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Is there a “preferred” grain pattern on Teles?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dscottyg, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

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    On fender style guitars I generally prefer a solid color, or a very plain alder body. Not a fan of ash grain in 99% of cases. Just looks like cheap stair tread to me.

    I only like flame maple on a PRS. And mostly it’s got to be the super skinny and straight kind. The only guitars I’ve ever liked quilt maple on are BC Rich Mockingbirds, and Jerry’s Wolf.

    Don’t generally like flame tops on Les Pauls. When I bought mine, one of the reasons I chose it was because it had the plainest top of any of the models in stock.

    I do like birds eye necks. Birds eye maple is really cool.

    I once called PRS to see if they’d build me a plain top McCarty. The guy on the phone told me no. He also told me that’s not what they do. And he wasn’t all that nice about it. He got a little nicer when I assured him it was not a prank call, and I was 100% serious. But not a lot nicer. It was kinda funny.
     
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  2. Mur

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    I like the grain pattern on Clarence's !
     
  3. Cicada Nation

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    Yeah! Grain!
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    I like them all. IMG_20210103_112004.jpg
    My humble CV.
     
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  6. Gas4Teles

    Gas4Teles TDPRI Member

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    This grain. Fender American FSR Telecaster. Nitro finish.

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  7. Mike M

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    Your BSB is perfect, just gorgeous
     
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    mmannaxx Tele-Meister

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    This is my reclaimed cedar caster using cedar from a 1970s house. 16113347277221429993674102924916.jpg
     
  9. gb Custom Shop

    gb Custom Shop TDPRI Member

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    Here's my take on a butterscotch Tele. I like the grain to show on the front and back, but opaque-ish on the edges. I tinted the grain filler to accentuate the ash figure a bit. 20210109_113142.jpg 20210109_113405.jpg 20210109_113313.jpg
     
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    That's literally what I'm going for on my next build, just perhaps a different pickguard colour (thinking mint green!) And with the 3 barrel saddles (compensated of course!) Thanks for sharing!
     
  11. BradL

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    Not strictly by the rules -this is a quilt maple top- but putting it out these cos I like wood grains Teles.

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  12. Deed

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    Here a Sen Ash body from an ´80s MIJ Fernandes, will have a butterscotch nitro finish and a ´08 Fender Mex one piece maple neck.
     

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    I built this one for my son for Christmas. 3 piece body. 20201223_114154.jpg 20201223_114323.jpg
     
  14. M2roadwarrior

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    4BB59B1A-D694-48AF-B5FD-F12A26026FFE.jpeg 8D6465FB-406C-4BE2-911F-F203D0F8F787.jpeg I have a blonde with a nice ash
     
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    Yeah. Twangy.
     
  16. Maguchi

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    I like the bridges with the straight instead of angled bridge pickup. Haven't seen that before. Is that custom made by you, or something that's available in the aftermarket?
     
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    This is gorgeous. To my disappointment, there wasn't a photo of the whole body in the other thread either.
     
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    My preferred....
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    Burled Ash.
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    C60D15F5-BB13-4FB2-A2AB-DE22AB166E1E.jpeg This is my build, in progress.
    It’s Ambrosia Maple. I picked this, because of its figuring.
     
  20. dscottyg

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    Great post with that picture.
     
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