My Rat Rod Esquire

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by afoolsparadise, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. afoolsparadise

    afoolsparadise Tele-Meister

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    Rat Rod "Deluxe" - Built to go, not for show!

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    I love the whole hot-rodded Esquire concept of the Fender Custom Shop La Cabronita Especial. (Some early promo photos included the "Esquire" name on the headstock decal.) Starting with the classic Esquire design as a base, stripping it to the bare bones, and then rebuilding it with high performance components really appeals to me. My plan was to kick it a notch further into "rat rod" territory as a D-I-Y project with some custom parts and a few upgrades. My goal was to create a player's guitar with no "authentic & vintage" aspirations and without the high price associated with the scarcity & branding of a Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition.

    Really enjoyed the process, including the photos and graphics - I see how this could be addicting!

    Body - Pine, a little thinner than a standard Telecaster but not quite as thin as the original pine 1950 Esquire models. Finished with rattlecan John Deere Blitz Black, a flat black paint popular with rat rod builders because it's cheap, durable, easy to use, and looks great.

    Neck - Large "C" maple neck & fingerboard with heel truss rod adjustment, medium tall frets, and 9.5" radius. Bone nut. Finished with Tru-Oil over amber shellac. Steel inserts and stainless steel neckplate & bolts for ease of adjustment and disassembly for travel. This particular neck/body combo required a small shim which is brass.

    Tuners - Sperzel Sound Lock open back locking tuners in chrome with pearloid buttons. Great light weight tuners with an elegant design that offer a nice counterpoint to the overall "industrial" aspect of this guitar.

    Pickup - Chrome TV Jones Classic Plus has slightly less of that mid-range PAF/humbucker sound compared to the TV Jones Powertron. I think it has a more complex Filtertron-style voice with plenty of punch and gives this single pickup instrument extra character. Especially nice with a low gain overdrive pedal.

    Controls - CTS pots: 500K volume, 250k tone with Greasebucket tone circuit. Some people prefer a standard tone circuit but I think the Greasebucket works here. Switchcraft jack with aluminum Electrosocket.

    Bridge - Custom machined solid brass bridgeplate with six stainless steel saddles. Same materials mix, with a little more "rat rod" attitude, as the American Standard Hard Tail on the original La Cabronita.

    Knobs - Custom machined solid brass. Domed with heavy knurling.

    Pickguard & control cover - Custom cut single ply .060" Parchment.

    Hardware - Stainless steel throughout.

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  2. JCBurke59

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    excellent.
     
  3. goldguitarguy

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    Love the tuners,top the guitar prefect
     
  4. oramac7891

    oramac7891 Friend of Leo's

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    Looks incredible, if you need me to test drive it for a while. Feel free to send it my way
     
  5. afoolsparadise

    afoolsparadise Tele-Meister

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    Thanks, I appreciate the consideration of all you prospective testers! Have no fear, it's getting a good work out!
     
  6. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    That is AWESOME!! I absolutely love the aesthetics, and the neck color turned out perfect. I see one of these in my build future:twisted:
     
  7. Daddy Hojo

    Daddy Hojo Friend of Leo's

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    I love it! I've been wanting to make a black version of the tele/broadcaster/esquire/snakehead concept and this looks exactly as it should. Beautiful work. Now beat it up for a few months and post more pics...
     
  8. guitarbuilder

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    Very nice. I like all of your choices. The brass on black looks nice. I like the tuxedo look myself.

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  9. deaconque

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    I love it. There's just something about a "beat up" guitar that makes me trust it a little more. Feels like an old flame as opposed to some new high maintenance broad.
     
  10. Jupiter

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    That is nice. I like it better than mine....
     
  11. afoolsparadise

    afoolsparadise Tele-Meister

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    guitarbuilder: Nice one! B&W is always a great combo. The La Cab has inspired lots of interesting variations.

    deaconque: Thanks, I agree! Not a big fan of extensive relicing but don't like that new "fresh out of the box" shine, either. I like a bit of "character" in guitars and people!

    Jupiter: Thanks, that's high praise from the maker of Max Kerrang! Very impressive build and nicely documented. I was too busy just getting the Rat Rod built to get any pictures. Maybe on the next one!
     
  12. Brother Rob

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    I like those tuners. I've never seen those. Great build.
     
  13. Bulldog87

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    That is a great looking guitar! Wow!
     
  14. h2ocreeker

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    Very nice, there is nothing I would think of changing and plenty I wouldn't have thought of using. Great photos too. We could use a sound sample to put it over the top.
     
  15. afoolsparadise

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    Thanks! Those Sperzel open back tuners don't show up very often but they're a very slick design. I will definitely use them again.

    The Rat Rod has been off on a trial to get some feedback with a buddy who gigs 4 or 5 nights a week. I hoping to get some clips to post, he's a killer player.
     
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    Very cool!
     
  17. mnutz

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    Wow, that is just a killer looking guitar!
     
  18. Guitfiddler

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    Awesome guitar! Love the brass hardware and tuners.
     
  19. afoolsparadise

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    Guitfiddler, the brass hardware is from fellow Austinite Armadillo Guitar. Great custom machine shop.
     
  20. SouthernComfort

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    Absolutely beautiful, man. It's amazing how close your design is to a build I've been thinking about, right down to the flat black and the neck bolt inserts. Bravo!
     
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