Dig the "Western Sugarcaster"!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by blackbelt308, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. blackbelt308

    blackbelt308 Tele-Holic

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    I'm not a country-western player but - what the heck! - I thought I'd go ahead and build a Tele with a country-western flair to it. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

    Started with a one-piece sugar pine body from Marc Rutters, tinted it with a few coats of amber shellac (Hock flakes in ethanol, applied with a Preval sprayer), and finished it off with clear gloss nitro lacquer. The neck is an Allparts TMO-V that I finished with Reranch tinted clear.

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    The hand-tooled leather pickguard was made by M.K. Holloway from the Dallas area. M.K. is a true artist and a joy to work with! The custom leather strap was made for me by TDPRI's own Bob Schell of Brookwood Leathers. Bob was also a joy to work with. I sent him the guard and he was able to color-match the strap. Incredible quality too!

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    Other particulars.... A fabulous set of Lollar Vintage T pickups in this guitar, Fender vintage bridge plate, Barden compensated saddles, and Gotoh vintage style tuners. She sounds great! Yaa-hoo! :D

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    Thanks for lookin'!
    Rick
     
  2. jjfatz42

    jjfatz42 Tele-Holic

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    That's cool!:cool: I want one. :D
     
  3. otaypanky

    otaypanky Tele-Holic

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    That's a sweet one Rick
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  4. bluecar

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    Saaaaaweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best,
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  5. Tele-Champ

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    Love it. Great job!
     
  6. Dababy

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    Beautiful! I've never used shellac because I assume it's a lot of work, but that finish has me thinking about giving it a try some time.
     
  7. Mojotron

    Mojotron Poster Extraordinaire

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    Actually, you can spray/sand/buff shellac just like one would with nitro and it's a lot less work that nitro since shellac cures faster and goes on in fewer coats that dry much faster.
     
  8. crane550

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    That pickguard is incredible! How stable is it, will it move with humidity?
     
  9. refin

    refin Friend of Leo's

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    Nice job,looks really great!
     
  10. Martin-Tele

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    I would sure like to see the back of that V neck
     
  11. Tele Fan

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    Congrats! That's one nice fiddle you've got there.
     
  12. blackbelt308

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    Thanks for the kind words!

    You should give it a try. I had a couple of false starts with shellac but finally managed to figure out a good schedule. Great stuff!

    I guess I'll find out over the next couple of years. It has a really nice stiff backing so I'm optimistic that it'll hold up well.

    I'm not sure there's much you can see in this pic, but it has a really nice feel. Much beefier than a modern C-shape but not quite all the way to fat.

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    One more pic with the Princeton! :D

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    Ciao,
    Rick
     
  13. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

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    I'm digging it!
     
  14. pixeljammer

    pixeljammer Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    Gorgeous guitar!
     
  15. HiggyDude

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    Never been a fan of leather pickguards - but that one just Fits! It looks awesome - nice job!
     
  16. jkingma

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    That looks great!!
     
  17. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    That's one of the best looking Tele's I've seen here.
     
  18. tele2313

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    That is a sweet looking tele. Great job!!!
     
  19. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    I really like it. It looks different and yet very classic.
     
  20. Tom Pettingill

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    Very sharp!
     
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