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All kinds of weird: a Bowie inspired guitar build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by jayyj, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. Throttleneck

    Throttleneck Tele-Afflicted

    This may well be the coolest guitar I have ever seen. Can't wait to see how it turns out.
     
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  2. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    Thank you - that's high praise indeed! It's got to be the spirit of Bowie guiding it, I'm very uncool on my own!
     
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  3. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

  4. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    I got the back trimmed easily enough using a violin purfling cutter. It needed a few tweaks with the heat gun but it seems fine now:

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    Next I need to extend the vinyl around the sides so that everything will be level when I do the binding tape:

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    The binding is pretty simple: cut the vinyl into 30mm strips, apply heavy duty double sided tape, and push into place:

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    The photos don't really do the binding tape justice - it's a really cool satin black with sparkles. I'll get some outdoor photos when it's finished. In the meantime, in with the vibrato and a quick glamour shot:

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    Now to wait on some parts being delivered before I can pull everything together. I'm rubbish at waiting for stuff but there's a bench full of other things I'm supposed to be getting on with so it's probably for the best...
     
  5. MM73

    MM73 Tele-Afflicted

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    Very cool. I've been catching up, and did not expect the wrap and binding tape. I like it a lot, even more so with the black hardware.
     
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  6. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

    Awesome build!
     
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  7. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    And we're back!

    The plan was to get the neck finished and sprayed before finishing the body so that I'd have stuff to do whilst the lacquer was hardening. Unfortunately I changed the body colour, and when I test fitted the neck I didn't like the colour combination. Best laid plans and all that. It's now a black gloss with a few pearlescent sparkles.

    Anyway, I got the neck on today. I need to touch up the holes in the back as there's exposed mdf on show, but the back comes off easily with the neck still on so I'm calling that a success.

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    For some reason my tuners don't seem to fit. It took me a minute or so to spot the problem - anyone see it?

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    They've been sat around for ages so it's a bit late to complaining to the seller, so I ground one of them down to fit instead.

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  8. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    Next up I need to get all the electronics on board. So far I have a SD Pearly Gates for the bridge and a Fernandes Sustainer for the neck. I hate the look of sustainers and the SD is a black/cream that doesn't fit with my colour scheme, so they're both getting covers. Unfortunately I can't put the sustainer into a metal cover (something to do with magnetic fields, means very little to me but that was the consensus on a couple of forums where people discussed sustainer mods. So, they're both getting plastic covers.

    I bought some very cheap plastic covers on Ebay - they don't fit but I can mod them.

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    Needs a little cleaning up but it fits.

    The sustainer is going in at an angle:

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    A couple of saw cuts and it's flush to the pickup cover.

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    Just look at that rat's nest of wires in the background... I'm not looking forward to this next bit.
     
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  9. tele_pathic

    tele_pathic Friend of Leo's

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    *subscribed*
     
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  10. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    This is wicked!
     
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  11. Eddie Bray

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    Great thread, loving the work that has gone into this.
     
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  12. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    Love the bold creativity! I had been expecting something dark, mystical, or more Ziggy for the vinyl style, you took me completely by surprise with the croc pattern…
     
  13. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Tele-Holic

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    I hope there will be some sound clips of this guitar in action. Really cool ideas throughout. I am also interested to hear what a fingerstyle-biased Danelectro-loving guitarist sounds like when turned loose with a Jazzmaster trem and a Fernandes Sustainer. This should be a hoot.

    This is a great thread; good detail, clear writing and a sense of humor along with a fascinating project idea!
     
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  14. MM73

    MM73 Tele-Afflicted

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    All kinds of different going on right here. I'm really enjoying this thread.

    I've been captivated from the moment I thought you glued up the body with your mdf templates. I just kept yelling at my computer screen, "No, you use those to route the wood!!!"

    Unfortunately, there are no barriers to entry on this site. So, here I am.
     
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  15. timmyc

    timmyc Tele-Meister

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    Great build! i've been singing Ziggy Stardust since i started reading this thread.
     
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  16. u6crash

    u6crash TDPRI Member

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    Very cool! I love coming into one of these threads right near the end. It's like Netflix binge watching.
     
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  17. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    Thank you! I'll do my best with a demo - I always find it ironic that all the online demos of sustainer pickups consist of people playing a million notes a second, which seems to somewhat overlook the point... I'm planning to use it for weird soundscapey type music so endless sustain sounds like a good tool to have in the box.
     
  18. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    To be honest, I took myself a bit by surprise with it - I had a different metallic effect finish in mind but it didn't really turn out as I wanted it and that croc material was something I had available that I thought might work. I love how it looks against the Blackstar icon and I'm sure Bowie would have approved... I can always do a glittery Ziggy themed guitar when this one is finished!
     
  19. Marn99

    Marn99 Tele-Meister

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    Awesome, David Bowie is my favorite musician! I reckon this is a Supro dual tone inspired guitar like the 1961 white Dual Tone that he played on the Reality tour?
     
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  20. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Holic

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    I understand the sentiment - the first time I took a vintage Dano apart I found myself thinking 'What is this junk! How did they get away with it? ', then the more I thought about it the more I realised it's actually a pretty cool thing: Danelectros were designed to be cheap enough for beginners to afford but to play and sound like a much more expensive instrument - that's a great piece of design work.

    Of course, it helps that I'm a miserly sod that doesn't like spending money on posh wood when there's a B&Q full of cheap mdf round the corner.
     
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