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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by expat701, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. expat701

    expat701 Tele-Meister

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    I was looking at Hahn model 228 on his web site. I noticed he's done a few that are two tone: one colour on the bottom and sides and another colour on top. I was thinking how cool it looked and later stubbled across this pic of a 1950s car. It's surf green on the bonnet and sides and seafoam green on the bottom. I was wondering how this would look on a Tele, seafoam green on the bottom and sides with surf green on top? Or copy the car completely and do seafoam top and bottom and surf around the sides (or the reverse). You could do something with binding (real or faux) to separate the colours. Has anyone attempted such a thing?

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    Vintagebrit Tele-Holic

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    Or you could do like they do on the 2 tone sunburst and have it fading out to the sides. A white pearlescent pickguard would finish it off.
     
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    That's a great looking two tone '55 Ford, too. I've never seen a left hand drive one, before. I can't quite make out the name on the side - was it also called the Fairlane in Australia?
     
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  5. expat701

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    When I was growing up in Australia the Fairlane was the up-market model of a Ford family car (called a Falcon).

    I've done more research and it seems Fender Custom Shop did their own 2-tone versions of a Tele. Here's some pics:
     

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    Sweet 2 tone guitars. What models are they and when were they produced.
     
  7. stephent2

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    I've been doing twotones for awhile now, usually w/ natural back and sides but the daphne blue/white guitar was inspired by a '58 Cadillac.

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    That Daphne Blue one makes my knees weak. I'd love something like that light in weight and not a thinline. Oh, and a Nocaster neck.

    Man it looks sweet. Has to be the nicest looking thinline I've ever seen (I don't usually like them). Great job.
     
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    The car looks great! As does the green tele.

    There are some awesome paint jobs on some old fords and Holdens in the motor museum at mount Panorama that got me wondering about doing something slightly outrageous with the paint on a guitar.
    I've always been a fan of gulf livery, I think that would look great on a guitar.

    More to the point, don't over think it, just do it Wayne, you know you want to!
     
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    I just contacted Danny Hines about doing a 2 tone tele. It is an ash top bound body and I was thinking Lake Placid Blue for the top and natural back and sides. Never seen one like that and thought it would look sweet.
     
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    Stephent2 those are some very beautiful guitars you've got there. It's a good few years since something has tempted me so badly, they're really stunning!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words, here's another recent two tone.

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    Absolutely briliant! Nobody done a Les Paul Goldtop finish? ie gold on top, dark wood on sides and back?
     
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    praise where it's due, they look immaculate, if I wasn't so poor I'd snap one up without second thought!
     
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    Brilliant!
     
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    Lovely guitars stephen2,they look good enough to eat. Respect.
     
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    Fender CS indeed did a run of them and they were called "Two Tone Tele" on the COA.

    Here's mine (Shell Pink on Burgundy Mist)

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  18. expat701

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    I'm getting right into this.

    Question... two colours, one light and one dark, should the lighter colour go on the top or should it be used on the back and sides?

    How do you go about picking two colours to use? Perhaps to be safe stay safe you'd pick two colours in the greens, or the blues or the reds. There are so many options.

    Perhaps Gretsch might be good for inspiration. They do a lot of two tone models.
     
  19. stephent2

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    I think you're safe if you stick w/ fender colors. I'm doing a burgundy mist metallic that looks pretty nice (natural B&S),..

    How about burgundy MM and LP blue! or LP Blue and MK white!
     
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    Wow those two tones are fantastic. Classy.

    Like how a tele gets dressed to go dancing or something.
     
  21. expat701

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    When you say natural back and sides, do you spray it straight clear coat or do you tint it to a vintage/aged clear colour?
     
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