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First NGD... First Tele Build... Warmoth Partscaster Tele

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by stuffinplays, May 1, 2018.

  1. stuffinplays

    stuffinplays TDPRI Member

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    Howdy. I've never done a NGD but love reading them. I'm not so good at making a gripping narrative to go along with a NGD post, but I know how much all you lot like photos so I thought I'd make one for you.

    Here's my new Tele build...

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    As you can see I went with some wood with... Character... I spotted this very Goncalo Alvez neck on Warmoth a few months ago and fell in love with it, so I started concocting what kind of Tele I wanted to build around it. In my "research" I saw a 'Fender Limited Edition Lightweight Ash Telecaster' somewhere on Reverb and fell head over heels for the tortoise PG on the mary kaye see-through blonde body. I love the sound of a tele neck PU, but I could never jive with the lack of body contours (blasphemy for some here, I know...) so I decided I would be getting all of the Warmoth body contour options; heel, arm, and belly contours. It makes for a nice, light tele, that feels like a strat but sounds like, well, a tele.. The body is Roasted swamp ash in Alpine White. I went with Alpine White rather than a translucent white finish simply because it was available and I am too impatient to wait once I have something stuck in my noggin.

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    So I finally sold the Green Gibson LP in my avatar on Reverb, and decided to start the build a few weeks ago. I sourced all the misc screws and pieces off of Warmoth. I found a Fender bridge plate for cheap on Reverb, as well as a DiMarzio Twang King neck PU. The tuners are Schaller locking, from eBay, that I replaced the button with some pearloid buttons I got from StewMac. I decided instead of ruining some expensive pots with my poor soldering skillz, I went to Sigler and had them craft me a control plate with an S1 switch 500k pot, and a push/pull 500k pot as well as a 4 way switch & Orange Drop .047uF cap. I had DiMarzio custom build a Chopper T with gold rails, which to my suprise wasn't much of an increase in price at all. This is the same PU configuration that can be found on the Richie Kotzen Tele, but I was unable to find an aftermarket bridge PU, new or used. With the S1 switch I can get out of phase in series or parallel, and with the push pull I can split the bridge to the inner coil of the Chopper T. I'm a sucker for gimmicky coil configurations, I love exploring the different sounds I can achieve with a single guitar so I always go for the extra options.

    Here's the neck close up, I love the stripes:
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    And that about does it. Hope you enjoyed my humble-bragging picture dump!
     

  2. davo8411

    davo8411 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    That there is downright purdy.
     
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  3. Jsil13

    Jsil13 Tele-Holic

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    Nice job man. It looks great. I have a Warmoth neck on one of my builds and it is my favorite. I've also toyed with the idea of white with gold hardware like an LP Custom, and it really does look sharp. I just started putting contours into my first builds and I've thought about the heel. How do you like the heel contour compared to a normal tele?
     

  4. Mudman32

    Mudman32 Tele-Meister

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    Great combo! Love that neck grain
     
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  5. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
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    That is one extraordinary neck
     
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  6. theprofessor

    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

    Aug 8, 2016
    Chattanooga, TN
    Yep, that neck rules. Congratulations on the new guitar!
     
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  7. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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  8. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    NICE!!!...almost TOO nice. I'd almost be leery of playing out with that. But it does look great!
     
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  9. ickylick

    ickylick Tele-Meister

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    Classy~
    Looks like the type of guitar you can play at a wedding venue..
     
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  10. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 24, 2012
    Southern California
    Very nice and well done. I love when a plan comes together.
     
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  11. IronSchef

    IronSchef Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    I LOVE it - sweet tele!!

    The neck/PG/Body/HW esthetic is awesome, great build!
     
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  12. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 25, 2016
    Midwest, USA
    She is a beauty... I am smitten!
     

  13. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 2, 2006
    NY
    Nice! The grain on the neck is really eye catching.
     
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  14. stuffinplays

    stuffinplays TDPRI Member

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    I strung it up and couldn't get it set up correctly before bedtime, so I dropped it off to my tech after work and he's going to set me straight. I will let you know once I get it back! The radius edge at the inside of the lower horn is going to be more of a positive than the slope of the heel, I believe. It's really nice and definitely adds to the strat feel I was going for, more than I anticipated.
     
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  15. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Afflicted

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  16. Lefty Addams

    Lefty Addams Tele-Afflicted

    May 6, 2012
    England
    yeah that works, nice one, love that fretboard!
     

  17. gampadug

    gampadug TDPRI Member

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    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!
     

  18. gampadug

    gampadug TDPRI Member

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    Is that an arm contour or just a shadow?
     

  19. jannodude

    jannodude Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    That’s glorious!
     

  20. stuffinplays

    stuffinplays TDPRI Member

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    It is! IT's got an arm contour, belly contour and a neck heel contour/soft inner horn radius. Feels so nice :)
     
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