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  1. #1551
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    Looks great! Is the pick guard part of the body or a separate piece?
    "I'm opposed to picketing, but I don't know to show it." --Mitch Hedberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Joe View Post
    Looks great! Is the pick guard part of the body or a separate piece?
    Separate. The body is Walnut and pickguard is paufero

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvertonebetty View Post
    Separate. The body is Walnut and pickguard is paufero
    Nice! I like the look a lot. The Pau Fero is just enough darker than the walnut so that you can clearly see it's a pickguard, but matches nicely.
    "I'm opposed to picketing, but I don't know to show it." --Mitch Hedberg

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    Just finished this AM and I think I've finally got one the way I want it. Of course the neck is the same old All Parts that I've been using for 30 years and I kept my trusty Bill Lawrence Keystone in the bridge (had it forever, too). The rest is all new: mahogany body chambered both sides with a 4" solid strip down the middle, 1/4" maple top that I resawed and bookmatched from a bigger board I bought off Ebay about 4 years ago, bridge is Wilkinson (my favorite), controls are all good quality (CTS, Grigsby, Switchcraft, cloth wire), and neck pickup is new - a Duncan Alnico II Pro. Finish is tinted shellac - kind of a 'redneck' French polish that I developed. I thought about going without a pickguard because the wood is so pretty but decided that Teles just don't look right without one. I'm very happy with the tone, so far, but may raise the neck PU a little .......AND........it weighs FIVE POUNDS!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Ellis View Post
    Just finished this AM and I think I've finally got one the way I want it. Of course the neck is the same old All Parts that I've been using for 30 years and I kept my trusty Bill Lawrence Keystone in the bridge (had it forever, too). The rest is all new: mahogany body chambered both sides with a 4" solid strip down the middle, 1/4" maple top that I resawed and bookmatched from a bigger board I bought off Ebay about 4 years ago, bridge is Wilkinson (my favorite), controls are all good quality (CTS, Grigsby, Switchcraft, cloth wire), and neck pickup is new - a Duncan Alnico II Pro. Finish is tinted shellac - kind of a 'redneck' French polish that I developed. I thought about going without a pickguard because the wood is so pretty but decided that Teles just don't look right without one. I'm very happy with the tone, so far, but may raise the neck PU a little .......AND........it weighs FIVE POUNDS!!!!
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    Mighty fine looking Tele, Skip! Well done, and play it in good health!
    Best regards, k

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    ^ ditto skip e...nice!...any further info about that hillbilly french polish would be appreciated!


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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic View Post
    ^ 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 View Post
    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 View Post
    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.....

    Have no secrets, hear no lies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newsense View Post
    No jazz content here, but great fun and almost educational.....

    Rob Chapman has freakishly good ears for gear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvertonebetty View Post


    That's coming along nicely!
    "I'm opposed to picketing, but I don't know to show it." --Mitch Hedberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Joe View Post
    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 View Post



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    Absolutely a-droolable ... can't wait for the rest !

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvertonebetty View Post
    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.
    "I'm opposed to picketing, but I don't know to show it." --Mitch Hedberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Joe View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by xuoham View Post
    Absolutely a-droolable ... can't wait for the rest !
    Thanks


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    Better pictures . I will order the pickups next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvertonebetty View Post
    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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    Great guitars. Great woods.

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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 View Post
    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 View Post
    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 View Post
    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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    Recent Telecaster-ish purchase, a 2016 G&L ASAT Special in Himalayan Blue:

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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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    +1

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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 View Post
    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.