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Building a 1963 Lake Placid Blue Telecaster Overview of the Complete Process
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This section provides an overview of the complete process of building (assembling) the Telecaster.

I have tried to sequence the pictures in the order in which I completed each step. Some steps are not necessarily linear while others most definitely are e.g. - you need a bridge mounted and tuners installed to put on strings.

Building a 1963 Lake Placid Telecaster - Home
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Warmoth Lake Placid Blue Telecaster Body with white binding.

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Warmoth Telecaster neck.

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The body and neck sitting in my home built workstation.

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Widening the tuner holes.

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Hand setting the first tuner bushing.

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Seating the tuner bushing.

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Aligning the tuners for attachment to the headstock.

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Protecting the neck finish.

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The first of the two screws that broke while attaching the tuning heads.

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My repair for the hole made by having to drill out the broken screw.

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A top view of the repair before trimming the wood fillers.

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The tuners finally installed.

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Wiring the pots, switch and pickup jack.

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Prepping the string ferrule holes.

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Prepping the string ferrule holes.

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Seating the string ferrules.

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Shielding the pickup and switch cavities.

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Installing the input jack.

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Close up of the wire ends and the input jack.

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Wire tips tinned.

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The wired input jack.

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The 4-way switch and volume and tone pots attached to the control plate and wired to the pickups.

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Another view of the wiring.

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The input jack in the input jack recess in the body.

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Inserting the input jack into the body.

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Inserting the input jack into the body - part 2.

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Inserting the input jack into the body - part 3.

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The input jack - test fit.

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The input jack outside of the body.

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The cover and cover nut on the input jack.

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Another view of the input jack installed.

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The knobs for the volume and tone pots.

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The reset tone and volume knobs.

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The "two string" test.

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Another view of the "two string" test.

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