Show me your natural and/or amber telecasters!

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  1. AlbertoMilanese

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    So here's the deal: I'm thinking about ordering a custom shop telecaster after being dissatisfied with the many vintage Telecasters floating around my neck of the woods (overpriced/obviously damaged/modded to oblivion). Now I'm a sucker for naturals, the bare wood tickles my fancy just right. So I want a natural finish, right? But I'm also a sucker for roasted ash - but here's the problem: I find that roasted ash often (not always) gets a little too dark for me to really appreciate it. Thus, I'm thinking that a light, transparent amber tone could brighten the roasted ash up a little bit? Still I'm worried it might just end up looking orangey and bad. Forgive me if I'm deadly wrong, as I am massively colourblind, but I can at least see bright and dark clearly.

    However, I'm not sure if I've ever seen a roasted ash tele with an amber paintjob... so if your the one in a million that has one, could you post some pictures in here? If not, I'm perfectly happy to see some of your naturals and amber tones with the usual woods.
     
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    ah, ok, the colourblind aspect. I don't think an amber overcoat is going to "lighten" up a roasted ash. It might shift the color from medium/darkish brown to a darker orange, but not likely to lighten it. If you want lighter, you might consider roasted maple, or alder, or pine, as a body, then add amber to that. Check the Warmoth website and see if they have any samples you could look at.

    Afterthought: if you are working in the custom world, perhaps you could explain your preference for lighter and then the shop can pick a lighter color ash and maybe not roast it too much...?
     
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    Here is a paulownia/empress body that my dad finished in tru oil. No dye or color added, but you can see how the finish darkened the wood slightly. IMG_0938.jpg IMG_20200701_132942.jpg IMG_20200702_191938.jpg
     
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    I didn't think that it'd just change the colour - I thought it would turn lighter. Colourblindness is a darn shame!
     
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    Bendercaster - man, this is a beautiful guitar! Why did I ever paint mine! The one on the left looks exactly like mine!
     
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    Here’s mine, finished with amber tinted wipe-on water based poly. The color is light because I mixed it light (I didn’t have scrap ash to test on so I had to test as I applied)- my ash slab was also very pale though. I was going for a transparent BSB, so I used a small bit of vintage amber transtint mixed with the poly to make a toner. The color is 3 coats of wipe on, which is equivalent to one coat of brushed or sprayed poly. I put 3 coats of clear on top for a very thin gloss finish.

    They make wood bleach for this application, but I’m not sure it will lighten roasted wood.
     

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    bendercaster.....I love your Paulownia/ Tru Oil......the partscaster I built last year, is similar. Here is my FIRST Telecaster.....ash with a Tung Oil finish, and then my Paulownia with Tru Oil. mar25 105.JPG mar25 132.JPG
     
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    My '06 American Series Ash:

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    And here's my first partscaster, a piney:

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    Oregon Ash body. IMG_7894.jpg
     
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    Those look pretty sharp. I'm a sucker for tort pickguards.

    How do you like the Paulownia? The grain was much nicer than I expected--my Dad said it was very delicate to work with, but it weighs next to nothing. We put a 15k DCR pickup in the bridge (the non-CS Texas Special that came with my American Special.). I didn't care for it in my guitar, but in this Paulownia body, it sounds amazing. It's not woofy at all, but has an almost P90 grunt to it.
     
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    I like it, with one small caveat. I was very happy with my first Telecaster, except the weight (8 lbs) was bothering me on gigs. I wanted to build a similar partscaster, only lighter, thus the Paulownia. It's almost like Balsa Wood, it's so soft and light....but I love the way the Tru Oil brought out the grain. The guitar totals a hair over 5lbs., almost TOO light. I have to use a suede strap that grips my shoulder to help against neck dive. Sound-wise, it's very resonant and "musical". I, too, have a pretty hot bridge pickup (Bootstrap Pretzel) and it's the first Tele bridge p/up I've ever liked by itself.
    I also have Warmoth Fatback "conversion" necks on both of mine. (24 3/4" scales)
    P.S.....if you notice, I used a "left-handed" bridge, so the p/up slant is away from saddles on the treble side.
     
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    I’m a sucker for a natty. Lots of hubba hubba in here!
     
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    2006 MIM Classic '72 Thinline. I've never seen one as dark as mine, it's almost a gingerbread color. I love it!

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    I don't think the usual ambered natural treatment will work with the roasted ash. Ambering adds a little tint to a lighter finish, taking dark away from a dark finish seems like another concept.

    I'm a big fan of the ambered natural look. It's one of my favorites. Here's a v1 Tele Plus in natural ash with a light amber tint.

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    Here's a more recent example of a CS piece with an ambered natural maple top;

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    Nice black guard too.
     
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    Not a Fender but it's natural.

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