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"Project" guitar is done and it turned out AWESOME!

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by brobar, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. brobar

    brobar Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2017
    So I have two different Classic Vibe teles. My 50's butterscotch blonde was so awesome out of the box I have decided to leave it bone stock. My 60's Custom was equally great, but it was missing something. I decided to turn it into a project guitar. So I went with all new internals, pots, switches, wires, etc... and installed an ObsidianWire Custom 4-way kit. I also replaced the stock pickups with a Cavalier Nashville Lion and Lion King set. Love those pups! All three standard positions are great but that 4th position with Neck and Bridge in Series just gives it a whole new dimension. I preferred the brass saddles that are on my 50's BSB so I installed a set on the 60's Custom but it lost some of that spank I like on the low E & A... so I replaced that saddle with an aluminum one which brought the spank back. It pairs well with the other two brass saddles. Getting the guitar used (though it was only a week old) allowed me to do all of those upgrades and come out about only $30 more than the price of the 60's Custom new so I'm very happy about that.

    I had Daniel Silva of Crazy Heart Leather do a custom pickguard for me in memory of my daughter, Arya, who passed a little over 3 years ago at only 5 months old. She had an undetected heart defect known as dilated cardiomyopathy. Essentially her heart was three times the size of normal and ultimately gave out. I thought it was a great way to honor her memory and I'll be thinking of her every time I pick up this guitar and play it.

    I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. It sounds as good as it looks and it looks as good as it sounds.


    05_small.jpg That texture and detail is just sweet! He did such a great job!

  2. jay_mci

    jay_mci Tele-Meister

    May 2, 2010
    Looks great I'm sure it sounds just as good.
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  3. sammy123

    sammy123 Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    Jul 25, 2011
    Wow that looks really nice! I bet it sounds good too.
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  4. rockymtnguitar

    rockymtnguitar Tele-Meister

    Aug 30, 2012
    Colorado Springs, CO
    That guitar is gorgeous and the tribute to your daughter is very touching. What a wonderful idea!
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  5. speedingjet

    speedingjet Tele-Meister

    WOW! That is beautiful.
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  6. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Awesome guitar! Sorry about your daughter's passing--a very nice tribute.
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  7. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2006
    Raleigh, North Carolina

  8. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 8, 2008
    Coral Springs, FL
    It really came out perfect.
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  9. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Looks fantastic, and is a great tribute.
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  10. Brokenpick

    Brokenpick Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 29, 2008
    Beautiful work on that pickguard!
    Really goes with that tele.
    And with Rob's pickups in it?? You're all set!
    NICE project!
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  11. Telecentric

    Telecentric Tele-Meister

    Nov 23, 2016
    Boulder Creek, Ca
    Looks awesome!

    Just wondering about the E/A saddle. Any reason it is different?
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  12. brobar

    brobar Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2017
    Thanks everyone!

    Yeah. I preferred the brass saddles that are on my 50's CV BSB so I swapped the steel saddles on this one with a set of compensated brass ones. It made the difference I wanted and cut back some of that sterile brightness I was getting with the steel. Brought in some nice warm(er) tone, but in the process it lost a lot of that spank I like on the lower E-A strings. It warmed them up TOO much. So I replaced that brass saddle with an aluminum compensated one and it brought back much of that snap that went missing with the brass. So it is kind of the best of both worlds. I get a noticeably warmer tone on the other 4 strings, but the aluminum saddle brings some of the brightness back on the E-A so they don't get too muddy. They all pair nicely and play well together.
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  13. MA6200

    MA6200 Tele-Meister

    May 12, 2017
    A lovely tribute. It looks great too. The size, color, and angle of the heart and wings are perfect.
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  14. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx

  15. brobar

    brobar Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2017
    Thanks all. I normally keep my electrics in a case and then I have a wall of acoustics. The Mrs likes it so much she says "it's too pretty to keep in a case... will you please put it up on the wall so I can see it?" Of course I will.

    That guard just goes so well with the sunburst and that dark rosewood fretboard. Now that it is displayed in the open, I find myself stopping and admiring it and thinking of my little Punks when I walk down through the hall.
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  16. richtone

    richtone TDPRI Member

    Gorgeous! The pickguard is stunning, what a beautiful tribute to your daughter.
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  17. the_lyall

    the_lyall Telepathetic Ad Free + Supporter

    Jan 15, 2017
    Bedford, UK
    That's the most beautiful sunburst guitar I've ever seen! The colours in that pickguard (which is stunning by itself!) really sets off the rest and completes the whole thing perfectly. I like a black pickguard with sunburst but always thought they were missing something. Yours definitely isn't missing anything!

    Like @richtone said, a beautiful tribute to your daughter, and I'm sure one you will treasure for the foreseeable future.

    Nice job :)
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  18. o'Romany

    o'Romany TDPRI Member

    Feb 3, 2015
    Woah! That pick guard is brilliant, having worked in palliative care (inc. paediatrics) for more years than I care to think about all I can say is what a lovely, lovely tribute to your daughter. Top job. Can fully understand why your wife wants it on the wall and rightly so, you are right to be properly proud of yourself.

    I also have a CVC that I've swapped p/ups (Oil City), all electrics, Kluson tuners, new pick guard, aluminium E/A, brass saddles the rest, like yourself, and I fully agree, what a guitar.

    One's demise is inevitable but unknown, therefore have told both of my sons who's getting which guitar once I expire, they're happy, the youngest gets the CVC Tele, the oldest the JV Strat. It's good to know that they'll have a part of me to hang on the wall/flog in the need of quick cash to get out of a corner...

    Top respect for your memorial to your daughter.
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  19. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    I love it when something like this finally works out so well. That is a stunner.
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  20. Cheap Trills

    Cheap Trills Tele-Meister

    May 11, 2016
    Brooklyn, NY
    That pickguard is absolutely beautiful, a great tribute.
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