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Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Mike Simpson, Aug 12, 2007.
here's how I keep the edges from rolling. Nails, lots of nails.
Wow, Mike, that is a real beauty! Nice leather work too.
WOW .. SUPERB !!
Congratulations, very good work.
Love that pickguard Johnny!!
i cannot get enough of that guitar, i want it
That looks awesome !. I was just hinting around google seeing if i was the only one using pine !. I didnt realize the old telecasters were made of pine . I just recently made a new body for my Ibanez out of pine, imo it sounds absoulutely brilliant !.
Im no where near the craftsman you guys are , but check it out if you like
..Again , great job on that telecaster. Those leather scratchplates are realy nice too ! , gee i love the whole guitar , nice job , congrats
Thanks again for the guidance, Mike.
I've got a bunch of ash and alder bodies drying in various stages of preparedness.
I think the shellac is a superb choice for any type of pine or coniferous guitar wood; it is exceptionally well suited to contain any resins present in that wood.
I ended up simply 'washing' the hardwood bodies twice with unwaxed shellac to fill the grain as much as possible, then sanded and applied the clear nitro gloss over that. Much better leveling with the shellac under there, much less waiting with the shellac in the wood not coating it. I'll have to impart that warm glow a guitar body needs (that yours has in spades) through using tinted nitro or just enough nitro and enough time.
Very inspirational project, thanks for posting.
I love it, I want one. I have some spare leather I ripped from an old sofa, wonder if that'll work....
Well, I can see I need to be patient before making choices on my tele build. I hadn't considered finishing myself because I hate that kind of work, but how in the heck would you explain all that to a get it in get it out finishing department at a body builder?
Stunning guitar mister
lol well this thread and another i seen does it ! i have to get a black leather gaurd !! i want something along the line of big mikes but black who can make it for me and how much ??
here is mine before i got the pickups in. No finish, just five coats of tounge oil. I thought about putting some stain on but decided to go natural. I like it. I put on Don Mares pickups and they sound great.
jhogsten, That's a nice lookin' Pinecaster ya have... I like the knots.
My second Pinecaster has a small knot in it. Here is a pic of my next Pinecaster....
thats going to be a nice looking piece. I think my next one is going to be more blonde like yours and I would like to go any more rustic kind of like the way your going there. I think Ill stick with just the tounge oil. It almost looks like it has a finish on it. Im also going to build a strat. I just love the pine. Mine weighs in just under six pounds
That's a great-looking pinecaster!
Lovely grain pattern, and the leather pickguard is just right.
Good work, Mike!
Congratulations Big Mike!
That's a beautiful Telecaster - lovely woodgrain on the body and a very nice leather pickguard.
You should be proud of your work!
Schaweeeeeeeeeet Mike!! Love that Pinecaster!
Mike, that is really a tremendous job you did there. Wouldn't be surprised if your inbox fills up with "can you build me one?" inquiries.
Really fine looking Tele.
Thanks Guys, I am really happy with how it came out. I owe thanks to many TDPRI members for posting up their opinions and what worked well for them and from their experiences I picked what I wanted and tried to add a touch of my own. It is kinda hard to get a photo that shown the body well with a flash, there is a "silkyness" to the grain that looks different from different angles. I will have to try some non flash photos when I get a chance.
Arlo, did you notice the second pinecaster #2 body above, I bought #2 from "Pinemart". I was planning on an opaque Daphne blue for #2 but if the grain looks nice with a wash coat of shellac I probably will finish it an some natural amber finish too... I hate to cover up nicely grained wood.
OaklandA, You are local here (I'm in Gilbert), if you want to check it out sometime let me know or if you are playing somewhere let me know.
Man, I'm jones'n for a pine tele. Might get a glendale for xmas if things work out
Is the handle on the bigsby supposed to be a branding iron handle?