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  1. CustFan

    What's on your workbench today?

    Not quite a full week to cure before stringing up, but the headstock glue up resulted in a nice strong repair which I'm happy with. The earlier posts showed that there were some fragments of the wood missing in a few parts of the break. These I filled with wood filler and then made a very quick...
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    What's on your workbench today?

    I had some old Evostik wood glue in the garage (similar to Titebond, but here in the UK) and did a strength test to check it was good (as per a StewMac video I'd seen; sticking 2 pieces of wood together and then breaking – the wood failed and not the glue joint). After ensuring the pieces mated...
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    What's on your workbench today?

    Trawling FleaBay the other day I spotted a damaged Acoustic guitar that was up for auction with a 'Kingman' gig bag (typo – should have been Kinsman). I thought 'I need a gig bag for my Sigma dreadnought' that I'd bought last year so I took a look: Oh dear, a broken headstock..... 'Manhattan'...
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    Talk me into vintage 6 saddle bridges, or out of 3 barrel ones

    FWIW I've had both good and bad experiences. My 1978 Custom has the original six saddle ashtray bridge. It intonates well and there are absolutely no issues, and the tone from it is open and uninhibited. I bought a Fender (re-issue?) 6 saddle ashtray bridge which I fitted to a MIM 72 Custom...
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    New Issue Vintera 70s Telecaster Deluxe- Please suggest tuner replacements.

    This probably doesn't help much, but in the interests of accuracy the F style tuners were not the original fit on the Tele Deluxe model - they came with a die-cast tuner (see below): Regarding alternatives for the F style tuners, I believe that Schaller make a drop in set - but cannot confirm...
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    Tokai Breezysound repair/restoration

    The owner has to be pleased with the results..... it really does look great. Thanks for all the detail in this thread - very interesting. I've played a few Tokai Breezysounds in shops before and found them to be very good. I also remember going to see John Martyn in Cheltenham back in 1982 or...
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    My 25 year old Affinity Tele (with lots of pictures!)

    I appreciate your comments James, thankyou. I'm really loving the neck - it has a nice chunky feel, and the conversion to 7.25" radius on the board just makes it so much more familiar - all my other Teles have that radius with the exception of my Baja. I suppose I'm a bit of a traditionalist...
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    My 25 year old Affinity Tele (with lots of pictures!)

    Well thanks Vanr - it was a guitar that I bonded with from the first play in the shop and I guess all the fiddling has just served to make that bonding grow stronger.
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    Tokai Breezysound repair/restoration

    Looking spectacularly good. Cannot wait for the final assembly...
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    Whilst in Spain...... Fiduea de Marisco !instead of Paella

    Hi El Marin. The legs go into the fumet (you may notice they're no longer attached!), but I leave the heads on for show more than anything. It was tasty thanks, and was washed down with some Estrella Levante which just added to the whole pleasurable experience.
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    NGD: Squier VM 72 Telecaster Thinline 3TSB

    Great looking guitar. Glad you're liking the pick-ups - the WRHB's are not to everyone's taste. I have a natural Ash MIM Thinline that doesn't get enough playing time for such a great guitar.
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    Tokai Breezysound repair/restoration

    That Squier has come up just fine. And the Tokai is looking really good. It's very rewarding when you can work on a guitar and get such great results. Looking forward to seeing the Tokai before it's returned.
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    Whilst in Spain...... Fiduea de Marisco !instead of Paella

    Thanks Mojo Trwall. Ditto for my response to Killing Floor above. The richness of human cuisine in general is testament to the fact that we travel and learn and adopt. I think of Paella as a Valencian dish, but maybe it has been sort of adopted as a national dish in Spain (for the tourists...
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    Whilst in Spain...... Fiduea de Marisco !instead of Paella

    Couldn't agree more - we need to try new things or we never move forward. I sometimes fall on the side of the traditionalist, but also can easily find I like modern takes on older recipies. Variety is the spice of life as they say. FWIW I find I just love to try food from all over the world -...
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    Whilst in Spain...... Fiduea de Marisco !instead of Paella

    Ha, ha! Love the thought of the Bad Dog Cafe being policed to check the veracity of the recipe. Clearly it was in the case of the Paella thread. Thought I'd get away with it for the Fiduea de Marisco - especially if I didn't give any details.
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    Whilst in Spain...... Fiduea de Marisco !instead of Paella

    Saw a recent thread about Paella, which started off talking about the ingredients which unfortunately included Chorizo! This bastardised form of the dish probably has it's roots courtesy of Jamie Oliver and the like. I remember that fellow member @El Marin chimed in with some very helpful advice...
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    My 25 year old Affinity Tele (with lots of pictures!)

    Thanks Runstendt, it's been nice re-acquainting myself with it after such a long break....
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    My 25 year old Affinity Tele (with lots of pictures!)

    Thanks Steve, it's been a bit of a journey with this one!
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    My 25 year old Affinity Tele (with lots of pictures!)

    Glad you like it Tone Quest. I'll be trying to keep up with the TLC! I'm looking forward to having some free time to play it too....
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    My 25 year old Affinity Tele (with lots of pictures!)

    Thanks Bongoslade! These older Squiers can be a great platform for a nice playing and sounding guitar.
  21. CustFan

    My 25 year old Affinity Tele (with lots of pictures!)

    Lock-down over the last two years has restricted my movements somewhat, meaning I have not been able to travel to my beach retreat in La Manga (in Spain) until this year. During a visit in Easter I discovered my old Squier Affinity Tele was in need of some TLC! It's an enigma in that it has no...
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    Squier Classic Vibe 70s Custom Tele

    Fender now remakes the WRHB to the original specs (CuNiFe magnets, correct coil size etc.) if you're interested. Great pick-ups that do sound just like the originals (that are apparently hated by all)! The Tele Custom is an excellent, versatile guitar IMHO.
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    1997 Affinity (MIC, Yako Factory)

    I bought one of these in late 1998, new, as my first Squier Tele. A great guitar and one I still have and enjoy playing. It is a bit of an oddity in that it doesn't have a serial number on it anywhere. I'm convinced it's from the Yako factory as a friend has one with the YN.... serial on the...
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    Break-up songs

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    Status Quo - (April) Spring, Summer And Wednesdays (1970)

    Thanks for sharing. I discovered this many years ago on YouTube too. A great track off the 'Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon' album, on their way transitioning from a pop band to a rock band....




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