"Shark" build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by beerguy, Apr 1, 2019.

  1. galaxiex

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    I really like this, such a cool build. :cool:
     
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  2. darren7

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    That is ridiculously awesome!
     
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  3. beerguy

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  4. beerguy

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    Got it assembled today. At first I got no sound (!), so I double-checked the GFS plug-in pickup connections; sure enough, I didn't have them pushed in far enough. Those little plugs look fragile, but they can take some force. And I may need to get some short intonation springs for the G and low E saddles to set that up better.

    Went together easily, and I love those Surf 90s. They have a great sound, less gritty than a P90, but more clear than a humbucker and a lot of range among the 3 settings. This is the second time I've used them, and I'll use them again. Another thing that I'm loving are the Fender Bullet strings. Normally I'd use D'Addarios with the ball ends, but I tried the Bullets, and I can tell they really help the guitar stay in tune compared to other Strats I've had.

    Here's a shot of it hanging on the strap, and it hangs fine, no headstock dive. I've left the pickguard plastic on temporarily until I'm satisfied with the setup; that's why it looks shaggy. And yeah, the bathroom has the biggest mirror in the house....

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  5. oldrebel

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    That looks great!!
     
  6. Macrogats

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    It’s round the wrong way! :rolleyes: :D
     
  7. beerguy

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    Here you go mate.

    I'm amazed at how well this thing stays in tune, even with heavy whammy use. I'm starting to think the Bullets are a must for a Strat-style trem. I'm also working on another design that I'm very stoked about...

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  8. Macrogats

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    Cool dude. And yes, I like the look of that Tremolo setup.
     
  9. tone57

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    Looks great,

    Was gonna say it looks like it balanced fine on the strap.
    Pickguard is cool beans too.

    Tone
     
  10. LuckyJinx

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    I really like how the switch sort of looks like the shark's eye.

    Also... Baaaaby shark, do, do, dodo, dodoop. Sorry, couldn't be helped.
     
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  11. Clint Walker

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    Killer lookin guitar, I love it, great job!
     
  12. beerguy

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    Thanks guys; I'm real happy with this build. Although I'm generally not a big fan of GFS stuff, I love these Surf 90's, kinda like a cross between a P90 and a humbucker. They have really good definition between switch settings; there's never a doubt which setting you're on.

    The weight came in at just under 8 lbs., which I think is pretty good for a 1-3/4" Alder body with a full steel block trem.

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  13. Peltogyne

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    I think the design is brilliant. It's unique yet still comfortably familiar due to a Fendery construction. And it doesn't look like you had to sacrifice any ergonomics except maybe seated but I always use a strap so that wouldn't bother me.

    I'm looking forward to the next design. I hope it's another animal.
     
  14. beerguy

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    Not an animal, but a re-imagining of the acoustic guitar silhouette, based on intersecting guitar pick shapes, painted lime green pearl:

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    Late to the party as usual. This is fantastic ! most original designs suck, this is a rare exception.
     
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    A re imagining of the Messenger of Grand Funk fame? Sweet
     
  17. beerguy

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    Time for a rebuild of the Shark.
    I couldn't quite set the intonation properly; the tremolo was about 3/32" too far forward, and the intonation springs would bottom out before the saddles could move far enough back to intonate. That took some re-drilling & patching of the trem cutout. And there was a little hump that interrupted the curve just under the fin, so I knocked that back some. Plus I've fallen out of love with the Sonic Blue color; it just looks like baby blue. Going to go with Surf Green, which still fits the Shark theme, and should look good with the vintage amber neck.


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  18. beerguy

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    Change of plans on the color; went with an aged white finish. It's a Duplicolor lacquer, Ford Wimbledon White. It looks pretty close to an aged Fender Olympic white, and it goes well with the amber neck.

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  19. RiversQC

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    Looks great! Thanks for sharing the exact colour, too. I used the Duplicolor Olympic White on a tele last year and was disappointed with the stark white colour - nothing like the aged look (or even the cap colour, IMO). Yours looks like it hits that spot, though.
     
  20. beerguy

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    Thanks; I think it looks a little more "grown up" than the Sonic Blue. Here's a shot with white printer paper against the Duplicolor:

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