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Two parts '54 Precision, One part Thunderbird

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

  1. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    While I’m waiting on more cans of nitro clear and pickguard material to arrive, here’s an exclusive sneak peek of the test piece for my next build:

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  2. stringsthings

    stringsthings TDPRI Member

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    That bass is coming along nicely.
     
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  3. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Thank you!
     

  4. ModerneGuy

    ModerneGuy Tele-Holic

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    Mar 9, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Ok, I need to know what kind of filler you’re using. I’ve been putting off doing a dog hair finish on an otherwise built two years ago guitar. Are you happy with it ? Is that just a thin coat of black underneath? Cheers
     
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  5. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Yep, it’s just a very thin coat of black, followed by a water-based clear grain filler, with some gold embossing powder mixed in. Shellac over the top.

    I’m not 100% satisfied with it, I wanted to see more of the grain filler, so I’m gonna keep experimenting with different techniques
     
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  6. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    Try drywall putty. It's white and water based.
     
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  7. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Today I have a butterfly hanging out with me. For whatever reason this buddy decided to hang in my carport so I’m cool with it.

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    The humidity is gonna be too high to do any more clear coat this week so I decided to tackle the pickguard.

    Here’s what I’m starting with - it’s the stewmac single ply white material.

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  8. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Close enough...I’ll clean it up on my BRAND NEW ROUTER TABLE later on

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    For now, I gotta run to the studio. We start mixing the new album today!
     

  9. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Ok gang sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been busy lately learning how to drive this thing:

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    And also sort of fighting with some mental health issues that makes it difficult to keep up momentum on guitar builds. If you’re struggling, go talk to somebody. Therapy does wonders.

    Anyway, back to what I’ve been calling THE P-BIRD.

    Time to start getting it together.

    I’m pretty sure the last coats of clear are cured hard enough to sand, but first, I need to get the neck pocket and holes sorted out, and get the bridge located.

    First step - getting the hole locations from a friend’s ‘78 Precision that’s at my house for some repairs/upgrades.

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    Holes marked in the pocket

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    Felt good to write the number and date in the pocket. MUSICO is the name I’m gonna use from now on for my builds and repair business that I’m in the process of starting.
     
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  10. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Neck came in yesterday, so now it’s assembly time.

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  11. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Trimmed the guard to the neck pocket. I was really dreading this step, but after about 15 min of planning and 4 seconds with a router, here we are.

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  12. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    Well,
    Let me roll up on the side walk and take a look, yes
    Whoa!
    She's Beautiful!!
    And she looks wild,Wild, Wild!

    I love when I get to the trim the pickguard to fit pocket step.
     
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  13. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 20, 2013
    Island of Oahu
    LOve the surf green but it wants a white pearl pg. So cool!
     
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  14. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    With a rosewood board that would look great! Maybe the next one...
     

  15. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Video incoming - stand by
     
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  16. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Nov 18, 2010
    Vancouver
    Hey Loopy, I’ve been reading your build thread and enjoying every stage of the project. It really is perfect. It looks great in sea foam but wow, it sure looked great just in shellac.

    On a side note, I wanted to thank you for this photo particularly. I’ve been telling my wife that it’s an “everyday watch” but she doesn’t believe me. This photo adds weight to my case :cool:
     
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  17. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Thank you for following along and I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! I try not to think about how it looked in just shellac because I completely agree with you, hahaha.

    If you’re gonna use this as evidence, you should know it recently stopped working! It was a “for a while” watch. Luckily only set me back $40 or so, so I’m not too upset. I’ll probably go get it repaired eventually because it’s super cool. Thanks, Russia!
     
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  18. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN


    Here it is. Sorry about the lighting. The basement has temporarily become my studio.

    if you’re wondering what the songs are:
    Public Image Ltd - Poptones
    The Who - Young Man Blues, Live at Leeds, kinda
    Budgie - Breadfan
    Beastie Boys - Sabotage
     

  19. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Age:
    54
    Nov 18, 2010
    Vancouver
    Kicks ass! Great sounding amp and cabinet too.
     
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  20. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Thanks! I love that amp. The British sure do make a nice Peavey.
     
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