). While I had the real Tele I made up this gauge
onto the back of a 24" steel rule to assist in marking out each
fret along the neck. The length and spacings of each fret are
based solely on the Tele design which has a 25 1/2" scale>>>>>
I carefully filed notches on the rule at each fret-line so I could
layout and re-check where each fret would be hammered in.
The body and neck are solid maple (typically Tele's bodies are
ash and the neck is maple) while the strip on the back of the
neck to contain the truss rod is oak. The hardware was all
purchased through "Stew-Mac".
Because I wanted to keep the natural wood finish on the body I
opted for a simple Watco Oil rub with a paste wax coating. I did
not use any dyes. The neck was only sprayed with several
coats of clear guitar lacquer (which I believe is typical of the
I call it "The Log" because it weighs almost twice the original
(mainly due to my miscalculations in design); the body and the
neck are about 1/4" thicker which makes it not only heavy, but
difficult for most to play. Despite this, the additional mass adds
a beautifully round tone to the sound - enough so that I like to
imagine that it's extra heft was my plan all along>>>>>>>>
aka "The Log"
|Fret Gauge for Tele scale. You can see the notches on the bottom that
fit onto each fret to assist in each successive fret's position.