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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:51 pm 
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Koa
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First name: Freeman
Last Name: Keller
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I found enough bits and pieces under the bench and in the wood bin to put together a telecaster clone. Basic specifications are

- mahogany neck and body
- maple top and head veneer
- rosewood binding, fretboard and knobs
- Gotoh shinny stuff
- StewMac Golden Age pickups
- lacquer

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The one interesting thing about it is that its completely chambered

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I'm sure that has some affect on the sound, it certainly does make it light. Total weight on my little postage scale is 5 pounds 13 oz.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:52 am 
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First name: Tom
Last Name: Wolf
City: Morrison
State: Oklahoma
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Country: US
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Looks great, Freeman....I really like the weight on this...I think my tele clone weighs
close to 10 lbs.....good job.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:12 pm 
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Tom Wolf wrote:
Looks great, Freeman....I really like the weight on this...I think my tele clone weighs
close to 10 lbs.....good job.


I'm sold on chambered solid bodies. My LP clone is 9 lb 3 oz, my chambered one is 7 lb 10 and I could have taken a lot more wood out of it. We did some back to back tests between the two Lesters (they have the same pups and electronics) - we agreed that there might be some sound difference but really couldn't describe it and certainly didn't feel that one was better than the other.

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One thing that I notice about this tele-thing is that it has more of an "acoustic" sound - strummed without being plugged in it sounds louder than my solid LP. Obviously there is no attempt at making the top move and there are no f-holes or anything to pump air but it must be doing something. Don't know how it affects the plugged sound, if it does, pretty much sounds like a telecaster to me.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:25 pm 
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Location: Raleigh, NC
First name: Steve
Last Name: Sollod
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Looks good and I bet it sounds good too. Thanks for posting!

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