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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by crazy_aussie, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. crazy_aussie

    crazy_aussie Tele-Meister

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    I think BWB. Plan is for the body to be pearlescent black so I'm thinking anything other than black might detract from that. Any thoughts out there?
     
  2. PingGuo

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    That's a good, classic, clean look.

    But with black you can get crazy and do anything.

    White, mirror, paisley....
     
  3. crazy_aussie

    crazy_aussie Tele-Meister

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    OK, chose a GM colour called Panther Mica - a metallic black. Will shoot a couple of coats over the next few days to see how it comes up. Also bit the bullet and ordered a BWB pick guard. Now I'm in 2 minds about the Bigsby....do I really want/need it???
     
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    3 coats of GM Panther Black Mica now on the body...I'm pretty happy with the way this is coming up. There is a slight green tinge to the colour in some light angles which reminds me a lot of the colour on a Jeep Grand Cherokee I used to own, that colour was called Black Forest Green.

    Contrary to what some people say, I did actually sand between each coat with 600g wet and dry. I know some argue you shouldn't/don't need to do this but I want this surface to be as flat as possible before shooting the clear. The result so far is OK....

    So now I'll leave it for 48 hours (as per manufacturers specs) before shooting the first of many coats of clear. I'm using the same brand of clear enamel as the colour coat (Duplicolour) 'cause I've had problems in the past with strange reactions of clear coat with different substrates. 3 coats.jpg
     
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  5. crazy_aussie

    crazy_aussie Tele-Meister

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    I've also had a change of heart about the pickups. I used to own a Gretsch archtop that had De Armond pickups in it and I regret to this day selling that guitar....wonderful sound. Sooooo, I've ordered some TV Jones T-Armond's with silver surrounds that will fit the pick guard that's on its way.

    However, I'm still in a number of minds about a bridge and whether or not to fit a Bigsby. Any thoughts/experiences out there?
     
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    Bristlehound Friend of Leo's

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    That looks really good - I can see the hint of green on the body edge.
     
  7. Jupiter

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    cool color!
     
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    Indeed!
     
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    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Looks great!!
     
  10. crazy_aussie

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    Thanks, appreciated.
     
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    Very nice color!!!

    As far as the bigsby goes, do you play any type of music that might benefit from the bigsby? If so, how big of a part is that of your repertoire? There are a very few songs I could use a bigsby on but I have found other ways to simulate the vibrato sound such as bending the strings behind the nut while holding chords and using finger vibrato.

    A bigsby will introduce some bits of complexity such as difficult string changes, possible tuning issues, extra expense, etc.

    Consider as many factors as you can before making the jump to a bigsby. perhaps you don't really need one or perhaps it is something worthwhile. Only you can make that decision.
     
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    Yeah, me too. Looks bloody awesome!!

    I'm interested to see if you go with the Bigsby. I'm thinking of grabbing one on sale here atm for a decent price for a future project.
     
  13. crazy_aussie

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    Made a decision about bridge/Bigsby. I've got a shorty top loader bridge (Wilkinson) in my spares box so am going to use that and for the meantime, no Bigsby. If I decide to add the Bigsby later I can notch out the back of the bridge, kinda like this......

    Modified bridge.jpg
     
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    Been spraying clear on this thing for what seems like ages.....:cool: Anyhow, I'm now happy with the finish. Just waiting the usual 7-10 days (weather dependent) till final 1000/1500/2000 sanding and polishing. In the meantime I've shielded all the cavities. Since the photo I've also soldered a lead to the shield that'll be connected to ground. Am planning on also shielding the T-Armonds when they arrive (today!).

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    Getting near the end now. The T-Armond pickups arrived today and I must say the quality of manufacture is right up there with TV Jones usual high standard. So I've loaded the pickguard as you'll see in photo 1 below.

    One slight change of plan though. I was going to shield the pups myself but the way they've been made it already done! See picture 2. Just waiting for the clear coat to harden so I can give it a final fine sand/polish then assemble this thing and see if it sounds as good as I hope it will!! tele pickguard front.jpg tele pickguard back.jpg
     
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    Definitely use some of that copper tape on the underside of that huge pickguard to ground it or you’re going to hear the static noises through your amp. I usually run a tab out of the pup cavity to a screw hole and a similar tab is done on the pickguard so they mate when the pickguard is screwed down and connection is made.

    I listened to those pups on YT. They sound really sweet. Are you going to give us a demo?
    Rob
     
  17. crazy_aussie

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    OK, build is complete but I seem to have an electronics problem....no sound from either PUP. I've checked and rechecked the wiring and cant find any faults. I get the usual sound when plugging in the amp lead, indicating that at least an earth connection is made but nothing from either the neck of bridge pups. Only 2 possibilities I can think of - switch or jack. Changed out the jack and still no go so I'm presuming it'll be a dud switch. Ordered a new one today so I hope that fixes things. Any other ideas out there?
     
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    The switch is easy to test with a multi meter or bypass it by jumping the wires together.

    Why don't you post a good close up detail picture or two of the wiring at the pots & switch.
     
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  19. crazy_aussie

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    Well here's the finished product. I went through the wiring with a fine tooth comb and found a dud solder joint on the output jack. That fixed this thing is now alive! Beautiful tomes from the T-Armonds - I'll do a short recording and post it in the near future.
    Tele completed.jpg
     
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    @crazy_aussie welcome back. I too live in Adelaide and that is a mean guitar-could you start a conversation with me and let me know about those pickups? Tonetele:)
     
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