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Refurbed an old cheapie.

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by teleforumnoob, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. teleforumnoob

    teleforumnoob Tele-Afflicted

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    59
    May 25, 2010
    North Alabama
    A Rouge Tele I got 15 yrs ago, was my first dip in the Teleish waters. I think I paid $90 for it used w a gig bag. I always liked the neck, tho its certainly nothing special. It's a toploader, was creme with a b/w/b guard, and pretty generic and somewhat microphonic cheap tele pickups. Over the yrs I put on some better tuners and reshaped the headstock a bit.
    Last week I painted it pink Krylon, and put on a new bridge and GFS lipstick tube pickups. A different sound for sure. Extremely twangy with a nice bark-like growl with the Bassman cranked to light breakup. I have no idea what I'll use it for, but it sounds pretty darn good clean up to mild breakup thru the Bassman, esp with open cowboy chords a jangling. I may raise the action and try some slide on it. Definately think some Surf will sound good with some reverb, plan to pick up an FRV 1 for the Bassman anyway.

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    I accidently sanded thru the thin Krylon at the belly cut, but decided to leave it for historical purposes :).
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    Heres a closer look at the bridge and pickups. The Wilkerson plate lined up perfectly with the old outside holes, but wasnt quite long enough, hence the small gap.
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  2. Bentley

    Bentley Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2012
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  3. Tezuka27

    Tezuka27 Tele-Meister

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    Apr 11, 2011
    Eastern Iowa
    Man, I was thinking pink would not be good, but this doesn't look bad at all.

    john
     
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  5. sjohnbruton

    sjohnbruton Tele-Holic

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    Aug 13, 2009
    Mobile, AL
    Nice job.

    I have a pink refinish I'm my future, too. My 14 yr old daughter wants a pink to purple sunburst sparkle....

    Btw - are those GFS lipstick pups? I bought on for a build last year that did not line up with a Fender or StewMac bridge plate. Yours look like they fit great. Just wondering.
     
  6. teleforumnoob

    teleforumnoob Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    59
    May 25, 2010
    North Alabama
    Yes they are GFS. Havnt spent a lot of time with em yet, but they seem very similar to those in the old Silvertone I had for a while. But I dunno, that was 30 yrs ago. The Tele bridge style one fit the Wilkinson perfectly. The strat sized neck one was a little big for the route. Had to grind out the route with my dremel. But thats fairly common on Tele bodies I think. The standard tele neck pickup is a good bit smaller than a strat sized pickup.
     
  7. TotallyReptiles

    TotallyReptiles Tele-Meister

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    Jan 23, 2013
    Gainesville, GA
    Awesome job. Cant wait to see the pink to purple sunburst sparkle.
     
  8. tvvoodoo

    tvvoodoo Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 11, 2010
    Western Canada
    That krylon looks really great. Congrats!
     
  9. teleforumnoob

    teleforumnoob Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    59
    May 25, 2010
    North Alabama
    Thanks. It's a little tricky to work with. You cant just patch up a mistake, its dosn't melt into itself like laquer. If you screw up or sand thru, you gotta do a whole nother coat. I doubt Id try it on something expensive, but for polishing this old turd it was a fun project that turned out ok I think. If you try it, warm up the can and go slow. Mist it on and let the paint set up 5-10 min between applications. You can get some really nice colors of this stuff for cheap, around $5 a can at Wally World. This color was called Ballet Slipper. I chose the satin cause I figured gloss would show my screw ups more, plus I wanted an older, softer look. I dint bother to clear coat it. I just used some McGuires and polishing pad on my hand drill.
     
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