July 4th, 2011, 11:12 AM
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY !!!
I have been wanting to do a Roundup Tele for quite a while, and have a few other things that I want to experiment with, so now is the time to get things moving.
The things I know for sure are:
TV Jones Pups
Large Rear Control Rout
Leather Edge Treatment
Everything else is up for grabs.
The first big questions are:
Chambered or solid ?
Stain and Finish Process ?
I know what I am thinking, but would be interested in other thoughts also. Going to get a selection of stains and do some color samples.
July 6th, 2011, 12:12 AM
Okay, Day 2
Many builds are guided by the personal likes and dislikes of the builder, and this will be no exception. Two important points:
1) To me, a build is an adventure. Just like a great road trip, you know where you are headed, but not exactly how (or when) you will get there, or what side trips you might make along the way. Not having too many preconceptions can greatly reduce frustration and disapointment.
2) I am a function over form guy. I like wood because it is a great material, and it should not be covered over and sealed up. Growing up in the 70s, every Strat I ever saw looked like plastic to me, so I never liked them (this was before "Vinatge" was invented). I like hand rubbed finishes (like wax) and right now, I am leaning towards that type of finish for this guitar.
So, I ordered a can of Reranch Orange today and got a UPS ship notice for it. Should have it tomorrow. As another option, I whipped into Lowes and picked up:
Here is what it looks like brushed onto a piece of pine and then rubbed out:
This is the color of the original:
May need to rub it out some more, and I may try sponging the color to get a "leather" look. Then I will try some different top coats to see how the affect color. Plenty of time to work on this while I get the rest of the parts together and experiment with all the different facets of the project.
July 6th, 2011, 06:20 AM
Hi- really interested in this one - as thats the colour and general concept I had in mind when I ordered my Pine telemaster from you ( I believe its on its way!)
We can't get Minwax here- but I'm looking for something similar
July 6th, 2011, 12:59 PM
How do you reckon that color would work on a lacewood top? RedDirt? Oklahoma maybe?
July 6th, 2011, 04:36 PM
As dark as lacewood is, I would worry that it would get muddy.
It is also more orange than red, but that might balance out.
The only way to tell is to get a scrap and give it a try.
July 6th, 2011, 04:48 PM
That orange looks great, might be just what I have in mind!
July 6th, 2011, 05:03 PM
That's nice stain. I have never seen it before. Personally I'd go with a touch of amber in a single lacquer top coat followed by clear for the remainder. I love the look of oil or wax but it does not last for me. You have to reapply from time to time and I'd rather have something more durable that will gain some character with age.
You have a worthy project. I am looking forward to the updates.
July 6th, 2011, 07:04 PM
UPS Guy brought me my Reranch Orange. Got to love quick service:
Here is one coat on the front body:
The Reranch color has a little more shine to it and is redder than the Minwax.
You may be able to see that the Minwax has lost a little bit of it's orange overnight, and is now a little browner.
Will continue experimenting with more coats and different sealers.
July 7th, 2011, 04:05 PM
There has been some discussion here in the past over weather the Roundup "G" was a rout or a brand. There is no doubt that it is a rout, but at the same time, to me, the original Roundup says "country" in an LA or Nashville kind of way, and my project will probably lean a bit more towards Texas.
So, I fired up the forge and hit a couple of licks on a Tele Body:
I am planning on finishing out this body in the Minwax Orange to see what it looks like.
July 7th, 2011, 05:27 PM
I like it!!!
July 8th, 2011, 04:50 PM
Before starting to rub on some finish, I went ahead and sealed the bottom of the brands with brush on lacquer.
August 12th, 2011, 04:54 AM
I am following this thread, we have a family branding iron I would like to throw on a guitar. I will continue to look for your progress, thanks
August 23rd, 2011, 01:40 AM
I agree. This is looking great
October 14th, 2011, 12:00 PM
The earliest G brands were done with an iron just as you have done. But it left mixed results. So by mid year, Gretsch switched to a routed G instead. Very bad ass for sure.
I have just the neck for this project if you are looking for something special....with Neo Classical Inlays and all!!!
October 14th, 2011, 12:32 PM
Very cool, interested to see it finished
October 14th, 2011, 10:15 PM
Yeah, I'm definitely following this thread as well!