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New Build - Blue Flame Tele

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by MuleHead, Dec 25, 2020.

  1. MuleHead

    MuleHead TDPRI Member

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    Hey there TDPRI - I've been a long time lurker and appreciated all the great threads on builds over the years. I haven't done a build in a while and never owned a tele. I was going to do a 'cheap' tele build....Well...famous last words. I tried several brands of dye and different mediums - water, alcohol, lacquer thinner. TransTint black and blue in water worked the best for this project. Apologies for my cluttered work bench.

    Some testing samples:

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    The alder back did not take stain well, so I'm thinking of doing a sonic blue solid back - not sure though. Mohawk nitro for the natural binding and will use that throughout. I will use several coats of clear first, then use sanding sealer to level / flat sand and get a very thin finish. Gets a little risky during polishing but worth the effort. I may sand this back a bit and get a faded 'blue jean' look to it, but this is pretty close to what i want. IMG_3860.jpeg

    Found this body on ebay and did some digging...turns out the gentleman is a solid luthier and wanting to support small business, I also purchased a neck from him that will be here in about a month. Body is fully chambered, Alder back, 3 lbs 12oz. Have a cool Walla Walla outlaw x bridge, Mojo 4 way kit and thanks to the recommendations here, went with a Cavalier set of pickups. (Had a great conversation with Rob...what a nice fellow!) Nashville / Lion King set. All Gotoh parts otherwise, and a trick Reverend 3 string tree.

    Hope everyone has a safe Christmas holiday!
     
  2. Festofish

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    Nice job! Looks great!
     
  3. donrichfan

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    Cool build! Merry Christmas.
     
  4. Gardo

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    Wild color, looking great
    Merry Christmas
     
  5. eallen

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    Love it! Keep the picks coming!
     
  6. t-ray

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    Welcome to the forum. Members here are super nice and very helpful. Keep up posted as you make progress. And the blue flame looks great.
     
  7. nicknklv

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    Man, that finish is killer! What color hardware are you going to go for?
     
  8. wevard

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    That finish surely looks cool!
    It’s true the members are nice. I just posted something and I’ve received a lot of kind messages. Your work certainly deserves all the praise.
     
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  9. MuleHead

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    Thank you all for the kind words!

    I have most everything bought in aged nickle, but the neck pickup didn't have that option and that bridge in the first pic is really aged...much more than the rest. Well built though, heavy and no sharp edges.

    The wife bought me a set of SD La Brea's for Christmas, so I guess this one won't be the last... :)
     
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    Nice job. Good luck with it. Merry everything.
     
  11. 39martind18

    39martind18 Friend of Leo's

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    That finish and top are (sea) sick! Lotsa purty blue waves!
     
  12. MuleHead

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    New Pics - Clear and sanding sealer. I did sand the color back a bit as they all get a bit darker with clear.
    Will let it set a day or two and then flat sand. Looks very 3d and alive when it's wet...should look good polished.

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  13. Coloradotwanger

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    That is just so gorgeous!
     
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    Nice work. I like the more muted blue you did much better than the really bright blues. Very classy. I'd leave the back au naturel.
     
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    When you have a nicely figured piece of maple for me it is very hard to color it. I try and try but almost always go back to a light burst fading to the natural color so as not to distract from the natural wood. I have three bodies soon to be finished and still having a difficult time deciding to color them.
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    What a great thread, thank you for posting @MuleHead

    I can't wait to see more!
     
  17. MuleHead

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    Well that worked out well! Thanks for the tip - this is clear over the back...looks great!

    Happy New Year everyone!
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  18. MuleHead

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    That's a great looking dulcimer! love the F-holes. Very unique!

    You don't really know what each top is going to look like, which is kind of the fun part. I get a lot of ideas from Tom Anderson's site...he has great color samples. I'd like to figure out how he gets that key lime color....off the hook!

    The natural binding turned out ok for the most part, but there are a few small mistakes.

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    I see you are in North Carolina. I get my wormy reclaimed chestnut from an old gentleman who calls himself the Chest"Nut". I love a guitar with a story. Reclaimed chestnut comes with it own story. Chestnut was as common as oak in the US in the early 1900s. A blight destroyed 99 percent of all American Chestnut in the U.S. in the early 1900s. The only American Chestnut you can get now is reclaimed...Mainly from old barns from your part of the country. If you come across any don't pass it up! If interested do a search on this site for some great examples of teles in wormy chest nut. Here are two of mine.
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  20. Macrogats

    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    MuleHead - I absolutely love what you’ve done with that guitar. But pleeeeese - don’t put a pg on it...??
     
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