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Can a Telecaster be too "Pretty"?

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

  1. piece of ash

    piece of ash Friend of Leo's

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    Black... normal pickguard... problem solved Or, kick it up a notch, white binding on the top and then a black burst and back side.
     
  2. adjason

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    I don't like quilted or fancy maple tops on fender style gutars
     
  3. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper Friend of Leo's

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    It's definitely too pretty for me. Playing that thing would make ME look way uglier than I already am.
     
  4. jkingma

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    Throw it in the lake and then dry it off by dragging it down the road behind the half-ton.

    :p
     
  5. dumeril7

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    Sell that guitar to somebody who will appreciate its beauty, then use the proceeds to buy a plainer one. Frankly some of the ideas you're getting here are just going to butcher it IMO.

    D7
     
  6. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Quite so.

    This guitar hasn't been played very much. That must change.

    I know what you mean about PRS guitars I would prefer not to even touch since I don't feel like buying it if something were to happen (my fault). This is not quite like that, in person. But it is fussy.
     
  7. flag72

    flag72 Tele-Afflicted

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    Im with Mister B
    I like it as is but I would put an original pick guard black or turtoise but it's awsome,and I dont mind if a tele is a piece of art color paint or color wise. anyway a tele IS a piece of art!!!
     
  8. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I have some Deluxe Keystone neck pups. I might try that.

    I've mocked up white, parchment, FMIC gold and mint green. The mint green comes closest. I could go back and do a pickguard in this Krylon #2339 Blonde Shimmer though.
     
  9. 3 Chord

    3 Chord Friend of Leo's

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    Boris, to me it has the essential Telecaster recipe, mainly;

    - maple neck
    - vintage bridge
    - single coils
    - made in america

    It just so happens this one is dressed up a bit. I think it is fantastic and I would be proud to play such a good looking, cool guitar. Ronnie Dunn would love it.

    How does it sound, typical or other?

    p.s. you mention bass fishing, have you seen how fancy some of those bass boats and lures look. It allready looks like a basser's gee-tar!
     
  10. cousinpaul

    cousinpaul Friend of Leo's

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    Like the song says, tattoos and scars are different things.
     
  11. joeybsyc

    joeybsyc Tele-Meister

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    Yes.. that i like!
     
  12. outlawyer

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    What he said. Sure wouldn't paint a moustache on that Mona Lisa were it mine.
     
  13. Torz Johnson

    Torz Johnson Friend of Leo's

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    I tend to prefer solid color or translucent/blonde teles, but I still think that guitar looks very nice. Everybody has different tastes, and right now somebody is looking at that picture and realizing that it is his dream tele.
     
  14. vtcyclist

    vtcyclist Tele-Afflicted

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    To me the quilt top needs a frame or an edge. I'd try (in photoshop or a mockup with tape) a black binding. Then put on a standard Tele pick guard in black. I also liked Cajun1's suggestion of RW and Tortoise, but you've said it does not sound as good and I still feel the quilt top needs a defined edge. That's my two bits. :D
     
  15. leftiecaster

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    I'm old fashioned,....Tele and 'pretty' just doesn't go together.
     
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    I won't even comment on the Guitar Boris....I want your Damn Log House !!!
     
  17. leftiecaster

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    I'd add '3-way switch' and 'standard PG' to that recipe.
     
  18. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    :D

    I have a friend who insists, the metalflake finishes and brightwork on his boat are like that so they don't get shot at by mistake by a hunter while fishing in a brushy arm or cove in the lake. And the wives seem to like the individual paint schemes so they can spot their spouse if he happened to stop "by mistake" at the tavern when he was supposed to be out fishing. With the trailered boat on the back of the Silverado.
     
  19. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    :D

    I'm the guy doing all the hours getting the place just so, but I am definitely third in line for this house. The Girlfriend and The Bank own this baby, not me.

    But I'm glad it is that Log Chink siding over conventional 2 x 6 framing. I'm WAY too pragmatic to go for a real log construction house. B'sides, those real log things are energy hogs and the heating bill this Winter was high enough as it was! :)

    And I do mean hours. Detailing this cabin sure steals precious time from guitar assembly. It is still about wood and colors, etc. so I haven't always noticed.
     
  20. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Installing any pickguard in the first place might have been the start of that moustache. I often wish I had left it off. Here's the body before the pickguard was drilled for:

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    I imagine so. I think what happened was, I also was assembling a second guitar and it sort of stole my heart for this sort of look (it was "more" pretty or whatever) and the guitar about which this thread is about got pushed aside. The maple figure is much more tight and uniform and has always gotten more praise, for whatever reason:

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