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So I’ve been playing guitar for a long, long time, but I’ve never owned a left=handed electric guitar.  All of my electrics have been right-handed ones that I’ve flipped over.  This is generally OK, but there are things that are annoying (the controls are up top, the cable comes out of the top, the pickups tilt in the wrong direction, the tuners are wrong).

I picked up a little left-handed telecaster DIY kit on Ebay.  I’ve always had stratocaster copies—never had a telecaster—so I thought this would be an interesting experiment.

The kit arrived in the middle of last week, and once I got free from my obligations, I sanded it with 100 grit sandpaper, then 220 grit, and finally steel wool.  This is what it looked like once I was done sanding:
Telecaster Body Sanded

I wasn’t sure how it would take stain, so I drove down to SLC with a woodworker friend to MacBeath’s lumber, where I picked up a couple of feet of the basswood that this guitar body is made from.  I sanded those down and tested stains last night, finally settling on a red chestnut finish.

Today, I set about staining.

Here it is with the wood conditioner applied:
Telecaster Body with Stain Conditioner

And then the first coat of stain:

Telecaster Body: First Coat of Stain

And the second coat:

Telecaster Body: Second Coat of Stain

And the fourth coat:
Telecaster Body: Fourth Coat

And the sixth coat:
Telecaster body: Sixth Coat

And then dry fit together to check the placement of a couple of parts:
Dry Fitting

Once the stain is dry, I’ll smooth it out with some steel wool, and then I’ll hit it with a light coat of a satin varnish, which should darken it up and bring out the grain even more than the stain does.

Then the hard part: installing the bridge and the neck and doing the wiring.


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March 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

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Storm Moving In

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Storm Moving In, a photo by midwinter_ on Flickr.

We had freezing rain move in this morning while I was on my run. This is what it looked like from up above it.

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January 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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January 13, 2013 at 12:19 am

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Male to female reassignment documented.  This is amazing.


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January 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

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American Horror Story

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In last week’s episode of the bizarre FX show, American Horror Story, there was:

  • A demon-possessed nun who raped a priest.
  • A bunch of mutant medical experiments who get executed
  • An ex-Nazi cremating himself
  • An alcoholic ex-nun receiving an electroshock treatment
  • An alien (Jesus) baby

And this:

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January 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

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  • I ran ~942 miles this year, or ~90 miles a week month.
  • I mountain biked ~100 miles. All of it while recovering from some injury or other.
  • I read at least the following non-work-related books:
    • Steven Johnson, Future Perfect
    • MT Anderson, Feed
    • Colm Toibin, The Testament of Mary
    • Amir, Zahra’s Paradise
    • Alison Moore, The Lighthouse
    • Brian K Vaughan, Ex Machina volumes 1-3
    • —, Y: The Last Man volumes 1-4
    • —, Saga volume 1
    • BIll Willingham, Fables volume 16-17
    • Michael Lewis, The Big Short
    • China Mieville, Railsea
    • Graham Swift, Out of this World
    • Steven Johnson, Everything Bad is Good for You
    • Graham Swift, The Light of Day
    • Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus
    • Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
    • Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
    • Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go
    • Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
    • Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead volume 13
    • Jessica Fink, Chester 5000 XYV
    • Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs
    • Alan Martin, Tank Girl volume 1
    • William Powers, Hamlet’s Blackberry
    • Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody
    • Nicholas Carr, The Shallows
    • Joss Whedon, The Astonishing X-Men volumes 1-4
    • Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
    • —, Catching Fire
    • —, The Hunger Games
    • Graham Swift, Tomorrow
    • Lars Kepler, The Hypnotist

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January 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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Well, Shit

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As we were making our way around Denver on 270, we learned that I-70 was closed all the way to Kansas.  We holed up in a La Quinta with the dog and will see what tomorrow brings us.  I had really wanted to make it about an hour or two east of Denver on this leg, but you gotta do what you gotta do, and there was no sense in risking being stuck in eastern CO with all the hotel rooms full.

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December 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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