009 - Custom black guard Telecaster - 2018 - WIP thread

Hi and welcome to the work in progress thread for guitar number 009. Open the dated collapsible frames to see previous posts.


26/05/2018 - Body and neck routing

Here is the wood for 009, black limba body, indian rosewood neck. there will be an ebony pickguard with a custom shape and a rosewood fingerboard, so all rosewood neck and all natural finish, mmh!

hum, first, let's say bye bye to the props workspace and hello to the guitar workspace, it's been a while!


a bit of cleanup on the template, really not happy with what I received! lots of bumps... had to do the same on the head

trying for the first time to cut the body with the electric saw, it worked but I'm not sure she liked it... looking forward to have an actual bandsaw! this is also too hard on the router, too much wood left to rout but I didn't dare come closer to the line with that crude tool...

and this is why I need to have a clean workspace for guitars, wood dust and wood chips, everywhere!

oh, hello gorgeous! oh sexy new 30mm router bit thank you! perfect result, no burns, no tear offs, and 2/3 of the height done at once, amazing!

yep, I said it before, wood chips...

here is a quick mock up of what it will kind of look like, the rosewood neck is a good choice! (light spot on the lower back is just an area not sanded, the color will be nice and uniform when finished)

and the mandatory afterwork sexy shots on the table of course

I love wood defects, sapwood, knots, I always prefer to show them and play with them in the composition instead of always trying to hide them. I really loved that small knot in the middle of the sapwood. I just hope I'm not the only one that like it...

and the mandatory cat sneaking in the photos... Yes Patouche, you are beautiful too, yes...

the rosewood blank was 30mm deep (yep and I cut it in one pass with the amazing new bit! yay!) so I'll do a super deep headstock, it should look nice and dynamic and help for the string tension. don't want to put string trees on my guitars, really like to keep it simple and tidy...

colors are a nice match, no regrets!

really liking it so far!


27/05/2018 - Body cavities

Hey, second step for that body, routing all the body cavities, first the pickups

neck pocket

wire channel

and then some soundholes to lighten a bit the body and make it more resonant!

still liking it!

03/06/2018 - Starting head sculpting

A little bit of progress on the head, routing, then carving by hand the head slope

and a first rout for the shape of the back of the head

still very work in progress

10/06/2018 - Tummy cut and back cavity

back on the body, (actually, I decided I was going to start over the neck, it was bugging me)

seems like nothing, but before doing those two holes, I had to figure out the best placement for hours with the buttons, switch and back cavity... anyways, those are nice holes right?

routing the back cavity

still not finished, I need to buy a longer round bit, mine doesn't reach more than 30mm, I need 37...

now the tummy cut. I like to do it with cutting tools only, I finish with a rasp, but I think some people do it completely with a rasp

or maybe is it that I love to show off that amazing chisel, who knows...


yay! out of focus pic!

25/06/2018 - Wood Pickguard

Hey there, so here it is, the litle twist on that classic telecaster is that I'm inlaying a rectangle of ebony between both pickups to act as a modern different looking pickguard

first, routing the channel for that ebony plate

cutting the ebony plate itself

ready for gluing

routing the plate flush to the body (sorry for the blury picture!)

and the result with a lot of close ups!

08/07/2018 - body detailling

doing the custom aluminium neck plate

not many photos, but the plate was cut then inserted into the body, then the body was cut to the plate shape

keeping the protection for now, for... protection and for the surprise ;-)

The very DREADED step, the ferrules holes... done!

another small thing that's also a bit scary, routing a straight line with the dremel for the pickup selector, no mistake allowed!

and all the bridge holes

not a super interesting update but still moving forward!

29/07/2018 - new neck

hey, as I said before, I started over the neck as I wasn't completely satisfied with the previous one

I'm trying a channel bound fingerboard on that neck, I did a routing template for the channel

and the truss rod inserted

in the meantime, also worked on the curved bottom of the electronics cavity, nice!

this is it, I'm going on hollidays for a month, so there will be no update until September