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Nitro Tele Bodies in the UK?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by T00DEEPBLUE, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE TDPRI Member

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    Hi.

    Can anyone make recommendations as to who to go to in order to buy a nitro-finished tele body for a project I'm working on?

    Must be from the UK or Europe. And relic'd bodies are not allowed.

    I've tried searching myself but options are surprisingly limited so I want to get some feelers out.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. stefanhotrod

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    Talk to axecaster.uk.
    Gavin is a very nice guy and helpful.
     
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    Gear4music have some, there are loads on Ebay starting around 70 quid.
     
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    All the ones they have are either relic'd, are Esquire bodies or are out of stock.
    Can you link me to where you're getting these results? I've already searched but I can't find any results that fit my criteria.
     
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    If you just type Guitar Body in Ebays search box there are quite a few....i mean this one pictured is only 69 quid

    or go to Gear4music.com, they used to have a few but only Strats now I think looking at the site....
     

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    Mine came from Axecaster, but as you say it is a relic and I made it into an Esquire (it was routed as a Tele though). I haven't found any Nitro bodies for sale for anything less than the price of Axecaster and even those are mostly out of stock. A better choice of either unfinished bodies or poly finished ones, but it's almost at the point you may as well buy a whole (used) guitar and just modify it.

    I've just bought a new Player Jaguar today because I couldn't find suitable parts for any less than this cost me (with the fatter C shaped neck/9.5" radius). I will be modifying it into a 'Jagsquire', but will keep the original pickguard and electronics and just use parts I have in stock, plus a pickguard blank to make one that will look how I want it to.
     
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    Speak to this outfit.

    https://www.guitarbuild.co.uk/collections/guitar-bodies/tc-body?sort_by=

    There's some kind of arrangement with a guy in Spain. Bodies go from UK to Spain for nitro finish then on to the customer.

    I saw it mentioned on a German site, will see if I can find more details.
     
  8. T00DEEPBLUE

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    Where are you finding nitro-finished tele bodies for only £69? :confused:
    The reason for wanting a nitro finish is because I want the body to age gracefully. Which poly ones don't. I've already bought an Ampro rosewood neck and that's what this body is for.
    Thanks dude. I appreciate the research.
     
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    That’s why you should talk to him. I‘m sure he‘s able to get you a „closet classic“ body. Those bodies are high quality japanese made (Hosco) bodies with vintage specs, the finish is made by SC relics UK:

    https://screlics.co.uk/sc-relics-gallery/

    You can also get a nitro lacquered body directly from them.

    I‘ve ordered a medium relic body from him today, by the way.
    Keep away from cheap bodys!
     
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    You can just squirt rattle can nitro over slightly roughened poly to give a patina that ages well .I did a Fiesta red over a poly sunburst body and it took a while to gently wear down to some of teh burst underneath.
     
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    OK, gotcha. I did the reverse: An aged nitro body and a pristine poly neck, so I sanded the neck down and refinished it with tinted clear. I might try a body at some point, but CBA with getting thick poly off a body as the neck was bad enough. If I do one, I'll probably buy a bare body instead.
     
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    Any luthiers in your neck of the woods? They’re often happy to do a nitro finish, especially if it’s an ‘easier’ finish. Ask around or (hate to suggest it, but..) try Face****
     
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    Will look into it. Thank you.
    There is a luthier local to me and I'm waiting for their quote. But it's probably much more cost-effective to buy a body that's already been finished.
     
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    I’ve used SC Relics. Excellent.

    Also used Rexter Guitars for refinishing existing or unfinished bodies. Also excellent.
     
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    Having looked at their prices and the options they provide, SC Relics might actually be a really good option.

    I'll just need to ask if they'll do a non-relic'd body. Surely they can on request.
     
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    I don’t know about SC Relics but some of the finishers seem to avoid non relic finishes. I have assumed that is because of the difficulty in getting a perfect finish but maybe it is simply to do with demand. I’m currently looking to obtain a Tele body for a project so I’ve been checking out a number of options. The Axecaster bodies are a little too reliced for my taste and I can’t get excited by the colours left in stock. I may end up going the poly route for now.
     
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    Another option I might consider is Fidelity guitars in Ely. They will apparently nitro finish a supplied body for £295.
     
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    They do.
     
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    That’s silly money. By the time you pay postage as well.
     
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    That might be the price including stripping the old finish and It could be cheaper if an unfinished body is supplied. I haven't asked. I'm not sure the cost is particularly silly – the people at Fidelity are trying to make a living and the cost is what it is.

    For comparison, a finished Mexican Fender poly body (Alder rather than Ash nowadays) is £390
     
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