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Old March 16th, 2013, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Refurbed an old cheapie.

A Rouge Tele I got 15 yrs ago, was my first dip in the Teleish waters. I think I paid $90 for it used w a gig bag. I always liked the neck, tho its certainly nothing special. It's a toploader, was creme with a b/w/b guard, and pretty generic and somewhat microphonic cheap tele pickups. Over the yrs I put on some better tuners and reshaped the headstock a bit.
Last week I painted it pink Krylon, and put on a new bridge and GFS lipstick tube pickups. A different sound for sure. Extremely twangy with a nice bark-like growl with the Bassman cranked to light breakup. I have no idea what I'll use it for, but it sounds pretty darn good clean up to mild breakup thru the Bassman, esp with open cowboy chords a jangling. I may raise the action and try some slide on it. Definately think some Surf will sound good with some reverb, plan to pick up an FRV 1 for the Bassman anyway.


I accidently sanded thru the thin Krylon at the belly cut, but decided to leave it for historical purposes :).

Heres a closer look at the bridge and pickups. The Wilkerson plate lined up perfectly with the old outside holes, but wasnt quite long enough, hence the small gap.

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Old March 16th, 2013, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old March 16th, 2013, 11:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Man, I was thinking pink would not be good, but this doesn't look bad at all.

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Heres a closer look at the bridge and pickups. The Wilkerson plate lined up perfectly with the old outside holes, but wasnt quite long enough, hence the small gap.
Nice job.

I have a pink refinish I'm my future, too. My 14 yr old daughter wants a pink to purple sunburst sparkle....

Btw - are those GFS lipstick pups? I bought on for a build last year that did not line up with a Fender or StewMac bridge plate. Yours look like they fit great. Just wondering.
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Yes they are GFS. Havnt spent a lot of time with em yet, but they seem very similar to those in the old Silvertone I had for a while. But I dunno, that was 30 yrs ago. The Tele bridge style one fit the Wilkinson perfectly. The strat sized neck one was a little big for the route. Had to grind out the route with my dremel. But thats fairly common on Tele bodies I think. The standard tele neck pickup is a good bit smaller than a strat sized pickup.
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Awesome job. Cant wait to see the pink to purple sunburst sparkle.
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That krylon looks really great. Congrats!
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Old March 19th, 2013, 11:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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That krylon looks really great. Congrats!
Thanks. It's a little tricky to work with. You cant just patch up a mistake, its dosn't melt into itself like laquer. If you screw up or sand thru, you gotta do a whole nother coat. I doubt Id try it on something expensive, but for polishing this old turd it was a fun project that turned out ok I think. If you try it, warm up the can and go slow. Mist it on and let the paint set up 5-10 min between applications. You can get some really nice colors of this stuff for cheap, around $5 a can at Wally World. This color was called Ballet Slipper. I chose the satin cause I figured gloss would show my screw ups more, plus I wanted an older, softer look. I dint bother to clear coat it. I just used some McGuires and polishing pad on my hand drill.
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