Tele build on the way

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by silverring233, May 4, 2021.

  1. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    So. Last night I ordered a tele kit from GFS. after a discount from PayPal, it’s $86 shipped. paulownia body, maple fret board and the usual cheap hardware and electronics. I also am working on a solid walnut strat, but that one will have to wait.

    I haven’t worked with paulownia before, so I’m not sure of a good finish for it. Should I stain or paint? Really hoping to stain.
  2. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-holic

    Feb 14, 2019
    I'd imagine you'll want to see the wood / grain before you can decide on the finish. Keep us informed ... a good build post is always watched with great intent :)
  3. IronSchef

    IronSchef Dr. Squier Double Platinum Member

    Jun 18, 2012
    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    it’s lightweight, grain can be kind of streaky - usually solid finish. It tends to be pretty soft too but it makes for a nice light body
  4. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    Not sure when the kit will be here, but pics will be plentiful
  5. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer John Silver Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2018
    RC addiction....
    I agree, I would definitely wait to see the grain before you decide on the finish. Sounds like a fun project and looking forward to pics in the process.
  6. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    drill any hole a little bit tighter and line each hole with good wood glue - that wood is like compressed powder !

    Good Luck ! ! Can't wait to watch the build ! !
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  7. MrYeats

    MrYeats Dr. Squier Platinum Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    South Texas Coast
    I would reinforce any screw holes with a bit of glue and a toothpick just for insurance when you mount the bridge. Paulownia is very soft. A hard enamel finish will help protect it too.
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  8. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    Kit should be here Monday.
  9. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    kit just came in this morning. i'll do some pics and thoughts on it when i get home from work this evening