I'm having my next Christmas present built

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Sparky2, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    A good friend of mine is an amp builder, effects pedal builder, and an overall master craftsman and electrician.

    He's been on me about buying his home-built Telecaster, but I told him that, though I do love it, the neck is just a bit chunky, it's only got the one (bridge position) pickup, and it's too heavy for my tastes.

    Just yesterday he said, "Okay then, commission me to build you your ideal Telecaster".

    I pondered that for a minute, and then replied, "Yessir, that sounds good. I'm thinking maple fingerboard, British racing green, traditional two-pickup configuration, and get it as light in weight as you possibly can".

    This is the inspiration, and the Tele on the right is just about what I want it to look like when he's done.

    :)
    car and tele.png

    i'm pretty sure I will have him put his Zombie Tech logo on the headstock, instead of having the 'Fender' decal applied. I don't ever want to try and fool anybody.

    ;)
     
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    Sounds good!
    But "as light as possible" in a Tele would be something like 5lbs of neck dive.
    Might ding and dent easily as well.
    Is that desirable?
    Cool color, should be more common.
     
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    Merry Christmas !
     
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    Have a great Christmas - present! :cool:
     
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    Good catch;
    I guess, "as light as possible without inducing neck-dive" would be more like it.

    I'll work with him carefully on that, I reckon.
    :)
     
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    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I love my two sub 7lb swamp ash Teles, but also really want a chambered body at some point...
    Given that a 4lb body generally makes a 7lb Tele, I'd go maybe as low as 3lbs on the body if using traditional light weight Gotoh Kluson style tuners.

    I pretty much only play my light weight guitars any more...
     
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    Very Cool!
    Ho ho ho! (Christmas humor - not being disrespectful)
     
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    Roasted maple might take care of the neck dive.
     
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    You are reading my mind, that's exactly what I want for the neck wood. :)
     
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    "Neck dive"?
     
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    If you play guitar standing with a strap, in general a guitar will want to slide the strap over your shoulder to either make the body or the headstock head towards the floor. (Unless you're extremely and it balances perfectly) If the headstock wants to swing down then its called neck dive and a lot of people loathe it.
     
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    Solaris moon Tele-Meister

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    AHhh.....Sorry! It's late and my eyes are getting blurry. I need to get to bed. We're expecting a repairman to come to the house tomorrow (today?) to fix the sqeaking dryer bearings. Well, good night to all......
     
  13. etype

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    Can't argue against using a car as an inspiration for a custom guitar! Sadly, I had to settle for a 60s Ford metallic blue as Warmoth doesn't offer 1960s GM Firemist Blue (this car was repainted early on).



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    Ft. Wayne...is that where Sweetwater is located? If so, that makes me jealous.
     
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    Great minds think alike! I put together a Sherwood Green maple neck Cooder-Tele based on my British Racing Green MGB

    Here’s the car:

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    Here’s the Tele:

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    Looking forward to seeing yours come Christmas!
     
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    Wow!

    Just beautiful. Both the car and the guitar!:)
     
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    May I suggest a humbucker/ Fender Widerange in the neck position? Also, I think you've got your heart set on BRG but take a look at Lake Placid Blue, my personal favourite.JMHO.
    Anyway, you get what YOU want as it will be your go to guitar. May I suggest a Mighty MIte neck as they are cheap, Fender Licensed, and fit like a glove in a proper Tele Body. Modern C shape and about 20-21mm. at the first fret. I bought one ( 21 frets) and didn't even need to sand it to size.
     
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    I have a 6 lb 6 oz Tele. The neck does seem a bit like it wants to head for the floor, but part of that is caused by my hanging on to it with my fretting hand -- it is hard to hold your arm up for long periods of time. So I am not sure a lighter neck will completely solve it. The reason Telecasters are more susceptible to it is basic geometry. The short upper bout means the fulcrum (strap attachment point) is closer to the center of gravity. Here is what I have found helps:
    1) Lightweight tuning keys
    2) Dunlop strap locks move the strap attachment point out about 1/2"
    3) Leather strap with suede or rough leather side that can grip your shirt.
    4) And yes, a roasted maple neck would help too.
     
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    Yes. I live about ten minutes drive away. I live on the south end of Hell, down in the ghetto! I jump onto Ardmore Ave. and take it straight to Leesburg Rd. I take a right at Kroemer (pronounced Kramer) Rd. I cross over California Rd. and it's on the left side after a few seconds passing the shipping company on the right. Maybe I'll take some pictures, and post them here sometime this week.

    Sorry to be off topic. And my experience with Ratmoth is that they suck! I now understand why Tommy (Rosemund) left them to start his own company. Yeah, Ratmoth has been around for a while, but they aren't the best, just one of the most well known companies. They won't do total custom construction - only what their CNC machines, and staff can do with regular modular parts. They STILL owe me money!
     
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    It sounds like he should build you the amp of your dreams.
     
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