Cherry red blackguard

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by blackbelt308, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. blackbelt308

    blackbelt308 Tele-Holic

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    It took awhile but I'm finally happy with this build! I assembled it last summer but I didn't like a couple of things and basically put it on a stand and growled at it every few days...

    The first problem was the neck. It's an Allparts neck that I snagged on eBay, but the seller had finished it and his pics made it look waaaaay nicer than it actually was! I sent it back for some touch up, but it still had issues. First of all, the flame didn't really pop. Second, the fretboard was an odd flat black color (almost looked like ebony). Anyway, in mid-December I decided to take the neck off and re-finish it myself. Took it all the way down to bare wood, dyed it with red-brown, sanded most of the dye off, hit it with vintage amber dye, and then finished with several coats of Tru-Oil. Interestingly, when I was using some solvent to remove the original lacquer, I found out that the fretboard had been dyed! So in the process, I was able to make a big improvement on the board too!

    The other problem was that I never bonded with the first neck pickup I chose. I got a Big Boy-Plank'ster set from Owen Duffy after having been completely blown away by one of his Redd Volkaert winds that I had used for an Esquire. The Plankster is just fine, but the Big Boy just didn't sing for me. Too Straty! But one of you fine board members sold me a Twang King neck pup last month and now I'm much happier!

    The key components are as follows:

    - USACG two-piece swamp ash body (Cherry red dye + Deft Clear Gloss)
    - Allparts TRO neck
    - Gotoh vintage machines
    - O.C. Duff Plank'ster (bridge)
    - DiMarzio Twang King (neck)
    - Fender bridge + Glendale Cutting Edge saddles
    - Callaham bakelite guard

    So here comes a barrage of pics! Thanks for lookin'!

    Ciao,
    Rick

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  2. blackbelt308

    blackbelt308 Tele-Holic

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    Now here comes the really sweet part...

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    Whew!
     
  3. DMichel123

    DMichel123 Tele-Meister

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    Perty!!
     
  4. Scooter91

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    Wow - beautiful flame on that neck, great looking guitar!
     
  5. jonvo4591

    jonvo4591 TDPRI Member

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    Absolutely beautiful. That finish just made me sort of reconsider my finish.... I love the grain on the front to the left of the bridge, and OH MY! that neck grain!

    I can dig it. I hope you enjoy it.
     
  6. Hollmanp90

    Hollmanp90 Tele-Afflicted

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    Pure cherry Sweetness outa St.Lewy fo' sure........Rick don't mess around.

    GOOD STUFF !!!!
     
  7. Zeppelanoid

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    Wow! That finish is absolutely beautiful! I can almost taste it!

    Definitely a classy Tele to say the least!
     
  8. buddywayne

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    Yeah, that's a real goodun.'
     
  9. Dababy

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    Wow. Okay - now I know what I'm going to do when I buy a tiger maple neck. That grain is unbelievable! Love it.
     
  10. Vulture

    Vulture Tele-Meister

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    Yeah, yeah, yeah! Really nice. Never seen a Tele like this one.
     
  11. JCBurke59

    JCBurke59 Tele-Holic

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    That is beautiful...

    ...and tell us about that Thinline reflected in the pickguard ???
     
  12. Fortsbest

    Fortsbest Tele-Meister

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    Beautiful neck!
     
  13. blackbelt308

    blackbelt308 Tele-Holic

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    Thanks for the kind words!

    You mean this one?

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    It's an early/mid-60's ash body that someone re-worked into a thinline (mahogany back) with a Parson bender. When I got it, the bender was gone and it had been painted in cream lacquer. I re-finished it in Dakota red a couple of summers ago. The most resonant guitar I own!

    Ciao,
    Rick
     
  14. JCBurke59

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    very cool.
     
  15. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    That transparent red is real purty and the black guard and dark board compliments the red very well.

    I have been looking at the OC Duff Plankster for an Esquire too.
     
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