2020 Brotherhood Z

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  1. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

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    That engraving is really neat.

    Next ya got to learn to do some gun stock checkering. JustAsaying...
     
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  2. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    Well thanks to everyone for all the kind words and advice.
    Been raining a lot here so I can't get a good picture but I have been staying busy.
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    There will be lettering between the pickups, but I haven't decided exactly what just yet.

    Come to find out I'm "non-essential" so I'll have another month off.

    All the major components together weigh 8lb 5oz. I'm pretty happy with that.

    I'll be working on the smaller metal pieces now. I want to block sand a do another coat of the 2K but there won't be any sun here for a week or more.
     
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  3. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

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    Fricken amazing!
     
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  4. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    I've done several of these plates and they always wanted the whole face covered in engraving.
    I always liked the minimalist look much better myself.
    Sometimes less is more.
    I like the wide open space.
     
  5. old wrench

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    I'm in complete agreement.

    Sometimes too much of a good thing ends up just being too much ;).

    It's like the space of time between notes in a good guitar solo; without the spaces in-between, it would just be too much.


    Looks F'ing Fantastic, Tex :)!



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  6. erix

    erix Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    I had never heard of these guitars before. Yours is beautiful!
     
  7. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    Thank you.
    There's lots of interesting history with Tony Zemaitis. Worth looking up.
     
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  8. dazzaman

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    So, last night I was watching youtube, and footage of a Faces concert from 1973 popped up so I watched it. Not a stellar gig (it was, apparently, Ronnie Lane's last gig with the band), and poor overall recording quaiity for the first ten minutes, but yes, it is a great sound.

    And then I noticed that his metal front Z had six knobs on it...

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    Not sure what knob 6 does, and his replacement Z that he got for the Stones 1978 US tour only had 5. You will probably know much better than me, I am sure. I was reading that he had an onboard booster, similar (or identical to) a Dallas Rangemaster. If anything goes a long way to getting his sound it would be that. I know Brian May used one (not onboard) as part of his rig in the early days of Queen, and I think it was a big thing in the mid-70s LA scene (Lindsay Buckingham had an onboard boost with Fleetwood Mac at the time).

    I know you have started doing your finishing (albeit this would be hidden under the metal front), but if you are looking for the sound and some more weight relief, this could be worth serious consideration.
     
  9. dazzaman

    dazzaman Tele-Afflicted

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    By the way, I don't see it said anywhere - what are the two extra holes just above (or below) the volume knobs* for?

    * assuming you are following the Z layout of both volumes above the tones...
     
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  10. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    Thanks Dazzaman.
    Actually I do remember reading that this first had a battery in it. I'm going to look into this. A preamp would probably go a lot farther toward getting Ronnie's 'bark' than just the pickups alone.

    The 2 extra holes are actually screwups. I got one knob too close to the tail piece so I redrilled a bit lower. I think knobs will cover the extra holes, if not I'll drop-fill them.

    Thanks for your input
     
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  11. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    I am REALLY liking this 2K stuff!
    Yesterday I block sanded the whole thing a put most of the 2nd can on.
    Some minor orange peel texture but I'll probably only buff the face of the headstock.
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    There was a little 2k left in the can so i scuffed an old Strat body with 400 and sprayed it too.
    I know this body is covered in nitro, so it seems very compatible.
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    Ironically, this body and a bunch of Fender type parts were about to be offered up on that other giveaway thread. After realizing there was a whole guitar in there I'm rethinking that.
     
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  12. 2blue2

    2blue2 Friend of Leo's

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    Its a brotherhood build, your building brothers.
     
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    Dang, that top is looking awesome. Really starting to come together nice.
     
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    Well the by-product of this build has been a distraction since yesterday. Really not bad for a bunch of leftover parts.
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  15. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    Getting a little ahead of myself maybe, but I had to see how all this would look together.
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    I wish I'd left a little more 'yoke' just past the headstock. The whole head looks a bit stubby but there's no changing it now.
     
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    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    Looks pretty good to me!
     
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    Outstanding!

    Eric
     
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    Love that cover!
     
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    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    For a few years now I've considered myself kind of semi-retired as a guitar builder but lately I've been doing one after another.
    The 1899 SG, the Little Sister kit build, the scrap Strat and now the Brotherhood Z.
    Turns out to be probably my most productive period.
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