Blonde Tele’s

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  1. benjamintwells

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    has anyone here done a blonde Tele in a unique wood? I.e. something other than ash or alder. Maybe pine, mahogany, sapele, or maybe cedar?

    Any pics are welcome! Thanks in advance
     
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    Oh!!!! I predict this will be a great thread!
     
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    I built an all hard rock maple Tele in the late '70s. Really really bright and really really heavy. Sustain for days. I had a PAF in the neck of it and it was a great guitar for Albert King-style blues. Not much else for my tastes. In the early '90s I gave the body and a Bullet neck to a friend's son. He put 3 Bill Lawrence PUs in it and last I heard still had it. I built another one-piece Honduras back/ 1/2" flame Maple top guitar. I gifted it to a friend and it has recently found its way back home. Pretty trashed now, a project for this winter. This guitar is pretty heavy as well but it did sound great with a rosewood slab board and Duncan Antiquity PUs. Balanced, focused, and almost excessive sustain. I hope to build a Tele-master Korina w/ P90s and a PRS wrap tail this winter.
     
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    I haven’t made one myself but there are fender made korina 52 reissues floating around out there I think they may even have done a pine model (not sure if they did blonde)

    I suspect if you put a blonde finish on a mahogany body that it will probably look more solid because of the tight grain, that’s if the red in the mahogany allows you to spray it translucent enough to still make it blonde without affecting the color
    Although I’ve seen a tv white(almost white blonde) Firebird that looked awesome with the grain showing through
     
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    Have you got any pictures of the original build?

     
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    Do you mean "butterscotch blonde" or "white blonde"?
     
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    Yeah, totally forgot about that.

    I’m interested in the blondes, because I wonder what the grain would look like through the blonde pigment.

     
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    Good question. I’m curious about any blonde finish with unique wood types. I would really like to see the grain through the butterscotch or whiter blonde finish.

     
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    From what I've seen ... "usually" folks try make the finish and wood compliment each other. That's why we see cherry, or cherry burst, or walnut on mahogany, or various black, brown, red, orange, yellow burst on alder. Ash is good for burst too, but its strong grain compliments blonde, as also does white korina.

    Not that you can't put a blond finish on mahogany or alder, but its not as complimentary as other finishes.
     
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    I completely agree and that’s great insight. I’m still very curious to see if anyone has played with the pigment/transparency of the blonde on mahogany or curly maple; something different.. who knows, maybe I’ll try one!

     
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    I’ve seen a diy strat that was “white washed” mahogany. It was gorgeous.

     
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    This is always a best practice and not just with guitar making...
     
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    well first.. let''s see your idea of a Blonde .. and I'm not trying to be a nudge.. it's just that guys have different ideas about some of the shades... just google any old pix of a Blonde that you are thinking of and post it..


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    Great question, and great point. Blonde has become a bit of a category as opposed to an identifiable color.. With that point, I will post pictures and try to bring it full circle.

    Has anyone done any unique woods with a blonde finish?

     

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    I have one I did in pine and another pine body I just refinished.

    First build:
    Jazzbo new pup 3.jpg Jazzbo new pup 2.jpg Jazzbo w:TV Jones.jpg Jazzbo w:TV Jones 2.jpg

    Recent Re-fin:

    9 coats Tru-Oil.jpg

    Both were done in Tru-Oil. The first build was 30 coats on the body/15 on the neck. The re-fin was 9 coats in in the photo (I ended up stopping at 10 because I like the color and don't want it to become any more amber).
     
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    That’s exactly the response I’m looked for, and it looks great; plus I bet the pine sounds great. Thank you for sharing!

    I just want to see some outside of the box blondes out there.


     
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    Did you fill the knots with epoxy, or anything at all?

     
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    Sen, Japan made, one piece, production model.
     
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