Sam was a senior at a high school here in Indiana that requires every senior to have a "senior project" that is supposed to
take them the entire senior year to complete. They have to submit their plan for a project for approval before starting it. Sam
decided he wanted to build his own guitar, but had no experience working on guitars nor did he have any wood working experience
either. He was referred to me to help him out and I was more than happy to help.
Here are the specs:
So we met, discussed the specs for wood, hardware, colors, etc. My goal was to have Sam do as many things by hand as possible, even things
like radiusing the fingerboard. I have a jig to do it but doing it by hand is the only way to appreciate what is required.
I also assured his parents that my goals were to get Sam to the end of the project with a great looking, sounding and playing
guitar, knowledge of woodworking and shop safety, and with both eyes, 8 fingers and 2 thumbs all intact and in working order!
So we finalized the specs, ordered up some wood, and went over shop safety before getting into cutting the wood to begin his Tele.
Birdseye Maple with birdseye maple fingerboard
Amber tint gloss lacquer finish
Abalone dot inlays, custom inlay at 12th fret of Sam's initials
Lighweight swamp ash with blue-green dyed maple burl topset
Hardware and Electronics:
Seymour Duncan pickups
Chrome vintage style bridge and tuners
The Build Process
Once we had covered shop safety, we started building Sam's Tele. Here are some various pics of the build process over his Senior year.