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"Shark" to Tele conversion

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by beerguy, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. beerguy

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    First few clear coats on. This is when the color starts taking on depth, and the grain starts showing.

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  2. beerguy

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    I've got all the clear coats on now. I'm real impressed with this new Mohawk clear lacquer I found. I used to use Behlen Stringed Instrument Lacquer, but Mohawk has bought Behlen and I think their products are slowly disappearing. This Mohawk comes in ready-to-spray quarts (no reducer needed) and goes down real shiny.

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    I’m apparently one of the few who doesn’t like the 4-way switch. The series position doesn’t do enough for me to compensate for the loss in elegance/simplicity and the added noise in some of the other positions.
     
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    Mocked up with final clear coats (before cut & buff), with 3-ply pickguard, bridge, ashtray and control wiring:

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    Beautiful solder work.

    That neck is gorgeous.

    Edit:. I see that's the older Made in China neck, based on the string tree location.

    Your gloss nitro is excellent too.

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  6. beerguy

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    Wet sanded from 600 to 1500 today. You can really see the shine starting to build:

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    That is some nice soldering. My control plates never turn out that neat.
     
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    Beautiful work all the way around!
     
  9. beerguy

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    Getting shiny:

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    9 coats total; 3 per day for 3 days, then 10 days curing.
     
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    Done! This is always the most stressful part of the job, because you're dealing with a freshly polished paint job. One dropped tool, one hot solder droplet, and you're devastated. But no issues on this one, and it sounds like a Tele should- twangy and spanky on the bridge pickup. And check out the beautiful contrast in the woods- I've never come across a neck with that much figuring.

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  13. Jim_in_PA

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    That's a truly beautiful instrument. Awesome job on that red finish! The QS neck pops!
     
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    Thanks for following and for the encouraging comments Jim. It's brewski time now.
     
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    I don't post a lot here, but I had to give you kudos on the shark build. I just went through the original thread, and I loved your choices the whole way.

    In particular, I love that awesome body design! I've been casually trying to come up with some original body designs myself lately, and it's not easy. This one is perfect. I like the white, and keep the black pickguard - it sets off the rest of the design well.

    I say keep the shark body. It just works.

    Nice work.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Just had a catch up on this. Great job on that red finish - looks fantastic! It’s a beautiful looking guitar.
     
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    Thanks Macrogats.
     
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