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Old April 15th, 2013, 10:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Starting a 1950 Broadcaster Relic

This is going to be an extension of my original post found here:
http://www.tdpri.com/forum/telecaste...-decision.html

Started out think I would build a 52 Tele Relic. I have built several Strat relics in the past with good results.

This will be my first Tele relic build.

I purchase a Blackguard neck from Musickraft. It will probably be another month before I receive the neck from them.

I purchased a vintage Tele body from Warmoth. It weighs just under 4 pounds.
Very happy with the grain pattern of this body.

I use liquid mask to paint the areas where the lacquer will be removed.

Here are some pics of my progress:
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Old April 15th, 2013, 10:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A few coats of butterscotch and clear lacquer with liquid mask areas removed.
Still need to clean out some of the blue liquid mask.
Now to let it cure for a month or two and into the deep freezer for some checking.
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Old April 15th, 2013, 11:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I like it. I wish I had the time and money now to do one like that. Shell Pink of course...
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needfortweed is my inspiration
http://www.tdpri.com/forum/telecaste...e-request.html
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Old June 28th, 2013, 04:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Brodacaster Finally Completed

Finally finished my Broadcaster build.
List of parts
Warmoth vintage Tele body
Musikraft Blackguard custom made neck
Kluson Deluxe single line tuners
Klein Epic Broadcaster pickups
Fender 52 RI with 0280 serial number stamped under logo
JonesyBlues.com Broadcaster blender circuit
Glendale Broadcaster knobs.
Callaham Tele pickguard and string tree.
All hardware aged either with Radio Shack etching solution or Muriatic Acid.
GHS pure nickel strings.
This is an amazing playing and sounding guitar
I will post some videos of it this weekend.
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Old June 28th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old June 28th, 2013, 04:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old June 28th, 2013, 04:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old June 28th, 2013, 04:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Nice. Not usually much of a relic fan, but every so often I see something that's the exception to the rule--like your guitar. Great work.
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Old June 29th, 2013, 09:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Looks well done. Not over done like a lot of relics.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 09:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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thecableguy, thanks. At first I was afraid I did too much relicing. I have more money in this thing that most of my other real Fenders. But it plays and sounds amazing! Going to try and make some videos of it soon.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 09:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Usually when you build a parts guitar, you have do a lot of work adjusting the neck and sometimes even doing a fret level. I can't say enough about this neck from Musikraft. When I bolted it on and strung it up, it played almost perfectly right away. I didn't make a single adjustment to the truss rod. The only adjustments I made were on the bridge saddles for height and intonation. It plays like butter with no fret buzz anywhere!
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Old June 30th, 2013, 10:57 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Looks great! Glad to hear it plays great, too.

The liquid masking film is an idea I haven't seen before. How did you "age" the wood in the chipped away areas?
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Old June 30th, 2013, 05:39 PM   #14 (permalink)
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On the bare wood areas, I rubbed in some used motor oil, then finished with brown and black shoe polish. Also, after one of my workouts when my hands were sweaty, I rubbed the palms of my hands into the bare wood.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 05:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Looks very very nice BF. Neck wear (rear), care to expand?
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Old June 30th, 2013, 05:47 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I had the idea several years ago when I did a Stevie Ray Vaughan Strat replica. I have seen so many guitars where the finish is chiseled out. That doesn't look like real paint chipping at all to me. When the paint comes off an old guitar, it leaves behind a fairly smooth raw wood surface unless there is a dent or scratch. On the SRV Strat, about 80% of the finish is gone. The only way I could think of to do that was with liquid mask, then finish the body as normal in sunburst. I will post some pics of the Strat to show how that came out. It works great!
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Old June 30th, 2013, 06:03 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Here are some quick pics of the SRV Strat also done using liquid mask
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Old June 30th, 2013, 06:35 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Nice work there. Thanks for sharing .
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