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The Iceman Returneth (The rebirth of a Baja)

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Bones, Jan 27, 2018.

  1. whoanelly15

    whoanelly15 Tele-Meister

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    Aug 30, 2017
    USA
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    “I’ll hang on to mine, Bones, but your’s is better lookin.”
     
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  2. mtown

    mtown Tele-Meister

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    Jun 2, 2011
    Fenton, MO
    Really cool. Good job!
     

  3. Old Tele Hack

    Old Tele Hack Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Mar 31, 2017
    Virginia
    I hear ya - before I bought the Elite - I came real close to just building my own from a gorgeous flame-maple top Warmoth body, but Sweetwater's 0% swayed me towards the Elite. After playing the '52 though? I want ALL my Tele's to sound like that - if ya get a chance - I'd love to hear a sound clip of what the pretty guitar you've put together sounds like!
     
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  4. jonnyfez

    jonnyfez Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Nov 14, 2003
    Kittery, Maine
    That is some psychedelic grain. Gorgeous. The fact that Fender hid that under a thick layer of poly is a crime. Nice job!
     

  5. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    I secretly hope that people all over the world are stripping down their Bajas and finding something nice under all the goop. :)
     
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  6. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY

  7. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

    Look whatcha did, Bones!!!!;-)

    My Baja took another ding, and I decided to take the plunge.

    Borrowed craft heat gun, razor blade and sharp wide chisel, plus a single coat of thin varnish.

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    I reckon about 3/4lb of poly finish came off mine, and some parts were stuck on way tighter than others.
     
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  8. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    :cool: Cool, looks great
     

  9. Mechanic

    Mechanic Tele-Afflicted

    Darn you Bones! The price of Bajas just went up.
     

  10. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

    I reckon I've just rendered mine "unsale-able". Which is a good job because;-

    a) Too me it looks, feels and plays better.
    b) I like it so much anyway, it would have always been the last out of the door, if I was forced to.
     

  11. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    That ding is by far the best thing that ever happened to that tele!!!
     

  12. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    Just out of curiosity, how many pieces is you body, it's hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like 3 or 4? Also, have you considered a white pickguard? The black looks awesome, but something about the white on the natural ash really makes it pop, it was all the rage in the 70s to strip teles to show off the grain and put then pt white pickguards on them.
     

  13. Mechanic

    Mechanic Tele-Afflicted

    Hummm! I wonder what’s under the poly of my Squier Std????
     

  14. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

    It used to wear a white 3 ply when it had its original finish sometimes, I might just give it a try.
     

  15. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
    Alder probably. Between four and 6 pieces probably.
     

  16. tele12

    tele12 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 2, 2006
    NY
    ....comments....
    Wow!
    Fantastic!
    Looks great!
    Nice work!
     

  17. MrHamburger

    MrHamburger Tele-Meister

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    Jun 24, 2014
    Portlandia
    I just need to swap necks between these two, get one of them fancy covers & buy a white guard to join the club.
    I haven’t decided if I like the Baja neck yet.
     

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  18. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2007
    Chicagoland
    How did I miss this?!
    This is the coolest Telecaster I have seen on this forum!

    Big Albert fan here too.

    Really tempting me to strip one of my '52 RIs.
     
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  19. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    Thanks it was a lot of fun, routing the binding channels turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. I'll never be able to play like Albert, but it makes me happy to see a guitar that reminds me of him every day.


    And of course I have a Quad Reverb to go with it.

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    And an AC style Esquire as well.
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  20. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2007
    Chicagoland
    You're welcome. Those look so cool!
    I have that same Titan's of the Telecaster GP magazine. I got that in high school when my tele disease really got bad.

    Do you know anything about Albert's early guitars? Maybe its the same tele but it looks like it has a rosewood strat neck on it.
     

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