Tele build on the way

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

  1. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    Arkansas
    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

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    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

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    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
    Arkansas
    Not sure when the kit will be here, but pics will be plentiful
     
  5. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer John Silver Supporting Member

    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 ! !
     
  7. MrYeats

    MrYeats Dr. Squier Platinum Supporting Member

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    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.
     
  8. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

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

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    Arkansas
    kit just came in this morning. i'll do some pics and thoughts on it when i get home from work this evening
     
  10. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    Arkansas
    Ok. No pics yet, but, initial thoughts are......
    Extremely light. I knew it would be, but this kinda surprised me. Maple neck, and the usual cheap electronics. ALL of the wood is completely unfinished. Completely raw wood, including fingerboard. Was not expecting that. Front of the body looks as though it may stain well, the back and side will need to be a solid color. Or really dark stain. It was cut very well and looks like it should be a fairly easy build.

    Question is, lacquer or poly on the fretboard? I’m thinking lacquer simply because that’s the finish I will be using for the body.
     
  11. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    Arkansas
    I imagine I’ll be getting new pups for this as well. The winding on the bridge pup is the most “thin” I’ve ever seen on a pickup. Probably only about 1/4 of the bobbin width. Really thin.
     
  12. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-holic

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    Nice :) Have you decided on stain, or paint yet?
     
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  13. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    Arkansas
    I think the grain is good enough on the front to stain. Not so sure on the back
     
  14. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    Arkansas
    Anyone have any experience with Fleor pickups.
     
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  15. silverring233

    silverring233 Squier-holic

    Feb 2, 2011
    Arkansas
    Alright. I think all the parts with this kit are usable, but pretty much junk. Thanks to a couple of forum members, I’ve already gotten a better bridge plate, and switch. Control plate for pots and switch is fine. I’m going to need tuners, & pickups, and more than likely pots.
     
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  16. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
    s.w.mo.
    I looked at that kinda cool. But ya . too much. Lol
     
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  17. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-Axpert

    it's got a carbuncle on the lower back