First Two MJT builds... (pictures)

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  1. r_o_b_s_o_n

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    So... it was an interesting week... I placed an order for my first MJT project way back in November - a Blackguard Tele clone. I got a bit impatient waiting for updates and awaiting for it finally ship, so... I ended up buying an MJT Strat body from ebay... I received the Strat 6 days after buying it. As it happens, I finally got notification that my Tele was shipping. I received the Tele exactly one week after the Strat... So, now I have two concurrent builds!

    Turns out that in the box was the body, neck, bridge and pickguard. I was honestly less than impressed with either the pickguard or the bridge. For one, they shipped me a left handed bridge, and while it may not be a huge deal, the bridge is a top loader type.

    The pickguard is a single play black plastic - not bakelite as I hoped (I had asked if it was bakelite or not when I ordered and never got a straight answer).

    So, those are two parts that will be going in the spares bin. I also found that I did not get string ferules nor a jack cup... so those are two more items I will have to add to the shopping list.

    Anyway, all in all I am pretty pleased with the body and neck (I still think their approach to relic'ing is a bit contrived and has a tendency to exhibit un-natural repetition in their dents and finish wear).
    I'm at a bit of a stand still now while I await additional parts, but as with the strat body, I managed to get the shielding done and small wire jumpers soldered in to connect the different cavities...

    I took a some photos as I unboxed the body and neck (with the help of my little kitty - Nootka), and tried to detail some of the process of masking the body, sanding the body cavities, tracing patterns for cutting the copper tape, and then the finished grounding. I think it turned out even better than on my strat body. Finally I dry fit everything and mocked it up - SWEET!!

    Anyway, enjoy a few more photos! I will post more once I get the rest of the hardware.

    Cheers,

    Geoff

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    The box as it arrived...

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    Nootka doing her part to help with the unboxing.

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    The well protected contents of the big box.

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    Everything opened up.

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    First step was to mask off the body cavities to protect the finish when sanding.

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    Sanding the body cavities to knock down the rough overspray in the cavities to prep for shielding.

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    I used parchment paper to trace the shape of the cavities which allowed me to cut the copper tape to the correct shape.

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    Finished shielding job. I wish I had taken more pictures of the process.
     
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  2. Toadtele

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    Nice. Enjoy!
     
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    more pictures

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    I came across this little tin lunchbox some time ago and thought it would make a great box for electronic components and tools.

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    Inside the Fender box...

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    Seymour Duncan Antiquities will be installed in both guitars. I love their presentation. Can't wait to hear them!

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    The flat pole bridge pickup - beautiful

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    Body and hardware mocked up without neck

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    Body and hardware mocked up without neck

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    Mocked up with the neck dry-fit in place

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    Mocked up with the neck dry-fit in place, hanging out with it's Strat sibling.

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    Body & Neck resting in its lush new home.
     
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    The cat likes it ... Therefore, it should be fine...
     
  5. r_o_b_s_o_n

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    and a few shots of the Strat body...

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    Copper shielding in place.

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    I ended up having to use my dremel to re-work the inside of the output jack cavity, as I checked the continuity between the tip of a cable plugged into the jack and the copper shielding in the main cavity and my multimeter indicated the the tip was shorting against the shielding.

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    mmmmm, Sonic Blue

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    Planning on building this as a '62

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    The tweed case is for the Tele, the Strat will get a Brown Tolex case

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    Very nice!
     
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    It all started for me in a similar way. I had watched the Ebay page for a couple of years before I pulled the trigger on a custom build. Then, before it was finished I impulse bought one off their page and that ended up being my first. A few years later I have, let me count, a strat, 4 thinlines, and 2 teles. I can't stop myself. That page is the death of me. Sometimes I get bored, add a few to the watch list and it just keeps going. Tomorrow my Rutters hardware arrives for a blackguard build. As if I need another Tele. Even worse, I almost sniped another body this week. It's a problem. Yet all I can say is Yay! Tomorrow I get to screw together a blackguard and I can't wait to try these pickups!

    I love every one of them to death and get immense satisfaction from them. Plus, they are utility tools, that if something happens to them it's no biggie as it is with something collectible. I use a couple of them as gigging guitars in a wedding band and leave them in our band trailer between gigs, harsh Florida heat, with no worries. If the necks don't have the meddle, they can be replaced.

    Every one of them has had a very tight neck pocket and the bridge mounting holes perfectly centered without any adjustments needed whatsoever to get a perfect string line. Plus the Jennys have top notch customer service. If you didn't want the SRV backwards trem, just send it back and I'm sure they'll make it right.

    Congrats on your new guitars, I'm sure you'll love them.
     
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    Here are pictures of the finished Tele.
    • MJT Swamp Ash VTT body
    • Musikraft Blackguard Neck (Soft V & 7.5"-9.5" compound radius)
    • Seymour Duncan Antiquity Pickups
    • Emerson/CTS Pots
    • Wired w/ blackguard "Dark Circuit" & 2 Emerson Paper in Oil caps
    • All slotted screws
    • Lacquered Bakelite pickguard
    • fully shielded with copper tape
    • Fender 3 saddle bridge

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    Very nice !
     
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  10. DrASATele

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    Wow, that's sweet.
     
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  11. r_o_b_s_o_n

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    Thank you both!!! Definitely a learning process!
     
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    That's some of the cleanest copper tape mounting I've ever seen. I'm not nearly that patient. I just slap it in there until it's all covered up....
     
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    Classic. Love it. Also, lovely photography.
     
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    Nice build with top components, very nicely put together and photographed. Well done!
     
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    Nice looking T-style. Hope you never plan on selling it with that fake decal on the head stock.
     
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  16. r_o_b_s_o_n

    r_o_b_s_o_n TDPRI Member

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    Nope... never
     
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    Don't post this on TGP....they will call the cops and throw you in jail for this offense. But seriously, great looking guitar at a fraction of what a boutique tele would cost you.
     
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    Really nicely done. Enjoy.
     
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    Finished the Strat build, and got some pics to share...

    • MJT Alder VTS body
    • Musikraft Neck - V to C profile & 9.5"-12" compound radius Indian Rosewood slab board
    • Seymour Duncan Antiquity Pickups
    • Emerson/CTS Pots
    • Wired w/ original Strat wiring (No tone in Bridge position) & Emerson Paper in Oil cap
    • fully shielded with copper tape
    • Fender AVRI bridge
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    *yes - I applied a Fender decal. I have no intention of selling either guitar, ever.
     
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    Beautiful looking guitars and great pics.
    No need to justify the decals to me, I don't own shares in the company and I prefer a authentic looking replica without being bled for the privilege too.
    Plus it's way more fun to put your own together.:)
     
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