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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A Trio of Tasty Teles.

I've been busy. I ended up with a free tele body from Musikraft, that they sent by mistake & fancied trying a 2 tone 'burst, however I decided that the grain wasn't suitable, so I ordered an alder body here in the UK, but the join (2 piece) was too visible for a sunburst. I complained & they did me another & let me keep the first one, so I had 3 tele bodies, what's a man to do? build 3 teles, that's what. Here's the ash Musikraft body;

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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As is my wont, I'm going to relic them. Now I know relicing isn't for everyone so you will just have to bear with me. I'm always trawling ebay for bargains & I picked up a WD maple neck, however, when it arrived it was that awful luminous orange colour. So, out with the stripper & I'll refinish it myself.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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OK, stripped down.
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A rub down with mellow pine wood stain & it's looking better already.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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A spray over with clear gloss nitro & here's what we have;
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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A '59 esquire custom passed through my hands & I loved the double bound look & fancied having a go. Here it is;It's actually a 3 colour 'burst but the red has faded to almost nothing & I prefer that look.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I know reproducing a convincing 2 tone 'burst isn't easy so I checked out Clive Brown, the best guy here in the UK. Now I'm sure Clive would do a terrific job & I'm not a cheapskate (Clive isn't cheap) but a 4 month waiting list, yikes Hmmm, could I do it myself? I did a bit of research, which scared me even more, then I thought bugger it, in for a penny as they say, so a phone call to Steve at Manchester Guitar Tech for some advice, then I ordered some tobacco brown & some water based amber stain. After thinking long & hard about the other 2 bodies I added some surf green & some gold.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Let's get to grips with this binding. I ordered a router bit & some white plastic binding from Stewmac & got stuck in. Here's the router table mounted;
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Check for size;
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And steam in;
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #12 (permalink)
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This is what we're left with;
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:46 PM   #13 (permalink)
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The body I ordered from Guitarbuild, I asked for it without the radius rout as I'd be routing it myself, "yes, no problem, that will be only 15 more" er, don't you mean 15 less, as it's less work? I asked. Actually, no, as they have to re-programme the CNC router. Arrggghhh.
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I talked over installing the binding with Bill Puplett, tech to the stars & a good friend. Bill gave me some useful advice, not least scraping the inner corner of the binding so the glue has somewhere to go. I started with the toughest bit around the cutaway. I used a heat gun to soften the plastic binding;
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I used superglue gel.
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Same deal on the front. A little tip, do the back first to get the hang of it before you do the more visible front.
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The neck pocket is tricky, I used a sharp modelling knife to trim it.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:52 PM   #18 (permalink)
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This hacks me off, I was squeezing like a mad thing to get the glue out of this thing. So when I'd finished, I took it apart to see what's going on inside. It's just a bloody tube inside all this plastic crap. Just sell us the tube. Do you think we're too stupid to use a god-damned tube.
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OK, that times three & time for grain filling. I used rustins neutral tint, thinned down with white spirit to a creamy consistency & applied it with an old credit card (bloody Santander, I'm glad I'm not with them anymore)
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Scrape the excess off while it's still tacky & leave overnight to dry.
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