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Simpson Pine Partscaster

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Mike Simpson, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. Mike Simpson

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    Here is my Pine Partscaster project. Guitar Mill Pine body, Allparts TMO-fat neck, a leather pickguard I made and some other stuff. Still deciding between Callaham or Glendale hardware. I have a set of 50's Classic pickups I may use or I might even spring for some Nocasters or Fralins. I am really happy with the quality of the Guitar Mill body.

    It is not assembled yet I just laid the parts together for the picture. Planning on a garnet shellac sealer coat and clear nitro finish.

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    One more of the body grain...
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    Here is a few of making the pickguard. I used a Fender guard as a template.

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    Here is the pattern traced on and the outline cut made.

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    Edge beveler done
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    This shot has most of the tooling done, it's not completely dry and there are a few finishing touches to add before I add the dye and finish.... probably an antique coffee brown.

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  5. Pete Galati

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    I love that pickguard.
     
  6. The String King

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    Lovely grain in that body! I also love the pickguard. Is working leather a hobby of yours?
     
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    Thanks, I wanted a pickguard that was not completely tooled that still had some blank space. I have not done any leather work before. When my dad passed away in 92 he left me a 30 pc set of the tools, the hammer and the marble slab to tool on. I did a couple of test pieces and read a few articles and jumped in... It's kinda fun, I will probably make a matching strap too.
     
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    it's lookin' killer already, can't wait to see it completed & hear it Twangin' !
     
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    Looks very nice, love that pickguard!
     
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    Mike, outstanding job!!

    I have a Guitar Mill pine body in Fender Blonde gassing off in my garage right now and a leather basketweave pickguard from Doug Halliday at LAYLI for it.

    Keep us posted on your progress!
     
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    Very nice work.

    Thanks for the inspiration. I wanted to make a leather pickguard for a while, and you re-installed the idea in my head...

    Good timing because this week I have to go get some stain for a leather bracelet I am making for my wife. I will check for some leather at the same time :twisted:

    I also like that you didn't fill the entire PG with the design. That's the way I like them.

    Gilles
     
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    Wow, that looks amazing! The leather goes really well with the pine grain, methinks...

    it would be nice to have a pictorial explaining the tools and techniques a bit of that leather pg making....

    Cheers
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    Yesterday, I talked to the guy who made the leather guitar cover for the tribute Elvis artist from the Elvis Story here in Quebec.

    He showed me how he did it when I asked him about leather PGs for the Tele...

    Very interesting talk. That's where I buy my leather and I showed him what I wanted to do. He is waiting for the kind of leather that I wanted to buy for a leather PG, but I think a separate thread could be needed on this subject...

    A leather guitar cover could also be a nice project ;)

    For now, some info on leather is there

    http://www.leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?act=idx

    http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/index.asp

    Gilles
     
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    What a great project. The grain on that body is very nice and I love, Love, LOVE the pickguard.
     
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    WOW! That's really special, terrific looking project.
    Can't wait for more!

    Good luck with your projects!
     
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    Wow...the Pickguard looks amazing. Good job!!!
     
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    Mike,

    WOW that guitar has some amazing grain bro!!
    And like everyone else says, I LOVE that guard. Outstanding.

    Arte can't wait to see your new Piner too bro.
     
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    I want that guitar!!!!!! :twisted:
     
  19. Mike Simpson

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    Thanks to all for the kind comments on the pickguard. I am very happy with the Guitar Mill body grain. I told them that it would be finished in an amber clear and I didn't mind waiting for a clear piece, they did a beautiful job book matching the grain on this 2 piece body. I will post some more pics as I get the finish and the hardware on. I'm planning on a garnet shellac sealer coat and clear nitro finish on the wood and probably an antique coffee brown on the pickguard. I thought about tooling a Bee on the pickguard but I will probably just leave it alone.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Arlo my bro, make sure you get some video of the gig this week in Limeyland and post it up here on the page!! :twisted:

    Sorry for hijack Big Mike!
     
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    Here's my tooled leather and pine tele.

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    BTW Big Mike did you buy a Jerry Jones guitar from me a long time ago (maybe a turquoise 3 pickup one??)
     
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