New Tele Build Day: Candy Apple Red

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by theprofessor, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. theprofessor

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    I was talking to a friend of mine last fall about my love of putting together T-style guitars, and he said he'd like me to put one together for him. So I did. I just finished it today, and it sounds fantastic.

    Here are the specs. Pictures to follow in subsequent posts:

    Musikraft 2-piece clear grade ultra light swamp ash 60’s Tele body, with standard 2-3/16” neck pocket

    Paint job by MJT (Candy Apple Red over Gold undercoat). “Closet clean” with checking and crazing and a few nicks.

    Neck pickup: Peter Florance Voodoo pickup, AlNiCo 5 magnets, made exclusively for Bill Crook guitars (measured 7.73kΩ)

    Bridge Pickup: Peter Florance Voodoo TE62 (measured 6.9kΩ), with raised, staggered pole pieces

    Fender Pat Pend bridge

    Rutters straight compensated brass saddles

    Tone capacitor: ceramic +80/-20 (measured 49.25 nF)

    Standard 60’s cloth pushback wiring with CRL 3-way switch

    Pickup and control cavities shielded with copper tape

    (2) 250k audio taper pots

    Fender custom shop early 60’s knobs

    Top hat switch tip

    Neck is from a dual-humbucker Fender Telecaster from 2018, maple with maple board. Made in Mexico. Modern C shape, medium jumbo frets, and 9.5” radius. 22 frets. Synthetic bone nut, measuring 1.65” wide at the nut. Truss rod adjustment (3/16”) at headstock. Satin urethane finish on back, gloss urethane finish on board.

    butterfly string tree

    Gotoh 6-in-line Kluson-style split-shaft tuners

    10.5 mm round tuner conversion bushings from Stewart McDonald

    Strings: D’Addario 10-46 nickel wound, with plain third string

    Total weight: 6.8 lbs
     
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    More detailed pics of the finish and so forth in a post below. Lots of checking and crazing going on, and the lacquer has sunk into the grain at points. Top-notch paint job by MJT.
     
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  4. theprofessor

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    Looking good!

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    I love candy apple red. One question - the grain doesn't look like it was filled - is that part of the aged look you wanted? Do those old finishes actually seep in that deep? Just curious.
     
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    Everything looks fantastic, but is that really a Fender logo?
     
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    Great job prof, she looks so sweet! :)
     
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    I don't know how the old finishes act; I got the body already painted, and the seller implied that he had had it painted that way to look like an old refinished 60's Tele he had. So I think you're right that the grain wasn't filled. I really like it like that, at least in this case.

    Thanks! As far as the question: Do you mean is it a legit Fender logo, from Fender? If so, the answer is yes. It's a Fender neck. If you look at a Fender Player Telecaster HH, you'll see that's how the logo is done on those. Kind of nice, because the specs are modern in every other way. My buddy wanted the modern C neck with medium-jumbo frets, and I wanted the older looking logo for aesthetic purposes. So we both got what we wanted.
     
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    Yeah, but it's not a legitimate Fender guitar. It's a partscaster, and the logo suggests that it's a genuine Fender that's merely been modified. You and your buddy know that it's not a Fender, but your buddy might eventually sell it to someone, who then sells it as a real Fender.

    As the old folks say, it just ain't right.
     
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    Oh, I see. No, he won't sell it. I understand your point, and I am sympathetic to the impulse, but am I not supposed to buy a Fender neck unless I already have a Fender body? And I'm not going to figure out how to take the logo and serial number off a perfectly good neck. So while I do take your point, I'm not willing to take it to its logical conclusion in a way that is overly restrictive when my buddy is looking for a partscaster that meets certain criteria (including a modern C-shape neck with medium jumbo frets). I'm certainly not going to custom-order one from Warmoth or Musikraft just so it doesn't have a Fender logo on it.
     
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    Are you suggesting that if someone makes a partscaster with a Fender neck — which they might have bought separately, or taken off a Fender guitar — that they ought to scratch the logo off??

    I don’t think anyone should put a Fender logo on to something that isn’t made by Fender, but scratching the logo (& serial number?) off a genuine Fender part seems to be going a bit far...
     
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    Gorgeous. How is the neck for thickness?
     
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    Thanks! It's a modern C, which I'm not a fan of, but the satin finish on the back really does make it nice. He wanted specs that were closest to his '96 (I think) American Strat, so that there's not much transition in terms of neck profile and fret size when switching back and forth.
     
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