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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by blackbelt308, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. blackbelt308

    blackbelt308 Tele-Holic

    Age:
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    564
    Nov 16, 2006
    Columbus, Ohio
    I'm not a country-western player but - what the heck! - I thought I'd go ahead and build a Tele with a country-western flair to it. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

    Started with a one-piece sugar pine body from Marc Rutters, tinted it with a few coats of amber shellac (Hock flakes in ethanol, applied with a Preval sprayer), and finished it off with clear gloss nitro lacquer. The neck is an Allparts TMO-V that I finished with Reranch tinted clear.

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    The hand-tooled leather pickguard was made by M.K. Holloway from the Dallas area. M.K. is a true artist and a joy to work with! The custom leather strap was made for me by TDPRI's own Bob Schell of Brookwood Leathers. Bob was also a joy to work with. I sent him the guard and he was able to color-match the strap. Incredible quality too!

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    Other particulars.... A fabulous set of Lollar Vintage T pickups in this guitar, Fender vintage bridge plate, Barden compensated saddles, and Gotoh vintage style tuners. She sounds great! Yaa-hoo! :D

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    Thanks for lookin'!
    Rick
     

  2. jjfatz42

    jjfatz42 Tele-Holic

    580
    Jun 12, 2010
    Oklahoma
    That's cool!:cool: I want one. :D
     

  3. otaypanky

    otaypanky Tele-Holic

    539
    Nov 20, 2008
    Mechanicsburg, Pa.
    That's a sweet one Rick
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  5. bluecar

    bluecar Tele-Meister

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    Apr 2, 2010
    Kansas City
    Saaaaaweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best,
    BC
     

  6. Tele-Champ

    Tele-Champ Tele-Holic

    999
    May 8, 2009
    FL

    Love it. Great job!
     

  7. Dababy

    Dababy Tele-Meister

    395
    Jan 30, 2009
    Northeast Ohio
    Beautiful! I've never used shellac because I assume it's a lot of work, but that finish has me thinking about giving it a try some time.
     

  8. Mojotron

    Mojotron Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 21, 2008
    Seattle
    Actually, you can spray/sand/buff shellac just like one would with nitro and it's a lot less work that nitro since shellac cures faster and goes on in fewer coats that dry much faster.
     

  9. crane550

    crane550 Tele-Meister

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    Jan 26, 2009
    Boise, Id
    That pickguard is incredible! How stable is it, will it move with humidity?
     

  10. refin

    refin Friend of Leo's

    Feb 24, 2005
    Florida Panhandle
    Nice job,looks really great!
     

  11. Martin-Tele

    Martin-Tele Tele-Meister

    128
    Feb 5, 2010
    Los Angeles Ca
    I would sure like to see the back of that V neck
     

  12. Tele Fan

    Tele Fan Friend of Leo's

    Oct 26, 2007
    Louisville, Ky
    Congrats! That's one nice fiddle you've got there.
     

  13. blackbelt308

    blackbelt308 Tele-Holic

    Age:
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    564
    Nov 16, 2006
    Columbus, Ohio
    Thanks for the kind words!

    You should give it a try. I had a couple of false starts with shellac but finally managed to figure out a good schedule. Great stuff!

    I guess I'll find out over the next couple of years. It has a really nice stiff backing so I'm optimistic that it'll hold up well.

    I'm not sure there's much you can see in this pic, but it has a really nice feel. Much beefier than a modern C-shape but not quite all the way to fat.

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    One more pic with the Princeton! :D

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    Ciao,
    Rick
     

  14. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Jan 6, 2005
    Iowa USA
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    I'm digging it!
     

  15. pixeljammer

    pixeljammer TDPRI Member

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    Aug 25, 2010
    Colorado

  16. HiggyDude

    HiggyDude Tele-Holic

    561
    Sep 8, 2006
    Tempe, AZ
    Never been a fan of leather pickguards - but that one just Fits! It looks awesome - nice job!
     

  17. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That looks great!!
     

  18. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Oct 22, 2006
    Garner, North Carolina
    That's one of the best looking Tele's I've seen here.
     

  19. tele2313

    tele2313 Tele-Meister

    320
    Jan 16, 2009
    Nashville TN
    That is a sweet looking tele. Great job!!!
     

  20. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

    Apr 23, 2009
    Monterey, CA
    I really like it. It looks different and yet very classic.
     

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