I built a Frankentele!

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by axisus, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. axisus

    axisus TDPRI Member

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    Built myself a custom guitar. A pretty weird beast, relic-type tele body, HBs, Ibanez neck, Floyd trem etc. My Frankentele is now alive and kicking! I have dubbed it my 'Angel' tele and it surpasses my wildest expectations both in terms of looks and playability. Quite simply it is the best guitar I have owned.


    And this is the finished article:
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    Original body blank, very generously donated for free by JookyChap from a UK forum (including P&P!). Top man and very generous soul.

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    Initial routing, all done by eye and some paper templates that I knocked up myself!

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    All routes and holes done, spray finished and transfers applied

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    This is the front face with my Christian themed Chinese writing. Drawn in Adobe illustrator, coloured in Photoshop and then applied as wet transfers
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    I wanted a worn body type look (not a true 'relic' as such - I was not attempting to do something genuinely realistic, just worn somewhat to my personal satisfaction), so I skipped sanding sealer, and underdid the grain filler. No primer, just straight in with Nitro vintage white, followed by tinted lacquer. I masked the bits that needed wood showing, and darkened them after with acrylic wash. The body looks exactly the kind of 'old' I was hoping for close-up

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  2. axisus

    axisus TDPRI Member

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    As I dubbed the guitar 'Angel' I stuck an Angel symbol on the back, and as a Manga fan, I also went for a cute Manga angel on the front. The front one looks cool as it shrunk perfectly into the tiny grain grooves of the body

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    The trem was bright chrome, so I dulled it down to more of a satin/nickel look. I cut slots into the trem posts for ease of adjustment.

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    I got a cool 'pre-rusted' jack socket from eBay. Lovely design, best I've seen on a tele style guitar.
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    Used my own 'not-yet-patented' numbered knobs, and once again, dulled the chrome down.
    5-way switch for 5 pup positions.
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    Bareknuckle nailbomb at the bridge, and a Tonerider rocksong in the neck (well dulled finish!). de-chromed the finish on the pup rings
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    One more last pic!
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    The neck was from a JS100. I had Robin at deadlight designs (UK) put an ebony fretboard on, a tree of life inlay and stainless steel frets. Plays like a peach!

    well, that's it done, not a guitar for everyone looks and style-wise but exactly what I wanted. I'm still not 100% sold on the neck pickup, and I'm pretty sure that I'm gonna try something different with the wiring as well, but it's super playable, and I am beside myself with joy at how well it has turned out!


    Right ....... onto the next project.
     
  3. ddhr

    ddhr Tele-Holic

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    Congrats and nice job!
     
  4. maple

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    Sickkkkkkk
     
  5. theGecko71

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    That's awesome! Nice job.
     
  6. NastyMojo

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    That is so awesome!!! I want one just like it except minus the graphics! Wow!
     
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    oramac7891 Friend of Leo's

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    I like it a lot. Very nice work.
     
  8. sparkletele123

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    Sleek build! What do the graphics mean?

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  9. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper Friend of Leo's

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    Not my style at all, but man is that thing slick. I really dig them knobs. Where can I get my grubby mitts on a set?
     
  10. vintage clubber

    vintage clubber Friend of Leo's

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    nice job! not a fan of the jem neck w/vine inlays though.
     
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    Nice job, it looks soooo damn cool:cool:
     
  12. john kleeman

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    Well done! I'm doing a parts caster with an Ibanez neck, too, but nothing this clever.
     
  13. Strat62

    Strat62 Friend of Leo's

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    Nice job, and I love that neck. Yer a man after my own heart-
     

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  14. axisus

    axisus TDPRI Member

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    Strat62: Nice guitar man! I bet that rocks out!

    Chippertheripper: The knobs I converted from regular ones. I've had quite a bit of interest in them from various places!
     
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    chippertheripper Friend of Leo's

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    Make me a set!
     
  16. Strat62

    Strat62 Friend of Leo's

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    Thanks! It does; the Gretschbuckers give it a unique tone. I call it "dirty twang", Lol!
     
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    Had I seen the specs without the pics I'd have thought, no thanks. But that looks fantastic.
     
  18. barney77

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    I love, love, love it mate.
    Excellent job.
     
  19. Scooter91

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    Beautiful work - how do you have the 5-way wired? Coil splits?
     
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    Love it.
     
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