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Latest tele project. Hoping for “Wal-E #2”

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by 4pickupguy, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    My latest tele project is inspired by my number 1 guitar which I call Wal-E, because, well, its from Walmart. I picked it off the rack at a pawn shop a little over a year ago. It was uber light (Basswood) and rang like a bell, so I bought it to use as a test bed. It instantly became my #1.
    I have a new ‘4-pickup’ set from Rob DiStefano (Cavalier) and want to try to recreate Wal-E’s magic using a Paulowina body from guitar Fetish and parts from my Warmoth tele.
    So far, using the music box test its even louder and livelier than Wal-E. Very stoked. I will call this one ‘Eva’!

    Very solid and tight neck interface using a Warmoth solid, one piece rosewood neck.
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    I like the look of the Warmoth roasted maple and ebony neck better, but it belongs to Wal-E.
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    Cracked the finish and removed finish to sorta match Wal-Es.
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  2. Nubs

    Nubs Friend of Leo's

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    The 1-piece rosewood neck looks great with the seafoam. I'm going to be getting a new neck for my surf green strat soon and the 1-piece might do the trick.

    Thanks for posting! Looks great so far!
     
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  3. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Cut a pickgaurd for “Eve” this afternoon.
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    Then it occured to me I could make one with a volume knob located a little closer to where the music gets made. How goofy does this look (yes, I know the real answer is “not as dumb as all those pickups”) as a pickgaurd? The volume knob placement is my only complaint on a Tele..
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    Wal-E is hanging on the wall getting nervous. I can tell he likes "Eva", but he's trying to be cool,.. by not saying anything...
     
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  4. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Spent the day getting "Eva" structurally sound and adjusted. This rosewood neck has not seen tension in some time so its settling in.
    Tomorrow the arduous task of wiring it up. My first Paulowina guitar and some acoustic observations. Acoustically, its as loud as Basswood but I dont detect as many low end freqs. Paulowina, at least THIS Paulowina is lighter than Wal-E's Basswood body but seems much stiffer. I like the thumpyness of Basswood, I am hopeful and confident she'll sound great. Speaking of sound, this is a new 4-pickup set wound by Rob DiStefano of Cavalier Pickups. Lionking neck (bone stock and my favorite pickup of all time). Two 15% tapped SRV Tiger Strat pickups which he made to work fantastically in this weird application. Finally, I asked Rob to wind a Nocaster pickup to a few clicks shy of a quarter pounders output. She is being built to rock, so, I am curious to find out how that beast sounds.... knowing Rob, I bet I can still coax some twang out of her...
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  5. El Tele Lobo

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    Wow! Another very cool build. You had me at Cavaliers…
     
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    Lefty Addams Tele-Afflicted

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    good grief ....
     
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    Four pickups! I feel faint...
     
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  8. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Hard to look at isnt she.... I hope you hadnt just eaten...


    Cognitive dissonance in tele form, its sorta like this:

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  9. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    4F7440EF-9B4E-4B18-B880-4B6EB6FEF0F7.jpeg I ordered a blemished Fiesta Red paulownia tele body. Since I have all the cnc programs from the previous seafoam green build,(Eva) it should go smoothly. I am using the blemish as an excuse to relic it as the finish on these bodies cracks with dry ice very nicely. I am toying with the idea of making it with a trem bridge. It was $44 bucks so after I put in about $1200 of my labor, I’ll be square in my comfort zoneo_O. These things sound great but they not for the faint of heart. I had to re-cut the neck pocket, adjust the pickup routes and cut a custom pick guard to fit.

    ... and yes, its getting 4 pickups...
     
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    So how did the green one ever turn out? Did you post it all finished up somewhere?
     
  11. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Well hellopike, thanks for asking.... She turned out like this:

     
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    Wow...beautiful.
     
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    Nice work and nice playing @4pickupguy ! I don’t recall if it is mentioned in this thread, but what do the two switches control exactly?
     
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  14. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Many thanks!

    The pickups are:

    Custom Nocaster Cavalier "Ludicrous" Lion bridge

    Two Cavalier Tigers (tapped 15%) about 7k

    Cav Lion King neck (stock wind, nickel cover)

    Rob makes the best!!!

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    It’s setup like a two humbucker guitar.

    Both 5-way switches work the same way.

    The ‘blue’ switch operates the 2 bridge pups

    From the most neckward position:

    1. Off
    2. Bridge and Strat1 in paralell (Strat1 full coil)
    3. Strat only (full coil)
    4. Bridge and Strat1 in series (strat tapped 15% to avoid huge bass/volume boost)
    5. Bridge
    The ‘red’ switch operates the 2 neck pups

    From the bridgeward position:

    1. Off
    2. Neck and Strat2 in paralell (Strat2 full coil)
    3. Strat only (full coil)
    4. Neck and Strat2 in series (strat tapped 15% to avoid huge bass/volume boost)
    5. Neck
    There are twenty something combos between the two switches. To be able to go directly from any setting to the neck pup only. I slap the volume knob (White push/push) and it bypasses the two switches and turns the neck pup on. Slap it again and its back to whatever the switches are set to.

    I use all the sounds when recording and about 6 or 7 live. My favorite sounds are:

    1. Bridge and Strat in paralell (truly best of both and no woofyness)
    2. Bridge and strat in series (VERY strong and midrangy)
    3. Neck
    4. Neck and Bridge
    5. Bridge
    6. Neck, Bridge and Strat1 (para)
    7. Neck and Strat2 series (sounds 335ish)
    8. All paralell
    All this would drive most folks nuts, and, most folks think I'm nuts. It covers every sound I need and want and then some. I have two guitars like this.


    Thanks for the tags and thank you mainly for not pointing and laughing!

    ~Fletch~
     
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    cleanheadsteve Tele-Meister

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    i'm 49% jealous of that chime monster and 51% jealous of ur playing. so there ....
     
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    Good grief, what a sound! Beautiful playing as well. May I ask: which of the 20-something combos were you using for that video? Looked like (bridge + Strat 1 series) + (neck + Strat 2 series)?
     
  17. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Thx! All four in parallel. That one records well but needs a bit of compression live because its so scooped. Every tune but one on our Sound Cloud page was recorded with one of my guitars with this pickup configurations. Groove Farm, Little Wing, But First Cut The Yellow Wire, have some of the most different pickup sounds.
    Telepath was recorded with a standard two pickup tele.
    Telepath 2019 was re-recorded with Eva.

    Here is a video using #2 Wal-E:


    Here is one featuring Cole (my #3 black one) Strat neck pickup (3rd) and 1-2-3 parallel.
     
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