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Can a Telecaster be too "Pretty"?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by boris bubbanov, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I just don't understand this one guitar:

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    As I was finishing the pieces I had very high expectations. But it is not the one I go looking for. I have finally decided it is just too pretty.

    What would you do to make this guitar look more honest? A hard working, bass fishing kind of a Telecaster?

    What say ye?

    Esquire it?

    Black bridgeplate and control plate (gulp!)?

    Satin finish?


    Much obliged. :)
     
  2. Cajun1

    Cajun1 Tele-Holic

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    Rosewood fretboard and tortoise PG.
     
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    ^^this^^
     
  4. joeybsyc

    joeybsyc Tele-Meister

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    Get rid of the weird shaped mini pickguard... A standard shaped black single ply would give it a whole new attitude IMO.
     
  5. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I had it like that, and it was a 22 fretter and this interfered with adjusting the neck pickup. If I Esquire the guitar, it could go back to that neck or one like it.

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    One thing I'm noticing is there's no love in the images I've taken. Hmm. This guitar needs a fair shake.
     
  6. Turtletwang

    Turtletwang Tele-Meister

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    Pink Paisley?
     
  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Now, you're getting me sorta grumpy. ;) I never intended to install a pickguard of any kind. I kinda got roped into installing one on this model. But no pickguard I've tried looks right. Filling holes in a quilted cap - I guess once you have one hole you may as well have eight. :eek:

    I'll see if I can find images of the mockups with 5 hole and 8 hole Fender style pickguards for ya, on this guitar.

    Edit: I will do a special shape clear pickguard for this guitar. If I can de-emphasize the "clash" between the Bubba pickguard shape and the pattern of the maple, maybe I can make you warm to it. There is something amiss - this pickguard style is not everyone's cup of tea but I think it comes closest to sucking on this one guitar. Because of the wood pattern, I am guessing. Thanks!
     
  8. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I will degloss it with some polishing compound, I think. :D

    Excellent. Exactly what I should have done. I'll fabricate an aged clear Esquire pickguard and fog in the area around the neck pickup rout, in the same general manner as the Florals and the Paisley Teles were done.

    Brilliant! That's a superb idea.

    That is what you meant, right? :twisted:
     
  9. Maxwell Street

    Maxwell Street Friend of Leo's

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    lose the quilt...paint it...
     
  10. wshelley

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    Rosewood board, standard black guard, esquired. Should be plain enough to help offset the busy-ness of the quilt top.
     
  11. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Like an Esquire version of this guitar, basically?

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    Or I could put a Seymour BG-1400 in there. No one would know what hit them!

    :D


    I sure shoulda set the intonation on this guitar before snapping the photo, eh?
     
  12. Nub

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    Relic it.


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  13. Mike_LA

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    That's a gorgeous axe.
    Nothing wrong with the paint job, how does it play?
    If it doesn't play like butter then your not done . . .
     
  14. Doth

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    Hey Boris,

    I love most of your guitars, and this is no exception. Your PG shape is growing on me, but I am not certain it fits this one.

    If I may be so bold to offer a suggestion, I think this guitar would look killer with a dark walnut stripe from the bridge to the bottom strap pin. Sort of like the Merle Haggard Tele. I don't know if it is possible now, but I think that is what it needs.

    Don
     
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    I think it looks awesome. I'd love to have a guitar that looked close to that good
     
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    Man, that thing looks gorgeous! I'd keep it as is....
     
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    Pretty much. It seems to me that your flame body is close enough in color to the original vintage blonde to make it look like a flamed Blackguard, which is a cool idea to me.

    That doesn't really explain the rosewood board...I guess I'm generally more of a fan of the neck and body contrasting. Dark body, maple board...light body, rosewood board. YMMV.
     
  18. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Wow. It is a 4 member break out!

    Thanks! I was really starting to sweat, since no one was rushing in to defend this guitar.

    It really does sound better with this USACG maple neck on there than it did with either of the rosewood board Warmoths. I hate to give that up.

    This TDPRI really is a cool place! :^)

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  19. Jeff H

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    I like the quilt top but could see it with a bit of amber tint.

    The pickguard looks like an amoeba.

    I can see it with no pickguard. Clear at this point would be a reasonable
    compromise.. but not amoebic.
     
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    Boris, in that last photo, It looks like a Christmas tree below the bridge.
     
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