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Tele-phone Ratrod Guitar

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by jn60243, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. jn60243

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    I wanted to know if I could take a cheap a%@ guitar and turn it into something more. I wanted to build a real rat guitar because I love rat rods. The main criterion was that it had a good neck that felt good to play. I started with a late 90's Epiphone T-310 and ripped it apart. I kind of liked the goofy Explorer-style headstock. I added a Fender 51 Nocaster neck pickup and a Seymour Duncan vintage stacked humbucker in the bridge position. I replaced all the controls and added a push-pull volume control to split the humbucker. Then added brass saddles and Grover Rotomatic mini locking tuners. I reliced all the hardware with muriatic acid and replaced the pickguard with an Indian motorcycle sign. I sanded the white body and finished it with red primer and then Krylon semi-gloss black. I wet sanded the heck out of it until it had a great gloss finish and the primer started showing through. I also sanded the neck and fretboard to take off the high gloss finish. The end result plays and sounds great. I call it The Chief.
     

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  2. Suttykins

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    Damn, that thing is ugly! I love it!
     
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    That's cool, I love it.:cool:
     
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    bad ass! nice job on that!
     
  7. jn60243

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    Yes, I agree. It's hideous.
     
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    Cool, nice job!
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    awesome, love that indian stuff.
     
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    Very rat rod like in all of the good ways. Congrats on a great job!
     
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    Badabing Friend of Leo's

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    I was so in love with that guitar until I saw the headstock!
     
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    Thanks for the comments. Yeah, the headstock put me off at first, but it's starting to grow on me. What was Gibson thinking? Later, they switched to more of a batwing shape. Not sure which one is worse. I'm tempted to try this again since I had a great time building this, but every additional guitar pushes another one farther back in the closet. I can't seem to part with any of them.
     
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