The Lake Placid Blue Tele is done. I've been away from the Dungeon for a while - my day job plus 5 days at music camp kept me away. But now I'm back to the dozens of projects waiting in the wings.
You may have noticed (or not) that most stock Telecasters have plastic nuts that are way too tall. This '50s-style neck does for sure. I generally
dislike hate plastic nuts, but I wanted to get this guitar up and playing. So I decided to deepen the string slots and maybe shave some height off the nut and call it done.
You see in the picture above I'm using my newish Stew-Mac nut slot depth gauge. I'm still coming to terms with it - usually I find my measurements are still a bit on the high side. Which is not a bad thing, it just makes for more fine-tuning of the slot depths.
I have no idea what that last paragraph means!
Now I must make a nice new proper bone nut. Which is not such a bad thing.
This is what the proper slot depths of the nut slots should look like. The wound strings are about half exposed above their slots, and the unwound strings are just even with the top of the nut. The strings ride just a few thousandths of an inch (or a millimeter for that matter) above the first fret. This makes a huge difference when playing low on the neck.
Those dark marks around the slot are just pencil marks - I erased them after this picture.
Aren't bone nuts wonderful? I love them.
The Marc Rutters saddles work very well. You just set the intonation on one of the string pairs, and then the other string should be accurate as well.
You can also see the very fine nickel-plated control plate (I'm not a fan of chrome), which features a slanted switch slot. Wonderful parts.
I wasn't sure how the maple neck would work with the color, but I think it looks good.