Anyone know who built this pine Tele?

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  1. Jim622

    Jim622 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    This looks like your main issue is finding the right slab of wood. I don't believe that woods character was manufactured.
     
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    On the bottom of the pics it says songsofjonathonwilson.com. The site isn't active. Also says it's 180 year old pine.
     
  3. PeterUK

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    You’ve confirmed my hunch. It is one of Jonathan’s.

    :) Peter
     

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    these guys make a "hand-tooled" leather pickguard that looks muy wayno. I like the idea of it, if only because in junior high, we must have spent 3 weeks in shop class learning how to emboss/stamp/design leather stuff, in the western style. I think I made a wallet with rawhide lacing trim. Oak leaves and such.

    https://www.eldoradostraps.com/product/guitar-pickguards/hand-tooled-leather-tele-pickguard/

    they make straps and hand engraved metal stuff. Jewelry for yer guitar. I like the idea of plain pine with a leather pickguard as in the OP's photo. Here's another, just for grins. Can't remember where I saw it:

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  5. lowatter

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    Thanks Lee and Peter! I forgot about that website and I remember going there quite a few YEARS AGO for info and ideas. I bookmarked it(again). I'm sure that's where I originally found that pic. I'm 59(next Saturday)...and every tool in my shed is dull! :confused:
     
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  6. lowatter

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    Here's my 2" pine slabs that I only paid $40 for the pair...
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    ...err, I got nothing.
     
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    Thanks teletimetx. The $100 price tag will probably force me to look for an old hand tooled mexican purse or tool my own design. Time will tell. I may look for an Allparts or Mighty Mite neck but I may just make my own. I have to see what kind of maple I have available in my shop. "F" necks because of the skunk stripe etc. are pretty time consuming and tricky I would image. Haven't tried one yet.
     
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    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah - those seem kinda pricey.

    You might take a look, if you haven't already, at the DIY subforum here - for info both on neck building and telecaster building. There's a whole universe of info and experience there. Special home-made jigs for routing the skunk stripe channel, good advice on body building, etc. Many, many excellent builders here.

    It's called the Tele Home Depot in the DIY Channel.
     
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    https://eldoradostraps.com/product/guitar-pickguards/hand-tooled-leather-tele-pickguard/



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    Hand-Tooled Leather “Tele” Pickguard
    Description
    Our hand-tooled leather pickguards for Teles™ are made using the highest grade veg-tanned saddle leather, hand-tooled, and backed with a phenolic vulcanized fibre material for rigidity. A great way to customize your Tele. Direct replacement for standard Telecaster™ pickguards.

    Choice of Tan, Brown, or Black leather colors. “Wild Rose” or “acorn & oakleaf” tooling pattern (pickguards are sold without screw-mounting holes).
     
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    M.K. Holloway made the beauty posted above.
    https://www.etsy.com/search?q=m k holloway
    For some reason, I can't make the link work, so go to etsy.com and search for Mk Holloway pickguard, or copy and paste the link.
    Captain Obvious signing off!
     
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    Also, for what it's worth, I got my two 3-pound pine bodies from ToneBomb on eBay for $55 or so each. Not 200 years old, though.
     

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  14. Mike Simpson

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    About 10 years ago pine teles were the rage with everyone after Arlo West posted his pine builds. Many members of TDPRI including me had to have a pine Tele and the rage was on. Pinemart selling bodies and everyone else making their own. I never was a fan of all the big knots, it just looked too "pine poser" to me. I have made several out of pine and still have a couple of pine bodies to complete.

    The first 3 are made of pine reclaimed from shipping pallets.

    This is my 2009 TDPRI build challenge entry
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    This is the same guitar body shown above, my 2009 TDPRI build challenge entry
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    My 2010 TDPRI build challenge entry. Also made from a pine pallet.
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    This one was made from a pallet and was my #1 for several years.
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    This one is also made from a pallet
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    The pine production line back in 2010...
    The left and right bodies are 1 piece Pinemart bodies the middle body is pictured above after the 3rd P90 route.
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  17. Ronkirn

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    yeah... Arlo really kinda got the pine thing going last decade... I did a few for him both Teles and Strats.. and subsequent posts generated a considerable interest... That led to Bill Lawrence having me do one he had Arlo play to demo his MicroCoil pickups at NAAM in '09 (I think) might be '10) . .

    we're still going... they make remarkable twang machines.. here's a couple done in the past month..

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  19. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    I didn't say Arlo started it.... actually Leo did, in 1948... the prototypes were made of pine... and the first 80 or so guitars were all pine.... and Fender did a run of them in the late 90's... and somewhere between then and the mid 2000's Arlo started showing his Old Piney Strat... augmented by his stunning playing...

    After I did one for Arlo, one of his friends, also a session musician, asked me to do one for him... then another.. he wound up swapping a truck load of 100 + year old pine for yet another guitar... then I did a few build threads... and that, coupled with a few "reviews", and things took off....

    I'm still doing them today, and have a load of Ponderosa pine reclaimed from the Comstock Load era Mines, ca: mid to late 1800's, another haul from the Globe Grain Elevator in Duluth, WI.. ca: 1870's, ( that one's coming to an end since the remaining buildings they were dismantling burned earlier this year... :cry:) and I still have some Loblolly Pine from a Warehouse erected in NYC in the 1830's but it's like Neutron Star material heavy... and some other miscellaneous sections of various vintage... got some from a New Orleans Plantation built in the 1860's too..

    in the months leading up to the 2009 Summer NAMM Bill Lawrence asked me to create a Pine Tele for him to debut his new MicroCoil pickups... Arlo would be the guitarist.. Arlo sent me an unfinished body made of Sugar Pine, I think.. it was pretty rough, I cannot remember if I reengineered it or just replaced it outright .. but she held her own in Nashville that Summer.. here's a pix.. the symbol is the Dalmore Scotch logo.. me 'n a couple others are Singlemaltophiles...:p

    but it just keeps on keeping on... the old pine makes a stunning twang machine.. below is a typical Barnbuster... all of them are made of pine that's at least 100 years old.. Its not at all uncommon for someone to "gamble" on one, then order a couple other guitars made from similar wood...

    In the ensuing years I've made Strats, Teles, Jaguars, Jazzmasters, Mustangs, Broncos, Jazz Basses. Precision Basses, . . pretty much all of 'em... and none ever disappointed..

    but, No, Arlo didn't begin the idea, he and 'ol Piney were the catalyst that sparked the interest a little over a dozen or so years ago... I kinda nudged it along with a couple of build threads... then. . . . Bill Lawrence Called... and that was followed by the article featuring me 'n four other builders in Premiere Guitar magazine... and an "explosion" happened... and I was building 'em as fast as I could...

    Arlo still peeks .. and pops up ever once 'n a while... maybe he'll say Howdy...

    rk

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