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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    ^ ditto skip e...nice!...any further info about that hillbilly french polish would be appreciated!
    cheers
    Yeah Skip, that looks great!
    What's the mahogany back look like?

    As for that spec'd out french polish, does that mean the flake shellac gets disolved in moonshine instead of denatured alchohol ?
    John

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    Good idea! I use regular canned shellac and thin it with denatured alcohol and rub it on then polish with 3000 and 5000 grit pads. Gives a pretty nice hand rubbed finish. I'm not set up to spray so this works for me. I'll post a pic of the back later.

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    high proof grain alcohol is good way way to go..everclear works well...and no toxic additives like hardware store alcohols

    trouble with most canned shellacs is they have wax

    zinser sealer shellac is dewaxed...that's the can to use



    also french polish enthusiasts..french use walnut oil..not olive..

    for padding, walnut oil is a polymerizing oil as well (dries hard)

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by john_a
    Yeah Skip, that looks great!
    What's the mahogany back look like?

    As for that spec'd out french polish, does that mean the flake shellac gets disolved in moonshine instead of denatured alchohol ?
    John
    Here's the back - believe it or not, it's 3 pieces.

    That's the shellac I use. A lot of guys I've talked to don't even bother with oil anymore but I plan to try olive oil on my next build just to see if it makes things any easier.

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    This one was the 245/300 of the first production of the Fender custom shop,the 40th Anniversary Telecaster;
    The 300 badge of those guitars started in 1988 and ended sometime in the 1990.They do have an ivoroid pickguard..the raw sheet material was difficult to find by the custom Team. The pickups of this one was made by Fred Stuart.
    He has a motto : " I'd rather be accused of copying quality than creating mediocrity."


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    Quote Originally Posted by jameslovestal
    What do you mean by 'confident about the venue'? E.g. does it relate to the acoustics of the place (i.e. you wanted to avoid archtop feedback?) or the type of people that go to this place (i.e. archtop would be perceived as if you're playing 'old folk' music????).
    No. Some venues have cramped stages where you will bump your guitar. This one was like that. You can demolish walls with a Stratocaster.

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    No jazz content here, but great fun and almost educational.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by silvertonebetty


    That's coming along nicely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Joe
    That's coming along nicely!
    Thanks the neck will be like this but with walnut instead of maple


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    Quote Originally Posted by silvertonebetty
    Thanks the neck will be like this but with walnut instead of maple
    Nice. I'm not really a fan of Bigsbys for playing (or any twang bar for that matter), but they sure look cool, and I love the dark wood / gold hardware color combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Joe
    Nice. I'm not really a fan of Bigsbys for playing (or any twang bar for that matter), but they sure look cool, and I love the dark wood / gold hardware color combo.
    Thanks . The best part is if I decide I don’t like the bigsby I can use the string thru option I have with the bridge


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    Better pictures . I will order the pickups next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvertonebetty
    Better pictures . I will order the pickups next week.

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    That is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the finished product.

    In related news, I decided to pretty up one of my teles. It was originally a Fender 50s classic, but I replaced the neck and I ended up replacing the body too. The only remaining "Fender" part is the bridge plate.

    Here is is next to my TK Smith tele. As the picture suggests, there's always room for another tele.


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    As a PSA, I noticed this on Reverb. For any Western Swing fans, this looks like a hell of a guitar. No affiliation.

    Fender TK Smith Equipped Telecaster Blonde | Wavin' Wheat | Reverb


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    This thread keeps goin' and goin' !

    Logan with Warmoth neck:

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    i recently got a 52 reissue, for a good price
    i put a 6 saddle bridge on, and i got some noiseless pickups from melancon (boutique builder)
    i have matt at 30th street guitars fix it up a bit, he put a push pull pot on the tone control, i have no idea exactly what it does, but it makes that tele a jazz machine, sounds like an old archtop with a p90 through my deluxe reverb... really wonderful, i love that guitar
    i never had a maple neck before, so snappy, but getting used to the neck has taken a little time, smaller radius, closer string spacing

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    The grain patterns worked out really well on the one with the gold Bigsby. That can be a make or break with these kinds for me, but is really nicely done IMHO. Bravo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lammie200
    The grain patterns worked out really well on the one with the gold Bigsby. That can be a make or break with these kinds for me, but is really nicely done IMHO. Bravo!
    Thank you I got lucky with that piece of wood


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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy
    This thread keeps goin' and goin' !

    Logan with Warmoth neck:

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    Are you the original owner? Did he use the Warmoth neck in the original build? Or did you replace the neck? Or something else? Thanks.

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    Hi,
    No, I just scored it from the original owner. I believe he had Rob put it on; he showed me the spec sheet from warmoth; feels nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy
    Hi,
    No, I just scored it from the original owner. I believe he had Rob put it on; he showed me the spec sheet from warmoth; feels nice!
    Thanks. Yours looks great! I also have a Logan tele, bought third hand I believe, at an excellent price. Carbonita, with Duncan p90s.

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    I saw Ted Greene play live once. It was at an art gallery in North Hollywood. He played for hours without break. It was an amazing experience to see him and meet him because I used Chord Chemistry in school. He was really nice. I learned later that it would be one of the last times he would ever play live before he died.

    He played a Telecaster.

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    Chord Chemistry was one of the first books I ever bought. Still way over my head, but I have gotten a lot out of it over the years.

    Ted Greene was great, btw. I have to say that it is hard not to be put off by videos of him playing in his messy bedroom, but if that is the way it is done, I shouldn't criticize.

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    Guys, sorry if that's not the right treath but just Im curious. What do you think about the Fender MIM Player Telecasters? Good valiue for the money?
    Thanks!

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    the new mim player series is the new replacement for the long running mim standard series (which has been dropped)..with a few tweaks and differences

    take a look at the g&l tribute line...some nice tele type guitars in that range...great bang for the buck..& nice qc


    cheers

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    Picked this up few months ago.. 84 fender japan all rosewood (not laminated like the recent ones).
    Heavy but plays and sounds amazing. Probably not staying forever as I prefer my es-175 but I couldn't
    let this one pass.

    fender japan all rosewood by wout b, on Flickr

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    The neck radius on your '84 made my heart skip a beat.

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    whats wrong? Might be the photograph, radius is the same as my other tele's..

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    Nothing is wrong. It looks like a vintage 7.5" radius neck. The MIJ necks were like that. In the 80s /90s the US Fenders went to a flatter, 9.5" radius. I prefer the older formula.

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    Ah sorry, english isnt my native language.
    I thought skipping a heart beat referenced to being scared of something.
    Yeah i prefer vintage radius too.

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    I prefer 7.5 radius too. Even more important nut width 1 5/8, not wider! In current Fender lineup I don't see any guitars with necks like that, wtf? Everything 1 11/16 and 9.5 or 12 radius, I don't get it.

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    Fender, like the other manufacturers, of all types of merchandise, makes what sells in volume. There are companies that offer niche products, but they're small, and will never be big.

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    The tappers and Bach-n-Rollers like the very flat, wide fretboards. It's all good, but I'm glad that there is also a market for traditional Fender specs, too. All of the after-market neck companies will supply you with a 7.5" radius, 1-5/8" nut neck upon request. You can even get skinny frets.

    My "skips a beat" phrase was a reference to the old Buck Owens/Buckaroos song, too, by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive
    I prefer 7.5 radius too. Even more important nut width 1 5/8, not wider! In current Fender lineup I don't see any guitars with necks like that, wtf? Everything 1 11/16 and 9.5 or 12 radius, I don't get it.

    I believe Fender MiM Classic models still have 7.5 radiused fretboards, 50`s Baja model Tele has big V-neck with 7.5 fretboard. I own 7 Classic Fenders, all have 7.5 necks.

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    Yes. I believe Fender has been pretty good about having the MIM roll out with the classic specs on the necks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savofenno
    I believe Fender MiM Classic models still have 7.5 radiused fretboards, 50`s Baja model Tele has big V-neck with 7.5 fretboard. I own 7 Classic Fenders, all have 7.5 necks.
    Not to sound like a snob, but I prefer MiA. What I see currently Tele Special, Professional, Elite series, non of them have it.

    My fav neck ever is AVRI 64' tele. I might need another one like that for my partcaster, so I'm looking on Reverb, especially Stratosphere store where you can buy necks and bodies separate, and all they list those new Fender necks with nothing like what I'm looking for. I'm all for variety, but doesn't seem like Fender cares about their own tradition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltf
    Picked this up few months ago.. 84 fender japan all rosewood (not laminated like the recent ones).
    Heavy but plays and sounds amazing.
    thats the george harrison tele!!..he used it on the rooftop concert



    later gave it to delaney bramlett

    super cool tele but heavy!!!

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive
    I guess you're missing that it's not everyone's fav specs. It would be the least comfortable for me to play this kind of neck.
    Ah, well. I ordered my G&L with a 12" radius, but you can order them with 7.5" radius (G&L's take on 7.25) and a 1 5/8" nut. And I quite like those jumbo MFD pups for jazz.

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    The G&L 12" radius 1.75" nut is THE modern recipe. It's what the modern player prefers. Check out Umphreys McGee at their next concert. (Those guys can really play, by the way.)

    I was just having a nostalgic moment above for the Fenders from the 50s-70s that had the narrower nut and very curved neck radius. I grew up on them (two Stratocasters an Esquire and a Telecaster--a '65, a '68, a '57, and a '69, respectively). Those guitars sounded great and were wonderful for country, Western swing, blues, rock, and even jazz.

    Compared to those guitars, all other guitars have necks that look like classical guitars--especially my '65 Stratocaster, which feature a B-neck. It was 7.5" radius with a 1-5/8" nut. (The A-neck actually had a 1-1/2" nut!) My Esquire and Telecaster were also B-necks. The '68 Stratocaster--which I kept for 45 years--featured a C-neck (1-3/4" nut).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    A And I quite like those jumbo MFD pups for jazz.
    yes mfd great pups...by leo fender!!...in the jazzmaster pickup ballpark..big single coil tone

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone
    The G&L 12" radius 1.75" nut is THE modern recipe. It's what the modern player prefers. Check out Umphreys McGee at their next concert. (Those guys can really play, by the way.)

    I was just having a nostalgic moment above for the Fenders from the 50s-70s that had the narrower nut and very curved neck radius. I grew up on them (two Stratocasters an Esquire and a Telecaster--a '65, a '68, a '57, and a '69, respectively). Those guitars sounded great and were wonderful for country, Western swing, blues, rock, and even jazz.

    Compared to those guitars, all other guitars have necks that look like classical guitars--especially my '65 Stratocaster, which feature a B-neck. It was 7.5" radius with a 1-5/8" nut. (The A-neck actually had a 1-1/2" nut!) My Esquire and Telecaster were also B-necks. The '68 Stratocaster--which I kept for 45 years--featured a C-neck (1-3/4" nut).
    For myself, it's not even a nostalgic moment- I never owned anything that vintage from Fender! 5 years ago I didn't even know anything about this stuff with radius and nut width. All I knew some Fenders were very comfortable to play, and almost no Gibson I ever played was.

    As I gravitated more and more into rhythm playing, I noticed some guitars made my left hand cramping. I still didn't make a connection, but once I got my first hollowbody Guild x-175 RI, it was such a breakthrough in playability! I wondered why no Gibsons ever felt that good, and thats where I found out narrower necks and smaller radius is the perfect match for me.

    I also found out that majority prefers the opposite, ha. I keep talking about it on forums and whatnot so whoever wants to know might notice there are people who do prefer different specs. Looks like I'm very much in minority though

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    Here she is


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    Very sweet! How does she play?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Joe
    Very sweet! How does she play?
    Alright.sent it to the shop for a set up and fret shop


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    +1 Love my teles! I have a 60 and 63 Fender CS Reissues. They are light and resonant - both with rosewood boards (Lake Placid Blue/Tortoise/Rosewood and 3 Color Sunburst/White/Rosewood + Double bound). Nothing like them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltf
    Picked this up few months ago.. 84 fender japan all rosewood (not laminated like the recent ones).
    Heavy but plays and sounds amazing. Probably not staying forever as I prefer my es-175 but I couldn't
    let this one pass.

    fender japan all rosewood by wout b, on Flickr
    May I ask what you paid for this?

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    I just received last month this Hahn 'Model C' (designed in collaboration with Jim Campilongo). A limited-run, no-frills guitar with a basic, thin finish, Fralin pickups, pine body and compensated radius fretboard. Can be strung through the body or as a top-loader. It's just a great T-style guitar.

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    This thread helped me make the jump to jazzish guitar. Still working toward actual jazz. Found a good used deluxe, hated the N3 so gutted it and replaced all electronics vintage style with fender 52s. Sounds great. Compound fretboard is nicer than I expected 10-14. I can get the sound I want from round 9s and my 5 watt Ampeg.
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