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Blackguard Replica Builders Club

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by eresseraca, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. eresseraca

    eresseraca TDPRI Member

    Oct 8, 2006
    I know I'm not the only one who think that the early 50's Blackguards are the most beautiful guitars on the planet. I also know that I ain't the only one who has built a replica of one.

    So this is THE CLUB for all the guys who ain't lucky enough to own a real one but have built themselves a replica.

    Please share a couple of pics of your guitar and post some specs and if you have any plans on coming upgrades to it.


    NECK: Allparts FAT neck - super thin nitro finish
    BODY: Fender Lite Ash body - stripped and refinished w/ super thin nitro coat
    WEIGHT: Extremely light, but I don't have a scale so I haven't checked yet.
    PICKUPS: Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro
    WIRING: Modern wiring with "Mylar" Cap from 1950's, CTS pots, Switchcraft switch & Jack
    OTHER: Glendale Philip head screws, Fender Pat. Pend bridge, Nitro-finished bakelite guard, Nocaster style milled jack cup...

    PLANS: Pickup upgrade in the future to something along the lines of Stuart Blackguards or something from Don Mare.

    Blog page of the build process

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  2. chitlinsonrye

    chitlinsonrye Former Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Minimalist masterpieces. Sign me up!

    Nice job by the way :cool: great how you documented every step

  3. madmark

    madmark Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 18, 2007
    New York
    Good Job. I also liked how you documented all steps.. Thanks for sharing..

  4. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

    Admin Post
    I haven't built a "traditional" Blackguard yet but I've built a couple that are close I guess.

    This one turned out nice and sounds great. The body wood is Hackberry instead of Ash and it has a humbucker in the neck position, but other than that it is pretty much standard Tele.

    This one is Swamp Ash with standard Tele pickups. But the neck has a Rosewood fretboard instead of Maple. I also used the Butterscotch Blonde lacquer from the ReRanch... which I do NOT really like. It looks more like Country Crock Margarine than Butterscotch Blonde to me.

  5. gwalker134

    gwalker134 TDPRI Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    san jose
    Re: Re Ranch

    Hmm... Next time try I Can't Believe It's Not Fender.

  6. PeterUK

    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 4, 2003
    Nottingham, UK

  7. craigoslo

    craigoslo Tele-Meister

    Feb 6, 2009
    oslo, Norway
    I think that one looks amazing. I love butter casters

  8. blackbelt308

    blackbelt308 Tele-Holic

    Nov 16, 2006
    Columbus, Ohio
    Here's my first one, finished in clear amber:


    Warmoth swamp ash body finished in thin polyU
    Fender Classic 50s Esquire neck w/Kluson-style tuners
    CS Nocaster pickups (neck=7.17K, bridge=7.25K)
    Fender vintage bridge w/Callaham brass compensated saddles
    Callaham Lacquered Bakelite pickguard


    A second one is currently in the works, similar but with a butterscotch blonde nitro finish, flame maple neck, and a little different plan for the electronics...


  9. The OB

    The OB Tele-Meister

    Jan 25, 2009

  10. Scatter Lee

    Scatter Lee Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 30, 2008
    follow the buzzards
    i've done a couple, got five more in the works right now


  11. Stumpwizard

    Stumpwizard Tele-Meister

    Dec 5, 2003
    Lafayette, Indiana

    Just finished my first ever build...

    Not exactly true to the original with the neck...


    USACG ash body
    Reranch butterscotch blonde - Deft rattle can nitro - gloss

    Mighty mite birds eye maple neck
    (hate the plastic nut - have a new GraphTech on it's way)
    -9.5 radius
    -Std C shape
    -Fender 3/8" tuners

    Fender vintage saddle bridge
    GFS 50's bridge pup
    Fender 52 RI neck pup

    control plate- CRL switch, CTS 250K, Sprague orange drop .047

    Electrosocket with Switchcraft jack

    Lots of hand sanding, rubbing, buffing, polishing..etc

    I am very pleased with the results of 2 months of work...that also kept my mind occupied in some uncertain times..... I am already planning my next build...this time I will make the body and neck from raw wood....


  12. JCBurke59

    JCBurke59 Tele-Holic

    Jan 7, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    Here's mine. Old (15 years or so) Stew-Mac ash body, Allparts TMO-FAT with Stainless Jumbo frets. ReRanch Butterscotch and clear on body, Stew-Mac vintage amber stain and Tru-Oil on the neck. Mostly Fender metalwork. DiMarzio HS-3T bridge and Seymour-Duncan noiseless neck pickups (plan to replace them with Don Mare Tweed Monsters). Reversed control plate with 4-way switch.

    A recent 'glamour' shot...

    I recently got the paint to check...


    Last edited: Mar 28, 2009

  13. experience

    experience TDPRI Member

    Apr 10, 2008
    Hi guys this is my first partcaster, a nocaster like

    Swamp ash Body and neck (from B Hefner) , Nocaster Pickups and a yellowish finish with acrylic paint, and nitro laquer :


  14. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    I will never join a club that is willing to accept me as a member


  15. tonewoods

    tonewoods Former Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Orcas Island, Washington
    I've posted these pics before....
    It's a loose copy of #0514...
    I'm about to take some new close-ups, so I'll add them down the line sometime....




    NECK: Allparts FAT neck - French polished shellac...


    WEIGHT: Extremely light....

    PICKUPS: Mares...

    I've been playing it for about a year, and the fingerboard wear is now a lot more authentic, as is the body wear.
    Nothing like a little playing time to make relicing look more real....

  16. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Iowa USA
    Admin Post
    Here's mine...


    I want to do one with a slightly whiter body.
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  17. jaydawg

    jaydawg Tele-Holic

    Jun 26, 2006
    York, ME
    This one was my take on a non-aged blackguard.


  18. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ

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