COMPLETED - motor_city_tele 2014 Build Challenge - Gilmour Workmate

Discussion in '2014 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by motor_city_tele, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. Glen Smith

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    This is getting quite interesting !
     
  2. motor_city_tele

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    A little too windy for my liking.

    Temp in the mid twenties with a steady breeze. I drilled a few holes in the neck but when my cordless drill ran out of juice, so did I. I packed it in and put on the kettle. It's a good day to practice for the video and watch some NCAA hoops.
     
  3. nosmo

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    That is sooooooo cool!
     
  4. DrASATele

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    Nice mock up.
    I am so itching to get to the body on my build.

    This is going to be a sweet guitar.
     
  5. motor_city_tele

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    More research

    You know it's a small world when you google something and it takes you right into one of your own darn threads. That's what happened when I went looking for more images of the gilmour workmate.

    Youtube is always a good source for both the music and the images. A little fuzzy at times but plenty good enough. here is a still of a piece of the back side. I sure would like to have 5 minutes with that guitar and a blank memory card.
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    All dapper and proper.
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    A decent shot of the neck wear.
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    Whoa, what is going on at the neck pocket.
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    Another fuzzy shot but enough to get an idea of the wear.
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    Opening day in a week! Oh boy!
     
  6. oldrebel

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    This is going to be great.
     
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    the neck pocket looks like a pic from one of these threads where someone has giant chunks of poly peeling off the guitar.

    How in the world could wear like that be natural?
     
  8. barbrainy

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    +1

    I think that's my favourite picture of the challenge!
     
  9. charisjapan

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    Gambatte!

    Hey MCT!

    Looking forward to this ...

    Gambatte! (Japanese - somewhere between "try hard" and "good luck")

    'Tis a worthy challenge.
     
  10. OpenG Capo4

    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

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    Could it be wear from his ring, maybe?
     
  11. charisjapan

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    As has been noted, this guitar came into Gilmour's hands looking a lot like this, so doubt he was the one that did what we now see.

    If I had my guess, I would say that some of those wear patterns are consistent with jewelry and/or costumes of the gaudy, chunky and heavy type. Gargantuan rings and bracelets in the jewelry department, and studded cuffs and chains on the costume might cause the ... er, wear (really want to use the word damage here! ;)).

    Have fun doing that on purpose, MCT! (or maybe you could play it while wearing a bunch of jewelry and S-M costumes? :twisted:)
     
  12. charisjapan

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    Hehe!

    "Showmanship!"

    :lol:
     
  13. Cat MacKinnon

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    Right...I thought we already established that with the whole "Seymour Duncan had it before Dave" thing. :lol:

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to this build! If the OP can't find any photos of the back of the guitar (and I don't think I've ever seen any either), maybe he can "borrow" the wear pattern from one of Gilmour's other Teles? I dunno, just an idea.
     
  14. patsanger

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    Maybe this is proof that Seymour was like all the other young kids who wanted to change up their guitar and took a sander to it... :)
     
  15. charisjapan

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    Hey Cat,

    The only other Gilmour tele I know of is in the Royal Albert Hall version of "Fat Old Sun" ... and ya can't see wear pattern at all. But that is what brought me to TDPRI! Always thought Gilmour was a strat guy until I saw this clip, and it got me hooked on the raucous tele tone.



    I'm leaning in the direction that the wear is natural use/abuse, even if I'm going against the grain here (pun intended). This just does not look like sander and screwdriver work to me, but honest (if irreverent) implementation of a tool of the trade. That, and the fact that it was owned by an icon, sold/given to another icon, and was named "The Workmate" tells me that it has a history above and beyond a relic job.

    Just my opinion, definitely swayed by my respect for both of those guys! ;)
     
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  16. Scatter Lee

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    i heard david say he named it workmate because of all the time it spent on his workmate bench
     
  17. charisjapan

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    Hey Scatter,

    Nah, what history we do have makes it clear that it was in that condition when he got it, but indeed he named it "The Workmate." Whether he named it that because he heard it had been relic-ed on a Workmate, or thought it looked like a well-used tool is lost to us, AFAIK.

    But I'm a romantic, and would like to believe it got that way being played hard. :rolleyes:

    One thing for sure, we'll have some emperical data from MCT as to what he thinks after building a factory-fresh copy ... and then mutilating, er relic-ing it to make a replica of that famous guitar! :twisted:

    What a grand project! :D
     
  18. Scatter Lee

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    check out 33:56 that might be the back of the headstock

     
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    He plays a Blackguard too. But little signs of wear:

     
  20. mrblanche

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    If you watch Gilmour's playing, he's doing a lot of work up high, and it might be from a ring or something. But it could just as easily be something with the way it has been transported, stored, or some such thing as that. Just a little wear each session adds up to a lot of wear!
     
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