Blood Red Telecaster Project: closer to the results.

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Finally I’ve got some time to describe how this “telecaster” guitar project is going so far.
I didn’t expect that everything will go smoothly.
Well and I was right!
Red Telecaster Clone Guitar
It is always a challenge when you are trying to put together some random parts from different projects. Which were just collecting the dust in your cabinets.
But from the other hand it’s a great learning experience. You have to find the solutions here and there what helps to boost your creativity.
And after all, I have said to myself: “OK. Let it be another Telecaster project. No matter if it ends up as a lovely instrument or just a nice wall decoration”.
You may track the progress of this project on the dedicated page:
“Blood Red” Telecaster Clone

The main challenges were the pickup cavities depth and the positioning the neck against the guitar body.
But please feel free to read the details on the page if you find it interesting.

Cigar Box Guitar Neck: which sort of the wood?


Hi_there.. I’m starting another project. This time it will be CBG – Cigar Box guitar.
Why CBG?

Cigar Box fro Honduras

Cigar Box

Honestly I’ve found myself got tired of making the endless clones of the famous brands, mostly Fender Stratocaster or Fender Telecaster.
there are 2 lessons I’ve got from this experience:
1. Once you build another clone it has not enough personality.
It still will be Strat or Tele. No matter what color or parts you choose.
2. You will NEVER build really COOL guitar clone if you are a hobbyist like me.
You have to have very expensive equipment and tools (and LOTS of your time!) to make a really valuable instrument.
It is possible if you choose the making of the guitars as your business.
But this is certainly NOT my path.

And the last statement before I switch to the subject.
The CBG is your creature “from head to toe”.
The sky is the limit to your creativity!
Just google the “cigar box guitar” to get an idea of the variety in this world.

So I’ve bought very nice Honduras made cigar box strong enough to be a future CBG. Only $5. 🙂

And now about the cigar box guitar neck.
As we all know the maple is always the best choice for the guitar neck. But before making this choice ask yourself: do you have REALLY good tools to work with the maple?
Don’t do the same mistake as I once did. The maple is a hell to work with! Of course, if you dont have the right tools.
Well, when I had failed with the maple I decided to go with pine.
It’s really “easy to work on”.

That’s what I’ve got from it.
Don’t repeat my SECOND mistake. The pine is TOO SOFT.

Poplar CBG neck.

CBG Neck from poplar

So, after some research and consideration I’ve found that
the most suitable wood in my case is a POPLAR.
It is strong enough not to bend under the strings tension.
And at the same time it’s quite easy to work with.