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Project thread: reclaimed parts

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by TigerG, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster TDPRI Member

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    Looks amazing! Hope she sounds as good as she looks!
     
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  2. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    The Minwax wipe-on poly yellowed the Rustoleum Ocean Mist on the headstock enough to get it really darn close to the Surf Green on the body, albeit a shade lighter

    Headstock hue comparison.jpeg
     
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  3. 2blue2

    2blue2 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    What a cool rescue/revamp.
    Man that neck has bitchin tiger striping.
    I'm loving the surf green..

    Surf Green! Yeah Baby!
     
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  4. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    I love the color too!!
     
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  5. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Do I need to get some Hawaiian shirts to wear while playing this guitar?
     
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  6. jimbo735

    jimbo735 Tele-Holic

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    Sep 19, 2011
    michigan
    Thats a LOOKER!
     
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  7. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Finally finished the finish. Sanded to 2000 then polished, now time to start putting on parts.
    Bridge goes first:

    BridgeOn.jpg

    The neck is next, stay tuned.
     
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  8. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    All set to place the neck mounting screw holes
    GettingReadyToPlaceScrews.jpg
    Screw holes drilled
    ScrewHolesDrilled.jpg


    The neck is on!
    TheNeckIsOn_Front1.jpg
    TheNeckIsOn_Back.jpg
     
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  9. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

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    I thought that neck was beyond reclaiming, just beaten to death.

    You have done an incredible job of turning it into a beautiful piece. Nice job. :)
     
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  10. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee

  11. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.

  12. Zepfan

    Zepfan Friend of Leo's

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS

  13. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Aug 14, 2015
    Nashville
    Thanks everybody. I hope to have the pickguard finished later on today.
     

  14. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    And the saga continues:

    Getting ready to cut the nut
    3_BridgeNeckStringsFrontOnBench1.jpg


    5_StartingTheNut1.jpg


    Nut is done, strings go on
    6_StrungUpFront1.jpg

    Then the bridge pickup:
    8_BridgePUIn.jpg

    Next, the pickguard,which was a bit of a challenge because the control plate placement on this body doesn't line up with the control plate cutout on a standard pickguard. I cut a practice guard out of an old vinyl LP to work out the placement, then went on ahead to the tort guard I had waiting in the wings for this process. I was able to get the control plate cutout placed just so that everything locks together like a jigsaw puzzle (and I also have a spare guard with the cool old Decca label that'll probably see duty on the body at some point):
    9_PickguardOn1.jpg



    Now for the neck pickup
    12_PickupsIn2.jpg


    The bridge pickup wasn't getting quite close enough to the strings so I made a little piece of abstract art to set under pickup ring and elevate it:
    RingAbstract.jpg


    Almost done!
     
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2017 at 1:20 PM
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  15. jazzboy

    jazzboy TDPRI Member

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  16. Minimalist518

    Minimalist518 Tele-Holic

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  17. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster TDPRI Member

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    Yes! She’s looking awesome!
     
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  18. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Meister

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    Yep, looks quite nice now it's all coming together. I was a bit dubious for awhile. :p
     
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  19. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Nashville
    Oh ye of little faith! :) Glad to hear you're becoming a convert.

    Onto the final pieces...

    Electrosocket
    13_Electrosocket.jpg

    Ferrules
    14_Ferrules.jpg

    and done!
    17_WithAmpFlash.jpg

    Hard to get a good photo that does it justice. Had to use a flash on that last one, which makes it look bluer than it really is. Maybe I'll get a chance to take some shots in good light before too long.

    After wiring it up, the bridge ground kept going out. After a number of rounds of lifting out the bridge pickup/ring to reposition the ground wire under the bridge to get a better connection, I wondered "is it a bad solder joint?" So this time I lifted the control plate and doh! found there wasn't even a solder connection at all--the wire was just hanging there not connected to anything, not even tinned. I had totally missed it--I'm not sure how the bridge had been showing continuity to ground, but it had, intermittently though it was.

    The neck is much slimmer than I'm used to, so it's interesting to play. Width-wise, it's fine, but the slimness makes me feel like I'm playing a little kiddie guitar at times. It does make for a certain ease, and I love the ebony fretboard.

    Pickup-wise, I'm starting out with a set of Lawrence Keystones.

    Her name is Tannenbaum, cuz she's pretty as a Christmas tree.
     

  20. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Meister

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    I wanna turn it around and play it Jimi Hendrix style, but that control plate would be in the way. :rolleyes:

    Looking good Tiger.
     
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