Putting together a Pinecaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by wemedge, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. wemedge

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    Hiya all:

    Just got this off ebay:

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    and will use this neck:

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    What do y'all think of the body? I plan to finish it with a transparent, clear, slightly amber finish, sealing with de-waxed shellac.

    I don't know the build quality of the body yet, but I got it pretty cheap, so am taking a chance. I love the knots and imperfections.

    cheers
    wemedge
     
  2. Suttykins

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    This is exactly what I've been thinking about doing recently, knock together a really stripped down but well playing pine esquire.

    That body looks great.. going to be a looker for sure.

    I'm keeping my eye on this one, good luck! :D
     
  3. wemedge

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    Thanks!

    I've got a bakelite pickguard, Callaham compensated brass saddles, Fender bridgeplate, and a set of Fralins (I know it's an Esquire neck :D, but I'll go tele for now). Also have a set of Fender OV pickups, not sure which ones to go with yet.
     
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    Looks great, nice grain lines! Should sound as good as it looks. Looking forward to it finished...
     
  5. Bush Wiebe

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    YES! I love it!! Good luck with the build, I'll be watching :D Looks a bit like mine. Sooooo good!
     

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    Thanks for posting yours! Very nice, without a pickguard. How did you do your finish?
     
  7. Glen Smith

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    That looks like a pitch pocket on the back. If it is, you will want to seal that very well so it doesn't bleed through the finish.
     
  8. wemedge

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    Thanks, what do you suggest. I was going to use de-waxed shellac to seal.
     
  9. Glen Smith

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    No pro here, I used shellac on pine pitch pockets on an outdoor structure and the stain peeled off in those areas after just one year. I will be checking to see what solution is proposed by those with experience.
     
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    You are planning on putting the shellac under the finish, right? De-waxed shellac is a primer/sealer. Seal the pitch pocket/knot with water thin CA (superglue), then it won't bleed through :)
     
  11. Bush Wiebe

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    Mine was finished with a hand-rubbed amber wood dye. Unfortunately, I don't have any skill with these kinds of things and I had mine built for me, so I won't be much help to you except to sit by and watch jealously:D. Would love to do my own someday though. But that amber dye looks beautiful, it turned out very blonde. I'm very happy with mine.
     
  12. wemedge

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    Correct. Using a harder finish on top of the de-waxed shellac. Thanks for the superglue suggestion also!

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  13. wemedge

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    Well, the body arrived today. I've started the prep. It need fine sanding, sealing, etc. Checked measurements, fit and finish; all is good. Neck pocket fits the neck just fine.

    I'm probably a freak, but I really like the imperfections, esp the mineral streak. Sealing the pitch pocket and mineral streak now with de-waxed shellac. I plan to do a clear poly on top. Going to be a pretty rustic pine tele.
     
  14. wemedge

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    Done for now!

    Put a bone nut on the Esquire neck, dressed the frets for a falloff on the higher registers.

    I'm not happy that the ferrule holes were not drilled straight, but since the body was really cheap, I can put up with it for now (will rectify that in the near future, probably with a tone bar). What a shame, because it is a really nice sounding guitar. I would have scrapped it and gone for another body otherwise.

    In the meantime, I'll tell myself that it's vintage-correct, like the butt-crack. :D

    Sorry for the crappy pics (no camera this weekend):

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    It's no Kirn, but it will serve me well until I get one.

    wemedge
     
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  15. Bush Wiebe

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    Yeah baby! Love it!!!
     
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