Joe Strummer Partscaster Build

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  1. Myeek

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    Bossaholic,
    Good point. The Joe pic up top was Joe's tele before paint. Only a reference for predamage. I think it's awesome, but I agree about the Ignore Aliens Stickers.

    This is about what I am going for.

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    A little cleaner.

    I think that's a six-saddle? Any idea if those are Klusons or F-Tuners?

    Does the bridge PU look white?

    Thanks,
    -Mike
     
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    Bang bang, go the boots on the floor..

    A primer on um primer.
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    I spent a few days making a paint jig, and abandoned it for 3 red cups.
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    -Mike
     
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    The classic Fender technique is to nail a wooden stick to the inside of the neck pocket (small nails, between the screw holes). Makes it easy to handle, if you drill a hole in it you can hang it to dry.
     
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    Groovey, thanks for posting that.
    My favorite elements of this pic:
    - Missing headstock decal - According to YOG '66, decals did not have clearcoat protection.

    - Exposed unburst finish between bridge and pickguard. - Makes me think the bridge was taped up during paint application.

    - Paint is missing around the top right pick guard screw. I noticed when I presanded my attached pick guard that the areas around the screws were depressed, and weren't getting sanded. So it makes sense paint wouldn't stick there.

    One question I seriously have is in a lot of the black and white reference pics I have, the bridge pickup looks white. I just can't tell if it's white, if Joe primered the bridge, or if it's light reflecting off of a black PU in a B&W photo.



    Thanks,
    Mike
     
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    MatthewK,
    Thanks for the pointer about nails. I'll use that.

    I was having fun geeking out on the YOG History of Telecasters DVD, and they talked about the paint stick for earlier Teles, and I thought it was mentioned that Fender switched to conduit sometime during the 60's. The video I have ends in the late 60's, and I am not sure what Fender uses today. Are they using wood? What's cool about a wooden paint stick, is it would allow more bite on the stick side, because conduit is really thin hammered out.

    This idea popped into my head before work last week. It helped me to kill time while waiting for parts. Basically a saw horse, which would allow me to rotate.

    I held off on flattening the conduit until the body arrived. Body mounts on the right.
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    Conduit flattened:
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    Thanks again,
    -Mike
     
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    First coat of black.

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    Probably should have let it dry more before holding it like this..
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    -Mike
     
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    Real interesting!
    I have seen pics of Tele bridge pickups that are that white'ish color.
    I could be corrosion from the pole pieces or discoloration from sweat, salt, humidity, dust and grime building up on the fibreboard flatwork of the pickup.
    Cool stuff so far.
     
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    Oh, and uh...CLANG CLANG, GO THE JAIL GUITAR DOORS.
     
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    I'm thinking its an oxidized cheapo chrome cover in this photo it seems clean.

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    Groovey, again that's a fantastic pic.

    I am putting the link to this pic as I don't have permissions to publish. A funny thing, is for the longest time I thought the guitar might have been blue. I color balanced it to black-ish a while back as best I could with my cheapo software.
    http://www.strummerguitar.com/images/410_JoeStrummer002.jpg

    Reason for the cropped photos, is not to be a jerk, but I'm not wanting to infringe on someone else's stuff.

    I was wondering why Joe went with a white strat tip? Figured, he lost his. Do tips, really fall off? Then after seeing these contrasty pics of Joe's bridge PU, I was wondering if he had a white strat bridge pickup or if it were painted and the white I see is actually gray.

    White Strat Tip:
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    Image of the bridge pickup:
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    I have more pics, but I'll leave it at this.

    -Mike
     
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    I can't get that out of my head now. haha.
     
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    Looking good. As you can see from my signature, I'm not a fan of artificial relics, but I can respect a heartfelt tribute to Joe.

    "We're a garage band...

    We come from Garageland..."
     
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    Thanks Nadzab.
    I agree with your sig. I respect the Telecaster. My final version should be young enough to have the hardware in decent shape. Although Joe's Tele was reported not to have the best sound, I'm deviating from this and hoping for excellent sound quality. So for me, less is more on the relicing, and performance is king. I'll rough the edges up a hair, but it will be pretty clean compared to most versions. I just hope I can pull it off. I can hear the pros wince at my greenness when I type, but hopefully I'll prove that I care about what I am doing.

    -Mike
     
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    I think you should ignore what "the pros" or anyone else says (including me!) and carry on the way YOU want to do it - you've done great so far and you appear to have a definite idea, good solid attitude, are open to advice and care about your end result. You'll do good.
     
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    nice project, heres mine:
     

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    Thanks Funff. :) I really appreciate it.
     
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    Holy Moly A Wobblin - That's a beauty! (would love to see the top edge and back side, and to hear your story.)
     
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