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Simpson Pine Partscaster

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

  1. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    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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  2. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    One more of the body grain...
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  3. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    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

    Pete Galati R.I.P.

    Mar 25, 2006
    I love that pickguard.
     
  6. The String King

    The String King Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 6, 2006
    England.
    Lovely grain in that body! I also love the pickguard. Is working leather a hobby of yours?
     
  7. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    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.
     
  8. maestrovert

    maestrovert Poster Extraordinaire

    it's lookin' killer already, can't wait to see it completed & hear it Twangin' !
     
  9. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 21, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    Looks very nice, love that pickguard!
     
  10. Home Grown Tele

    Home Grown Tele Tele-Holic

    Age:
    66
    894
    Aug 21, 2006
    The Queens
    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!
     
  11. gtech

    gtech Friend of Leo's

    Jan 4, 2007
    Quebec, Canada
    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
     
  12. japasul

    japasul Tele-Meister

    377
    May 16, 2007
    Porto Alegre - Brazil
    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
    André Ripoll
     
  13. gtech

    gtech Friend of Leo's

    Jan 4, 2007
    Quebec, Canada
    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
     
  14. jaydawg

    jaydawg Tele-Holic

    874
    Jun 26, 2006
    York, ME
    What a great project. The grain on that body is very nice and I love, Love, LOVE the pickguard.
     
  15. ThreePlyGuy

    ThreePlyGuy Friend of Leo's

    WOW! That's really special, terrific looking project.
    Can't wait for more!

    Good luck with your projects!
     
  16. Lostheart

    Lostheart Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 26, 2005
    Germany
    Wow...the Pickguard looks amazing. Good job!!!
     
  17. Arlo

    Arlo Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    58
    Jul 22, 2006
    Upta Camp
    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.
     
  18. Stefan

    Stefan Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 16, 2005
    Sweden
    I want that guitar!!!!!! :twisted:
     
  19. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    60
    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    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.
     
  20. Home Grown Tele

    Home Grown Tele Tele-Holic

    Age:
    66
    894
    Aug 21, 2006
    The Queens
    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!
     
  21. JohnnyAtomic

    JohnnyAtomic Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 18, 2003
    Little Rock, AR
    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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