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Making it sparkle: My first Tele kit build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Itchyfeet1000, May 10, 2018.

  1. Itchyfeet1000

    Itchyfeet1000 TDPRI Member

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    My first build of any guitar type actually. I don't have the woodworking skills to tackle a build from scratch, but the endless Facebook ads for kit guitars proved too much to resist. And I've always wanted a Thinline Tele that I've never been able to afford, so....

    After a lot of researching and reading I took the plunge about a month ago and bought a Thinline Tele kit from Guitar Kit Fabric for £130 (roughly $190). From start to finish took me about 3 weeks and I'm delighted with the result, particularly for my first attempt. I've changed a few parts and added a Bigsby-esque tremolo but have to say the kit quality was mostly pretty good.

    Only problem is I'm now hooked and planning my next build. I think it'll be a Harley Benton solid body Tele from Thomann using only the parts supplied to see what £70 really can buy.

    I've posted a couple of Youtube videos about the build if anybody's bored enough to watch them!





     

  2. mangus

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  3. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Cool looking guitar. What did you use for paint?
     

  4. Macrogats

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    That's really cool dude. Well done!
     

  5. Itchyfeet1000

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    Thanks guys! The paint colour is Breeze Blue. It's from Vauxhall cars sold here in the UK. The same colour may be available through GM in the US. It also has some Rustoleum glitter lacquer to make it pop a little more than a standard metallic. Then a lot of clearcoat to make it shine. It still needs a final polish but wanted to leave plenty curing time. I'm currently working on a case that matches the budget build of the guitar.
     
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  6. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

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    It looks like three different blues in the pictures. that paint must have some range.

    I think blue and white pearl is my favorite combo.
     

  7. Rock-Ola

    Rock-Ola Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    That is a great looking guitar (or three). Is that a rattlecan finish?
     

  8. Itchyfeet1000

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    Apologies for the delay. I have a head like a seive sometimes.

    It is a rattle can finish and just one guitar. The glitter in the lacquer makes it look different depending on the quality of light. I've years of experience using rattle cans on motorcycle parts so I know I can get a good result with patience. I'm planning anpther buld for later this year and will be doing the same again but with a different scheme. The Youtube videos I've linked above have some info on the painting process.
     
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  9. Honza992

    Honza992 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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  10. Itchyfeet1000

    Itchyfeet1000 TDPRI Member

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  11. Itchyfeet1000

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    I decided I wasn't happy with the final finish on my lacquer so spent the afternoon wet sanding with 2500 grit, then polishing and waxing.

    I think it's fair to say I got a good shine on this. As a bonus the glitter in the lacquer pops even more now. IMG_20180613_222351_171.jpg IMG_20180613_222542_921.jpg IMG_20180613_222634_910.jpg
     

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  13. Itchyfeet1000

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    Thank you! I'm surprised it turned out so well. I need to do another one now!
     
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  14. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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    This REALLY looks amazing! And for the price, really outstanding!!

    Can't wait to see what you produce with the next build!
     
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  15. Wildcard_35

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    That's a really nice sparkle paint job!
     

  16. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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    Man, I got home from work and watched your build videos...

    I have to admit that I've got a bit of a crush on your guitar...

    Please make your next build a priority, I can't wait to see the paint job you do on that one too!
     
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  17. Itchyfeet1000

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    That really is very kind of you. I already have a fixed plan in my head but it'll have to wait until I move from student life back into employment in July. The next build will be a Harley Benton solid-body Tele kit. I have a vague idea in my head of how I want it to look but for now it's just a mental image. The inspiration will come from the mk1 Corvette.

    vette.jpg

    When it finally happens I'll start a thread and do another video.
     
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  18. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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    I love it already!

    I think I’ll have a crush on that guitar too... oh man, guitar envy is a *****!

    Looking forward to the thread and videos!
     

  19. Sparky2

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