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Aikiguy's 2012 Challenge Build Thread -- COMPLETED

Discussion in '2012 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by aikiguy, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's

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    One of my very favorite pictures this year, you captured the moment well.

    Your guitar is awesome, love how this looks.
     
  2. Barncaster

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    LOL James!

    Yes this is the look that results from when you let design engineers write instructions for use........

    Rob
     
  3. aikiguy

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    Ok here is a friend of mine playing the guitar

    This is Rick Higgs, an amazing guitarist, that generously agreed to play a little on the new guitar so that you could all hear how it sounds in the hand of someone that plays really well.

    I may upload another video of my playing tomorrow, but I wanted to get this posted before the deadline to make sure that it was in.



    Thanks,
    Guy
     
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  4. aikiguy

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    Some Final shots

    Here are some final shots of the guitar wrapped up and a link to another video with Rick jamming out on some blues with the guitar.

    It plays like a dream.

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    Guy
     
  5. aikiguy

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    Photo for the Gallery

    I think this is the best of the lot of the photos. I would like to use this one for the gallery of finished Challenges!

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    Thanks,
    Guy
     
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  6. kwerk

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    That's a real knockout, Guy! I love the decal on the back of the neck, it goes so well with the red and the inlay. Nice work!!
     
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    Very nice, cool inlay and copper, matches up well with the red finish. Congrats on a great looking axe! :)
     
  8. aikiguy

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    Another SampleVideo

    Again thanks to Rick Higgs for the amazing playing!



    Guy
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    Hey Guy,

    The threads are open again! Time to copper plate that stuff!

    Rob
     
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    My favorite so far, great guitar & playing.
     
  11. aikiguy

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    Yes the copper plating stuff came in right after I had posted my message closing my thread.

    I am going to try to get to the copper plating on Thurday, I did a test on one of the knobs, (first I have to strip the nickle off of them), and they look great.

    So look for a little video on how the copper plating goes. It seems to work about the same as the nickle plating that I have done in the past.

    Guy
    :)
     
  12. aikiguy

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    Thanks!

    The guitar does look and sound awesome.

    I am still working on trying to figure out when to add some Bigsby to the playing. So far Ghost Riders is the only place that I can really make it fit.

    Thanks for the compliment!
    Guy
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  13. anyone

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    Very cool!
    I really dig this one.
    I wonder if all that copper helps to keep it really quiet.... the good quiet...
    There's got to be a way to rig that up into some kinda noise-canceling coil....
     
  14. aikiguy

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    It does seem quieter than my other telecasters. I noticed it when I first fired it up. I think the main reason is the copper pick guard, it acts like a lot of shielding on the front. and is grounded.

    I don't think the inlay does much, but it too is grounded because it is touching the pick guard. It could be like the flux capacitor, and if I find the right chord I could go back in time!

    Guy
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    Thanks, Clinch-

    It really is an excellent guitar. After Guy posted the videos, I told him that if I'd known he was going to bill me as "amazing", I would have asked for a couple more takes!

    Rick, aka picknfool
     
  16. Mike Simpson

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    Hey congrats Guy, we tied for 16th place this year.

    I like copper stuff too. In 2009 and 2010 I made my bridges, control plates and neck plate out of copper. In 2010 I was going to use a copper pickguard and had made one but the guitar was copper metalflake and I thought it needed the contrast of a bakelite pickguard.
     
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