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Finished Carved Coldtop Telecaster - Photo shoot and sound test

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by doncha_magoso, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. doncha_magoso

    doncha_magoso Tele-Meister

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    Well, finally i was able to repair my Canon, and had the chance to take some pics last night.

    Here is "La Guapetona" (The Beauty One)

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    and here's the sound check :D



    And here's a small test at the recording studio (which is just a computer with a cable connected to the guitar and to the "AudioIn" and using a virtual amp in GarageBand)

    http://soundcloud.com/doncha_magoso/western-chafon

    http://soundcloud.com/doncha_magoso/rock-dos

    http://soundcloud.com/doncha_magoso/prueba-la-guapetona

    All the guitars in this piece are recorded with this same guitar :)

    (I know i'm not a good guitar player like the guys that tested it on the video, i hope you like it anyway )

    Have a nice day!

    Doncha
     
  2. middy

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    Hubba hubba! That is sexy.
     
  3. tjalla

    tjalla Friend of Leo's

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    Very, very nice.

    Now just match the headstock :cool:

    Intonation looks kinda unusual though - does it hold tune going up the neck?
     
  4. quaterstaff

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    wow- very nice
     
  5. doncha_magoso

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    Yup... i know it looks weird, but that's how it worked out :p

    And yes the headstock will need a new set of tunners (a chromed set), i used the one i had in hand :p

    The noiseless pickups also give it some more points, love the sound of it once it plugged to the Marshall :)
     
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    I caught myself saying "wow" out loud when I looked at the pictures... that is amazing!
     
  7. doncha_magoso

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    hehehe thanks a lot dude!

    It is my first finished build, most of of with Warmoth parts, but i really learned a lot of things with this one.

    In one part of the process I screwed the bridge pickup by cutting without knowing the thin cable that comes from the inside... a friend of mine helped to fix that, is the one that comes at last on the test video :)
     
  8. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    Please tell us more about the finish. What kind of sealer, primer, paint, top coat, how dod you apply it, etc. It is a beautiful job.
     
  9. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

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    Muy bueno!
     
  10. Joedrc

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    This is suhweeet!
     
  11. Tele Fan

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    Congrats! Looks great.
     
  12. doncha_magoso

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    I'm sorry dude, i just built it, as i said, most of the parts are from Warmoth. I wish i could paint that beauty as it is (i'm already learning how to actually paint them)

    I got the body already painted from Warmoth, it needed some work anyway.

    The routing for the pickups was really tight, so i had to use a "rototool" to expand the holes (with the help of a routing template from stewmac), i also had to do the same with the hole for the pickup selector.

    On the iside, i also had to carve a little more fot the piclup selector to fit without bending it, just a little bit, and the holes for the Pots were also expanded.

    The good part: the ferrules were sunk heated and made their way as they should, the bad part, 2 of them made the paint to become a little weird on it surroundings.

    The headstock suffered from the "stewmac's string retainers screws" horror, but a friend of mine helped doing this:

    Since we didn't have that drillbit that helps you to pull a broken screw out, we heated it a bit until it became loose and could be screwed out with other tool, too bad i had already made another hole for it :S (i'll show you a pic tomorrow).

    So, what to do when you buy string retainers froms stewmac or warmoth (i've seen they sell the same "barrel string retainers"):

    - Drill a hole deep enough for the screw with a proper bit.
    - Put some soap (not soup) or wax on the screw, it will help to lubricate its entrance.
    - Use a proper size screwdriveR
    - NEVER use an electrical fast speed screwdriver.
    - Once it gets it, if it squeaks while screwing in, you're likely to brake the screw if you keep that way.
    - If you already broke one and can't pull it off, you better not do another hole. Try to use the same place for the next string retainer.

    A tip: You can order spare screws from stewmac, so if you order any string retainer from them, be sure to order plenty of the other ones. Those feel better than the original ones, or you can look on your hardware store for some real metal screws of the same size.

    :)
     
  13. melomanarock

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    That's a really beautiful guitar..
    I rarely see goltops around build forums.. A step by step on that finish would be really good..
     
  14. doncha_magoso

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    Here's a nice and extended sound test with the guitar :D hope you like it

     
  15. davmac

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    A real beauty of a guitar. And for the step-by-step finish process, you must have missed post #12.

    1) Order goldtop body from Warmoth
    2) Receive delivery

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  16. Telenator

    Telenator Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Beautiful guitar!

    I love gold tops.

    Here's one I built several years ago.

    Warmoth body.

    The neck is my very first attempt at building one from scratch and dates back to 1981.

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    Thanks a lot for the comments guys!

    hey Telenator ! That Strat looks superb! Love the contrast between gold and black :D
     
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    holy scales.... buetiful guitar!
     
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