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Esquire Type Conversion

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by telenutta, Feb 17, 2017 at 4:33 AM.

  1. telenutta

    telenutta TDPRI Member

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    Sep 14, 2016
    France
    Back last fall I bought a Tele type kit from Thomann for 79 euro so was not expecting too much but when it arrived I found that it had a lot of niggling faults such as mis positioned holes and the neck needs a lot of work to get in some sort of order so I put it in the corner and went off to work. Five months on and I decide to give it a go and use it as a testbed to find out if I can actually build something playable and do a bit of customising to boot. After looking at it for a few days I came up with an attempt at an Esquire type having found an MIM 50's Esquire pickup on the net. I have started the build and will post my progress if anyone is interested. This is a pic of the original kit in a dry fit form.
     

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  2. telenutta

    telenutta TDPRI Member

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    France
    Just came in from the workshop, and took a couple of shots of my progress so far, you can see I have done a bit of contouring and spent a lot of time yesterday getting everything aligned after filling all the misaligned holes with cocktail sticks, luckily none of them are visible but I did them anyway.I compared the body with my MIM and the dimensions varied quit a bit also I had neck slop which I cured with some glass fibre thin sheet that I had lying around.The finish I plan is a stain followed by Crimson guitars finishing oil which has nothing but praise round and about and is preferred to Truoil by many. It is too cold to paint here at the moment. Not sure what the wood is but it sands readily and and I plan to go to at least 600 grit to help pore fill .I have to be careful of knocks as it marks without trying too hard. IMG_0705.jpg IMG_0704.jpg
     
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  3. Ira7

    Ira7 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
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    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    Is that a longer modern Tele bridge?
     
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  5. telenutta

    telenutta TDPRI Member

    Age:
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    21
    Sep 14, 2016
    France
    Yes it is a bit cheap and cheerful and I plan to tart it up or replace it at a later date if it is a problem.
     
  6. Grizz2k

    Grizz2k TDPRI Member

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    Your work is so beautiful Im considering taking on the same project! Looks great, reading all of your updates.
     
  7. telenutta

    telenutta TDPRI Member

    Age:
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    21
    Sep 14, 2016
    France
    Thanks for the kind words Grizz, lets just say if i can do it anyone can!. Give it a go its a lot of fun.
     
  8. Ira7

    Ira7 Friend of Leo's

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    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    I'm just partial to vintage bridges on Esquires, not to mention the ashtray cover, even if you remove it to play.
     
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