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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

    Apr 27, 2010
    Oklahoma
    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
     
  2. edchavez

    edchavez Tele-Meister

    386
    Jan 26, 2011
    Arkansas
  3. CarterK

    CarterK Tele-Meister

    396
    Jan 15, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Beautiful! Great choice with the maple binding.
     
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  5. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    65
    Jun 24, 2006
    Fort Worth,Tx.
    Beauty, very nice job.
     
  6. ASC67

    ASC67 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 3, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN.
    Love it !
    Absolutely beautiful.
     
  7. xtrajerry

    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

    Wow! Will have to check this out from my PC but even on my iPhone it looks great.
     
  8. hemingway

    hemingway Friend of Leo's

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Can't think of a better use for a walnut tree.

    Mmm, walnuts . . .
     
  9. Andy Summers

    Andy Summers Friend of Leo's

    Jul 26, 2006
    CT
    WOW!!! That looks great! Congrats!!
     
  10. TeleDrifter

    TeleDrifter Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 13, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Dang, I hate it when the pictures are just "X's"..Must look when I get home from work..
     
  11. Red Square

    Red Square Friend of Leo's

    Mar 30, 2008
    Atlanta
    Incredibly beautiful. I love the maple binding.
     
  12. cynic79

    cynic79 Tele-Meister

    425
    Dec 18, 2009
    Northern Virginia/DC
    Looks fantastic. Nice work!
     
  13. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 22, 2007
    Mid-Michigan
    Very nice indeed!
     
  14. Skub

    Skub Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2010
    N.Ireland
    Verrry sweet.
     
  15. huckdeuceman

    huckdeuceman Tele-Meister

    464
    Feb 24, 2012
    Homosassa fl
    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

    Apr 27, 2010
    Oklahoma
    And it was my first, too!
    Thank you.
     
  17. daniel o

    daniel o Tele-Meister

    318
    Aug 13, 2011
    manitoba
    great job. very beautiful guitar!
     
  18. slap dat

    slap dat Tele-Meister

    394
    Dec 6, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    That is stunning! Good job!
     
  19. Elias Graves

    Elias Graves Friend of Leo's

    Apr 27, 2010
    Oklahoma
    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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  20. huckdeuceman

    huckdeuceman Tele-Meister

    464
    Feb 24, 2012
    Homosassa fl
    You my friend are very Talented!!...
     
  21. Jupiter

    Jupiter Doctor of Teleocity

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
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