I'm new to the site... I'm sure this is a newbie question that has been asked a million times, but a search pulled up nothing here. I'm building a telecaster cbg with a one piece maple neck and bridge and neck pups. I have all relic'd 50's fender tele repo parts... and a general layout, but I now need to strap it all to something. I have a piece of poplar that is 3/4 thick. I am going to cut them down to the size I need for my box (11 long x 4 13/16 wide) and laminate two of them together for a total of 1 1/2 and maybe 3 of them for 2 1/4. What are the guidelines for thickness vs string tension? They will also be screwed together. I am a guitar player, and a Fender guy, so I'm going for a quality (finger quotes) build. I also have to finish the neck before I can do assembly, but I am just planning right now. Thoughts?
Yeah that's what I meant... how thick should the"body" be for 6 string tension?
Sure is a small box for all that hardware, I`d fill the inside of box up with blocking. At least then you`ll have a solid attachment for the neck and tailpiece.
It looks like it`s a hinged lid, an option is to flip the box over and use the bottom for the top. Then you`ll have easier access then using a control access panel by just opening the lid. Yeah I think your best way to make this build is a solid block inside and use the cigar box as a decoration.
It might be a good idea to get some measurements off a tele body to get you started as far as route depth, etc;
yeah that's kinda what I was looking for
A standard tele body is 1-3/4" thick. I've also done 1-1/2" on a solid guitar body successfully. I think anything thinner than that is starting to get too thin though.
So two laminations to make 1-1/2" thick ought to be fine.