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NGD...Custom Walnut Goodness!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Elias Graves, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Elias Graves

    Elias Graves Friend of Leo's

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    My father in law bought a whole walnut tree from a sawmill in Missouri about 25 years ago and gave me quite a bit of it. Here's my first project.
    Specs:
    Body chambered American black walnut, chambered with bookmatched walnut top and maple binding.
    Neck: Walnut with Indian rosewood board, graphite nut, Fender American Std strat tuners.
    Bridge: Wilkinson three saddle, top load.
    Electronics: Fender OV bridge pickup, Duncan SM3 mini neck pickup, 500k volume, 250k no load tone with .047 orange drop in a standard 60s tele wiring setup.
    Total weight is 6 lbs 10 oz of pure tele goodness.
    The bridge pickup is straight out of Bakersfield with twang for days. The neck pickup, partly due to my very heavy chambering (this thing is darn near hollow) has quite a bit of hollowbody tone to it. Big fat bass and lovely chime.
    It's been a lot of work, but totally worth it.

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    The base and color coats are fresh mixed shellac, though I did topcoat it with acrylic lacquer for added durability. The tint used for the burst, back, sides and neck is called nigrosin...the same color dye used in Sharpies. :D
     
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    Beautiful! Great choice with the maple binding.
     
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    Beauty, very nice job.
     
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    Love it !
    Absolutely beautiful.
     
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    Wow! Will have to check this out from my PC but even on my iPhone it looks great.
     
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    Can't think of a better use for a walnut tree.

    Mmm, walnuts . . .
     
  9. Andy Summers

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    WOW!!! That looks great! Congrats!!
     
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    Dang, I hate it when the pictures are just "X's"..Must look when I get home from work..
     
  11. Red Square

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    Incredibly beautiful. I love the maple binding.
     
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    Looks fantastic. Nice work!
     
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    Very nice indeed!
     
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    Verrry sweet.
     
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    Man' some of you cats can really build some Great Guitars!! congrats'' that has to be one
    of the finest I've seen!!
     
  16. Elias Graves

    Elias Graves Friend of Leo's

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    And it was my first, too!
    Thank you.
     
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    great job. very beautiful guitar!
     
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    That is stunning! Good job!
     
  19. Elias Graves

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    Thanks. Some updates last night. Some work on the nut has it playing much better. It's unusual doing a COMPLETE setup entirely from scratch.

    Had some electronic issues where is was getting no signal from the middle position and could not track it down. I ultimately swapped the switch for a four way and added a bridge+neck split option. I like that sound.
    Also some new tele knobs.

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    You my friend are very Talented!!...
     
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