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Can a Telecaster be too "Pretty"?

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

  1. geardaddy

    geardaddy Tele-Holic

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    "The pickguard looks like an amoeba."

    it makes me think of this - maybe it's a c'mon-get-happycaster:

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    boris, i like it a lot...is it a bit fancy? perhaps, though it's certainly not gaudy...

    then again, while i have an aesthetical preference for maple necks, this one does have a rather utilitarian look to it, and i quite like it with the dark fretboard:

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    i think that fancy caps are best served by spartan appointments, but that's just me...


    hmm...maybe i should invert all the tele pics i come across - it'd be my own little lefty valhalla...

    don't tell mr. dikkers!:eek::eek:[​IMG]
     
  2. kenfolk

    kenfolk Tele-Holic

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    love the guitar but not the guard would look better with a pickup ring
     
  3. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Posting guitars lefty is a great way to dissect them and look at them with new eyes.

    I have never ordered a neck pickup ring like that. Hmm.
     
  4. Canadiense. El

    Canadiense. El Tele-Meister

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    :arrow: PLAY IT!!!!

    Then play the... stuffing... out of it!!!
     
  5. phillip lee

    phillip lee TDPRI Member

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    How about a Leather Pickguard?

    Yours looks similiar to mine, I obviously love Posting pictures of it;
     

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  6. phillip lee

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    One more. You better not paint that pretty wood!
     

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  7. Cajun1

    Cajun1 Tele-Holic

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    :eek: Wow! That is be-u-tee-ful!
     
  8. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Very nice!

    I see your maple as more "perfect" or uniform in its quilting or figure.

    ++

    My "thread" guitar is a troublemaker maybe because it is more Complicated and not a serene pattern that repeats just so.

    Maybe the Thread Title is off the money. Maybe this T type of mine is the Supermodel Wannabe with a little too much love handles or busted up knuckles or something. ;)
    Maybe pretty is not really the right term but more of a polite way to describe my guitar. :) Yours is more of the real beauty.
     
  9. falconer

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    Beautiful work, Boris.
     
  10. steve gibson

    steve gibson Tele-Holic

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    I have to admit that I don't feel like playing my pretty guitars as much as those that look and feel like a tool. Hang it on the wall.
     
  11. wolfmancharlie

    wolfmancharlie TDPRI Member

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    Just have to say , this is a beatiful Tele. Looks great with the maple neck. The only thing I would change would be the pickguard. I just prefer a custom made wood pickguard on there. Something a bit lighter than black , but that's just me.
     
  12. Ignatius

    Ignatius Tele-Afflicted

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    Black hardware, clear pickguard? I dunno.
     
  13. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I tend to be like that also; and yep, it has been hanging and hasn't been getting played much. I just reached a point where, if I don't start playing this one, I doubt I will put together any more real ostentatious or showy Teles.
     
  14. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Welcome and Thanks for the compliment.

    Edwardian grey plastic, possibly matte? Maybe a little warmer color than grey pickguard? But I am sure of one thing - it won't be busy wood. There's already too much visual static on this guitar already. Unless the wood was utterly plain. Ebony, maybe? :)

    This is why I also don't think it would be Tortoiseshell or Pearloid. I'd like to tone down the visual impact, not bling it up even higher.
     
  15. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Finally someone talking about hardware finish. I thought others might suggest black, since it does seem popular on some Tele models.

    It sure won't be gold plate. Matte black? Haven't done a guitar in black hardware in maybe 4 years, but this might be the one. I wish I had a neck handy with an Ebony fretboard to try, and then a clear but perhaps aged plastic pickguard.

    What ever happened to that Ruthenium plating that Schaller (?) was doing on hardware a few years ago?
     
  16. getrguy1

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    I think it's a beauty just as she is.
     
  17. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    You know, with no TV set in those days I never got exposed to the Partridge Family and so I'm immune to the involuntary reactions many of ya'll get to this shape. ;)

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    Of course, the Partridges were off the template of the Cowsills; a genuine cultural artifact I still have fond thoughts of. Susan Cowsill has played many shows down here in New Orleans and she's the real thing, no question about it.
     
  18. TubbyTone

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    I vote the leather tooled guard (maybe some crazy paisley design), that might break up the pattern in the cap. but other wise B...EAU...TI...FUL as is !!! I hope mine turns out half as nice, GREAT WORK !!!
     
  19. geardaddy

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    well, the partridge family lies somewhere on the very fringes of my memory, but i do remember that logo...i'm more of the brady bunch, happy days era...

    i love that episode where jan brady is jealous of her big sister's plexi - Marshall, Marshall, Marshall!!!

    i was hoping to find a pic of keith with a tele, but no dice - strats and hollowbodies are all i could find...

    but it's amazing what a quick internet search can dig up, no?

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    on a more serious note, i have serious misgivings about black (and gold, for that matter) hardware - but that's just me, i guess..
     
  20. WickedGTR

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    Find an old broom. Insert into can of green paint. Paint the guitar green with a broom.

    A guitar shouldn't look like granny's parlor coffee table.
     
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