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Reclaimed piney

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by crisscrosscrash, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. crisscrosscrash

    crisscrosscrash Tele-Meister

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    So I was up at the family cottage last weekend to help my Dad with the end of season close-up, and we needed some scrap 2x4s to help nail down some tarps... He goes under the house and grabs some AMAZING 100+yr old doug fir 2x4s (like actual 2x4s -- exactly 2" by 4"), and was about to use them for scrap until I saved them for a tele!

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    Wanted to try and leave the top with the patina intact, but couldn't really figure out a way to do it, so went ahead and planed and glued up a blank and cut out the body:

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    Filled the major cracks with some ebony filler and epoxy, routed the cavities and started with some tru-oil:

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    I have a Lollar p90 that's been burning a whole in my drawer for a while, and an SD Broadcaster on the way, purchased from a fellow TDPRI member -- only question left for this body is pick guard or no?
    I was thinking maybe a Cabronita style guard to show off more of the knotty goodness... can't decide...

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    Maybe something like that??
     
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  2. Clint Walker

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    That looks great man!
     
  3. absurdocaster

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    Cool find and a great family heirloom. Well done. A definite yes on the carbonita style guard - leave that wood to be seen!!!!
     
  4. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Afflicted

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    I say yes to the Tele tort guard.
     
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  5. callasabra

    callasabra Tele-Afflicted

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    I vote no pg. That wood is too awesome to hide.
     
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  6. trev333

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    you'll need a PG with DF... a clear one maybe?...my first build was made from a DF rafter I got for free at the scrapyard....

    It's had a lot of use....I didn't put all those marks on there...I'll spring for some, though....:rolleyes:

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  7. reddy2300

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    +1 for no PG. Thing looks awesome. You don't come by that sort of character very often. Put a PG on your next build.

    (Does he have any more of that wood? ;))
     
  8. unfamous

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    No PG
     
  9. guitarbuilder

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    A tele needs a pickguard to look complete. There's plenty of character to be seen around the standard parts.... YMMV.
     
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  10. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    that is simply beautiful...with or without a pickguard... I do plenty of the Barn Busters without.. some just prefer the look of very old wood over that of very new plastic...

    Keep on, keeping on.. you're on track big time...

    Ron Kirn
     
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    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    I love it dude, but no pg for me either. Too nice to cover.
     
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    Yes....either tortoise or clear pickguard. IT IS A BEAUTY !!!!
     
  13. NotAnotherHobby

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    I'm on the fence with the pick guard. I don't like pick guards in general when it comes to interesting grain or colors (I like simple and clean). BUT, I'm thinking that a tort pg would look decent, especially with the character of the grain. There is lots of color variation in the wood that I think a would line up well.
     
  14. crisscrosscrash

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    Thanks for the kind words and advice everyone! I kind of agree with guitarbuilder that a tele wants a pickguard of some sort to look complete. The first tele I made I did with no PG to show off the wood, but recently I put a PG on it after all.

    I thought I liked the tort guard on the dark brown that the wood was originally - not loving it on the honeyed colour it is now. I roughed out a one ply black cabronita style which seems about right to my eye. Still deciding though.

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  15. Macrogats

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    That's the ticket pg wise. Would be all I'd do.
     
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    pickguard, no-pickguard it's inconsequential! I got to say though, I rarely disagree with anything guitarbuilder says, A tele needs a pickguard like a fish needs a bicycle, not that I hate them, but you aren't probably going to dig a hole through your tele in a lifetime of playing, ala willy nelson. Everybody quit bike shedding and let the dream be created!!

    This looks great so far, I love the oversized fb dots. Are they ebony? Please tell us a little about the neck. you just kinda snuck it in there without so much as a whisper or a nod.
     
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    That looks great! With or without pickguard this is going to be a real fine looking guitar.
     
  18. Macrogats

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    That's a good point. Those dots appear huge!
     
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    Here's my next 2 cents worth... the need...as in the aesthetic...not the physical need.... When you are used to seeing a pickguard on them for 60+ years it just looks like something is missing to me. Those pickup rings around the pickup just don't cut it.... at least in my house. :)
     
  20. DrASATele

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    That's sexy! I love reclaimed pine and fir!
     
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