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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by BWNadeau, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. BWNadeau

    BWNadeau Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 2, 2011
    Lachute, Canada
    My newest project is underway. I had to side-line it last fall due to some issues with the house, but a friend has my new T build rolling along nicely...as if anything he's building wouldn't be ;-)

    I wanted to go very classic with this, so here's the spec list:

    Body - 1-piece swamp ash (about 3.5 lbs). It rings high and resonant when knocking it. Lively piece of wood.
    Neck - full-c maple with some slight figuring. Vintage radius.
    Plate - Klein short-side vintage, Budz Triple Threat saddles
    Pickups - Budz 5-2-4 10k bridge / Tall Tele neck (may go 4-way switching for parallel and series).

    The body will be finished in Vintage White Blonde, with a black bakelite guard. The neck will have a gloss nitro finish on the fretboard and front of the headstock, with the back of the head and neck in satin.

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  2. BWNadeau

    BWNadeau Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 2, 2011
    Lachute, Canada
    I received some hardware in the mail today - pickups, bridge, and saddles.

    When I told David this was a more vintage-styled build, he decided to make some changes to the bridge pickup, and went with a lower wound 5/4/2 Alnico than he does for Danocaster, with flat pole pieces. The neck is a standard Tall, which has long been my favorite neck pickup for a Tele.

    The saddles are the last set of Triple Threats he had - given machining costs versus the price of imported parts, he has decided to stop having them machined so he concentrate on pickups. This is sad, as I've had them on a couple guitars, and they are great. That said, it's very cool that I have them...I have one of the first sets as well.

    With the Klein bridge plate in hand, I can say it's a nice piece of hardware. The corners are perfectly smooth and rounded, unlike the crimped Fender plates. The edges are smooth and polished, and it has a nice feel to it. Everything lines up properly, and its thickness is comparable to a Glendale or stock Fender. Aesthetically, I would have preferred not having any brand stamping into it, but most have that, so it's not a knock against the Klein. The finish is flawless apart from a couple little burrs on the bedding screw holes (easily taken care of). I'll see how it goes and sounds soon enough, but thus far I consider it a very interestingly priced alternative to the other after-market bridges available, and like all of them, are a step up in quality and aesthetics from the old Fender plate. Were I to have any say, I would have made it a hair wider to make sure any potential butt-crack is covered, but it is a nice piece, and Mr. Klein was an absolute treat to deal with.

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  3. DrASATele

    DrASATele Friend of Leo's

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    How do you plan to go about the blonde finish? Traditional nitro? More current Poly version?
    Totally digging the swamp ash body, the neck has some beautiful grain line, very cool build!
     
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  5. BWNadeau

    BWNadeau Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 2, 2011
    Lachute, Canada
    Thanks. Finish will be transparent white nitro, shot with some amber in the clear lacquer.
     
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