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Old August 12th, 2007, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Simpson Pine Partscaster

Here is my Pine Partscaster project. Guitar Mill Pine body, Allparts TMO-fat neck, a leather pickguard I made and some other stuff. Still deciding between Callaham or Glendale hardware. I have a set of 50's Classic pickups I may use or I might even spring for some Nocasters or Fralins. I am really happy with the quality of the Guitar Mill body.

It is not assembled yet I just laid the parts together for the picture. Planning on a garnet shellac sealer coat and clear nitro finish.








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One more of the body grain...
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Old August 12th, 2007, 03:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here is a few of making the pickguard. I used a Fender guard as a template.



Here is the pattern traced on and the outline cut made.



Edge beveler done


This shot has most of the tooling done, it's not completely dry and there are a few finishing touches to add before I add the dye and finish.... probably an antique coffee brown.

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I love that pickguard.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 04:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Lovely grain in that body! I also love the pickguard. Is working leather a hobby of yours?
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Old August 12th, 2007, 04:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, I wanted a pickguard that was not completely tooled that still had some blank space. I have not done any leather work before. When my dad passed away in 92 he left me a 30 pc set of the tools, the hammer and the marble slab to tool on. I did a couple of test pieces and read a few articles and jumped in... It's kinda fun, I will probably make a matching strap too.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 04:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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it's lookin' killer already, can't wait to see it completed & hear it Twangin' !
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Old August 13th, 2007, 06:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Looks very nice, love that pickguard!
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Old August 13th, 2007, 10:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Mike, outstanding job!!

I have a Guitar Mill pine body in Fender Blonde gassing off in my garage right now and a leather basketweave pickguard from Doug Halliday at LAYLI for it.

Keep us posted on your progress!
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Very nice work.

Thanks for the inspiration. I wanted to make a leather pickguard for a while, and you re-installed the idea in my head...

Good timing because this week I have to go get some stain for a leather bracelet I am making for my wife. I will check for some leather at the same time

I also like that you didn't fill the entire PG with the design. That's the way I like them.

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Wow, that looks amazing! The leather goes really well with the pine grain, methinks...

it would be nice to have a pictorial explaining the tools and techniques a bit of that leather pg making....

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Yesterday, I talked to the guy who made the leather guitar cover for the tribute Elvis artist from the Elvis Story here in Quebec.

He showed me how he did it when I asked him about leather PGs for the Tele...

Very interesting talk. That's where I buy my leather and I showed him what I wanted to do. He is waiting for the kind of leather that I wanted to buy for a leather PG, but I think a separate thread could be needed on this subject...

A leather guitar cover could also be a nice project

For now, some info on leather is there

http://www.leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?act=idx

http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/index.asp

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What a great project. The grain on that body is very nice and I love, Love, LOVE the pickguard.
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WOW! That's really special, terrific looking project.
Can't wait for more!

Good luck with your projects!
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Wow...the Pickguard looks amazing. Good job!!!
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Mike,

WOW that guitar has some amazing grain bro!!
And like everyone else says, I LOVE that guard. Outstanding.

Arte can't wait to see your new Piner too bro.
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I want that guitar!!!!!!
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Thanks to all for the kind comments on the pickguard. I am very happy with the Guitar Mill body grain. I told them that it would be finished in an amber clear and I didn't mind waiting for a clear piece, they did a beautiful job book matching the grain on this 2 piece body. I will post some more pics as I get the finish and the hardware on. I'm planning on a garnet shellac sealer coat and clear nitro finish on the wood and probably an antique coffee brown on the pickguard. I thought about tooling a Bee on the pickguard but I will probably just leave it alone.

Thanks again.
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WOW that guitar has some amazing grain bro!!
And like everyone else says, I LOVE that guard. Outstanding.

Arte can't wait to see your new Piner too bro.
Arlo my bro, make sure you get some video of the gig this week in Limeyland and post it up here on the page!!

Sorry for hijack Big Mike!
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Here's my tooled leather and pine tele.



BTW Big Mike did you buy a Jerry Jones guitar from me a long time ago (maybe a turquoise 3 pickup one??)
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