Jay Scott Guitar

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Two Teles, Part 2

I’ve added captions to these photos, as you can see. Clearfork sands the bodies to 150 grit. I’ll work through 220,320,400, and 600 to get it really smoooooth. He also leaves the edges a little square, which makes it possible for me to choose the edge radius I want. I’ll be eyeballing about a 1/8″ radius, which I believe is the ’52 spec.

The neck is an Allparts TRO-W, wwhich I suppose stands for Tele/Rosewood-Wide. In this case “wide” means 1 11/16″ at the nut, instead of 1 5/8″. That doesn’t sound like much, but if you play, it’s easy to feel the difference. These are made in Japan mostly, and by the company that supplies Fender of Japan. Anyhow, they are Fender-licensed, so the peghead shape is correct, and the quality looks great. No nut or tuners: I’ll make the nut with one of StewMac’s vintage bone blanks (I use it on all my guitars, looks great and will never wear out) and get a set of Gotoh vintage Fender-style tuners with the slotted string posts.

Other smaller parts are on order. I’ll build the pine guitar first, and I’m thinking it should be an Esquire-style (no neck pickup). That setup means I can really fine-tune the bridge pickup height, without worrying about overpowering the neck pickup. And simple is always good!

I’m not trying to build an accurate reproduction of any model year, so I’ve got my 1950-ish pine body, a 60’s-style rosewood board neck, and a plain single-ply black pick guard in the mix so far. The other hardware will probably be vintage style, but I may change my mind.