Opinion for my spalted maple top tele

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  1. CapnCrunch

    CapnCrunch Friend of Leo's

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    Wipe some naphtha on that top and take some pics with your pick guards. I like the black with the black spalt streaks. some Naphtha will show what the color of the top will be under finish which might clarify what looks best.
     
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    I'd go with no pickguard and put a P90 in the neck position.

    But that's just me.

    ;)
     
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  3. Matthias

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    Black Thinline works for me!
     
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    Naked!!

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  5. TheZ

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    Another +1 for black thinline, just suits it best in my opinion.
     
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  6. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

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    Thank you all for the suggestions and opinions.
    I agree that particular tort guard pretty much clashes with the top, but I have it lying around due to another aborted project.
    I can re-plug those holes with some of the original material, but I think they will still stand out too much. I'm going with the black thinline. I'm not a fan of the chrome rings for the neck pickup.
    Again, much appreciated! I'll try and follow with my progress.

    Edit to say the P90 in the neck position is a great suggestion, one I pondered between that and a mini humbucker. But I happened upon a great new Bill Lawrence set and I really want to try them.
     
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  7. perttime

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    Agreed that the thinline is the way to go if you go with a guard. For naked, I was thinking about covering the holes with buttons,stars, or cogs from a mechanical clock, or something along those lines.
     
  8. D_W_PGH

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    I'd go with the pickguard. I personally like the spalt that you have and with some finish, it'll be set off nicely.

    Some of the overdone spalts remind me of rotten wood (since that's what they are) and are overdone. Remind me of splitting wood as a kid and having a round fly apart because it's further along the spalt than you expected.
     
  9. telepraise

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    I think both the curves and color of the black guard compliment the spalted wood better. I'd say the wood justifies naked but you have to consider wear. Spalted wood generally is softer and may not hold up well. A tough, catalyzed finish would make naked a more viable choice. I put a black guard on my partscaster and was surprised how fast it picked up scratches from the pick, didn't realize I was thrashing that deeply.

    You sold all your clamps? Yikes, sounds like an act of desperation for a woodworker! Really nice piece of wood, BTW- it's gonna be great whichever way you go.
     
  10. telemnemonics

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    I'd agree that the tort isn't the best color and pattern match.
    But while the thinline guard covers some of the nice grain, it also flows and complements some of the grain pattern, looks like it belongs there.
    I don't think the grain between bridge and neck is very attractive, so it would not fit my no guard expectations.
    A standard guard in other than tort might look fine too, but overall the thinline color an shape looks very nice.
    A finish on it may call for another color though...
     
  11. hopdybob

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    this is way cool, but i don't know if the pickupring will affect the sound, but if, than transparent ring
     
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    I've done naked in the past, so I am a fan in general. However, if it were me deciding on this particular guitar, the thinline black feels right. The lines and color tie in nicely, it hides the plugs, and in any case, the money figure is towards the bottom of the guitar. There's less going on under the pickups section. But I don't think there's a wrong choice here.
     
  13. bullfrogblues

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    I made my choice of the black pickguard, and was able to finish all the cavities today and do a mockup. I had to add a piece in the neck pocket because it was too deep. All is ready now except for all the sanding before I clear coat. I don't think I'll add any toners, but I might do a thin coat of Z-poxy to fill some worm holes and other imperfections of the spalt.
    here is the mockup with the pickguard and the pickups, pots and switch. It weighs in at 5 lb 9.6 oz without the tuners. I'm hoping it doesn't have neck dive.
    Blackguard mock-up.jpg
     
  14. bullfrogblues

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    I forgot to add that the Lawrence pickups are:
    L250TB in the bridge
    L280TN in the neck
     
  15. otterhound

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    Black bridge and control cover . Dowels hidden by some sort of simple and classy inlay . A bit of MOP would work well with a maple piece . Don't know how thick the maple top is , but next time make a template and use it to locate your alignment dowels blindly . In other words , there is no reason to have to drill through the top the entire way . No guard/cover , keep her naked .
     
  16. perttime

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    That should also further stabilize the spalt which is often more fragile than healthy wood.
     
  17. 1bad914

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    +1 on the black Thinline guard. Naked would be better, but the holes would drive me crazy. Love that top.
     
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    Thank you! That is my final decision. I could plug the holes with some leftover spalt, but I would always see them. Which wouldn't be that bad in the long run.
     
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    Gorgeous!
     
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    Nothing just the Wood

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