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Two parts '54 Precision, One part Thunderbird

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by loopy reed, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    Sad to see that quartersawn body covered up.
     
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  2. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Yeah me too, a little, but I’m really digging this color. I can always build another!
     
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  3. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Probably the best weather I’m gonna get for spraying clear coat here in Nashville.

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  4. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Starting to get shiny!

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  5. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    That looks fantastic!! I love the color.
     
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  6. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    That color looks so good I can almost forget how beautiful this looked in nothing but shellac.
    Nice work!
     
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  7. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Austin, Tx
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  8. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    Is it loud yet?
     
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  9. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Not quite...
     

  10. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Got the pickup rings in so I can start working on a pickguard design.

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    The pickguard has to be different than the standard ‘54 style for a few reasons:
    1. This one has a much bigger round over than a ‘54
    2. Different pickups that require more room
    3. There is no control plate, like a ‘54

    So I’m gonna see what I can come up with, taking these things in consideration, but still preserving the look of the ‘54 P pickguard
     

  11. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I think I like this. I’m thinking about smoothing out that notch on the bass side of the neck pickup

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  12. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Ok I think I’ve come up with two that look good on this bass.

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    1 follows the classic 54 style a little closer, makes the Thunderbird pickups kinda look like an afterthought. But in a cool punky way.

    2 integrates the pickups into the design and still keeps the 54 style, but looks a lot more modern overall. Maybe too modern?

    Submitted to the future owner for approval.
     
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  13. Hallo Spencer

    Hallo Spencer TDPRI Member

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    Apr 13, 2011
    berlin
    Both look good but the second integrates a lot better in the overall look of the bass. Great build!
     
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  14. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I think so too, and thank you! My friend picked out design 2, which makes me very happy. I’ll start working on the template for it soon, hopefully today.
     

  15. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    I like the D better than the B.
     

  16. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    I think you lost me on this one.
     

  17. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

    LOL, well, it seems the bit of the pick guard that is to the right of the neck pickup route resembles a certain anatomical feature profile that is usually classified by a letter...... I really do like the design!
     

  18. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    lol that took me a minute
     

  19. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Fits the pickup ring pretty well...

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  20. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    And here we are. I’m leaving the neck pocket part blank for now. My plan is to trim it flush with the pocket on the body after the rest of it is done, so I can be sure there aren’t any weird gaps.

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