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Kevin's Esquire inspired electric guitar.

I am a Johnny Cash fan. I loved the sound that his guitarist, Luther Perkins, had produced. After researching Luther Perkins, I found out that he played a Fender Esquire. This guitar precedes the Telecaster. The Esquire had one pickup in the bridge. The Telecaster has two pickups. Regardless to say the Esquire is very expensive. I found that I could not get one for less than $4000. I decided to build one similarly using many of the same parts that are still produced. The body of the guitar was the biggest issue. I decided to make the body myself.


I had found a plank of cherry about eight feet long for $15 on craigslist. I cut about 5 inches out of the middle. I then cut sections 21 inches long and planed the edges for gluing. I then glued and clamped the boards together. Once it dried thoroughly i used my router to get rid of much of the wood and then planed it to the desired thickness.
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Now it is time to make it look like a telecaster. I had ordered some templates for this process. The templates are actual size and has the parts to router out or drill. This made the neck pocket, pickup cavity, and control cavity in the exact locations and dimensions that they need to be.
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I ordered the hardware and neck from numerous place online and locally. Once I had the parts to solder in and fasten securely, I was then able to assemble the whole guitar. I then put some new strings on it and set the string height for testing purposes. plugged it into the amplifier and it works.
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Off to the guitar shop!

I took the new build to a local guitar shop and had it fine tuned. It took about 4 hours for this. However, the guitar sounds great and plays easily. I think it is time to get the amplifier that I want in order to get that specific sound. Home