March 28th, 2012, 03:55 PM
Anyone have any experience with one of these?
It is a Telecaster by Karera.
I am looking to get a guitar or two to play around with. I want to change out pickups, bridge, etc. Just kind of a project guitar... I didn't know what kind of luck I would have finding parts that would fit this thing...
March 28th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Wonder if this thread would get more attention in the main telecaster discussion forum... I can't seem to find much info online. From the pic, I think I could probably find replacement parts... and if not, I am not above making them fit. :) I have access to power tools...
March 29th, 2012, 02:02 PM
Sure looks nice. Let us know how it sounds B4 modding....
March 29th, 2012, 02:04 PM
Will do. All of this is contingent on my wife's closing on Friday. :) [she is in real estate]
It should close... *fingers crossed*
April 1st, 2012, 11:21 PM
Well, I bought the Karera. It actually sounds pretty good. I had to tighten up the tone and volume knobs, and also the jack, and adjust the pickups and action, but once that was all done, and a new set of strings, I was twanging away.
The body needs quite a bit of filler work... thinking maybe epoxy mixed with some black paint to fill the chips around the edges. It is a tobacco sunburst, and all of the chips are in the black part of it.
I would like to replace the bridge with a three saddle style. I found this one in an older thread:
It is a top loader, but only has three screws, so it looks like I am going to be drilling... unless anyone has any other recommendations. :)
I will also probably replace the pickups at some point. I don't want to go too expensive, but I was thinking something like this:
Anyone see any problems with these ideas? Better suggestions?
All in all I am pretty pleased with the purchase.
April 1st, 2012, 11:42 PM
Matching and filling black can be tough to make it totally seamless. There's black, and then there's black, knowwhatimean? If you don't get it exactly right you'll have little splotches of different black that will be obvious in the light.
Little known fact: on many factory sunbursts, including Fenders the "black" edge is actually very, very dark brown, many color coats applied. This can sometimes make it difficult to match well.
April 2nd, 2012, 01:39 PM
That makes sense. Didn't even think about that. Thanks for the info!