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Pine Tele with a twist

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by TX_Slinger, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. TX_Slinger

    TX_Slinger Tele-Meister

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    Posted some pics on the pickup thread already but here it goes. 1st body I've put together, finished it up this week. Built from some 200+ year old pine 2x4's i had laying around ( old growth pine salvaged from a 100 year old house that was demolished). No stain was used, just tung oil. The variations in color are from exposed/newly exposed wood differences. Neck from "Guitar Flow" on Reverb that, for $79, was an outstanding value. No leveling needed, just fret polishing. Came with a bone nut. Gretschbucker pickup set for $30 off Reverb also. The pickups are very "Shawbucker" sounding, definitely has the Tele deluxe vibe as far as tone. Kind of a Cabronita/deluxe hybrid.

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    Pics were prior to me intonating and setting up the bridge, hence the wonky saddles.

    Wood prior to assembly:

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  2. Telecastoff1

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    Cool looking Tele
     
  3. TX_Slinger

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    Since studwood was still only 1 5/8" back then, i took the surfaces down carefully with a belt sander and kept it to 1.5", which resulted in a pretty reasonable weight.
     
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    Nice job. Interesting build for sure.
     
  5. Phrygian77

    Phrygian77 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    How's the weight? My back can't take my heart pine Esquire anymore.
     
  6. El Tele Lobo

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    Awesome! I dig it. Can we see a close-up pic of the controls? Really like those knobs and want to see what's going on with your switch. Nice work!

    Yes, how is the weight? And how does it SOUND?
     
  7. SomeGuyNamedRob

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    Looks awesome. Love the little chips and dents in the body. Curious to hear some sound clips.
     
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  8. TX_Slinger

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    6.5-7# is my guess, will weigh later. Weight is helped by being .25" thinner than modern tele's.

    There's a little Bohemian heritage in this one ;). The knobs look good but are fairly cheap and use set screws from Amazon. I may replace with Fender Custom press on knobs since i have split shaft pots. Bourns no-load tone, CTS volume, switchcraft toggle. Apparently output jacks are unobtanium right now. Amazon lost my first order (Pure Tone) and GC was out of all brands. One nice GC manager pilfered one for me from the tech station. I'm using a poly 022uf cap.

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    Just setup a new Soundcloud account and will get some clips up today. The hammer marks are from when the house was built in the 1920's as evidenced by the raised grain inside the divots.

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  9. Dana Rudd

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    Looks good, great job.
     
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    Man thats pretty sweet!
     
  12. guitarmikey

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    I still say that pine Teles sound awesome!
    Made at least 10 from reclaimed pine, from old treehouses and so on, most of them no paint, only natural or linseed oil. Just go on!
     

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  13. TX_Slinger

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    The P90 with RW board one is my favorite of those.
     
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  14. Peegoo

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    That looks great!

    The color front and back resembles cedar or perhaps redwood. Very nice.
     
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    Did some research and the house it came from was under seawater from storm surge in two hurricanes. Not sure how that contributed to the coloration and density of the wood.
     
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  16. El Tele Lobo

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    Thanks for posting! The link doesn't seem to be working, though.
     
  17. TX_Slinger

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    Believe I got it fixed...
     
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  18. El Tele Lobo

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    That's a nice sounding tele! Enjoy!
     
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    I really like the finish. Pretty amazing that it's just tung oil.
     
  20. guitarmikey

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    Giess what?
    That one is a keeper, others gone away... just because of that “aged holes” I call it WormsDelight!
     
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