Tele w/- Brass Parts Jazz Tone Monster Finally Finished

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  1. Jazzerclean

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    I always wanted a Tele tweaked and for decades had in my mind brass parts and a neck humbucker. Well I decided to use one of the new Bullet Tele's which are a great platform to use.

    Finally completed my Bullet Tele with all brass hardware and a nice humbucker.
    Flatwound strings will be put on to complete a great jazz tone.

    Parts most are diy = I made up.
    New bone nut
    Brass machine heads
    Brass diy string tree and spacer diy
    Brass diy neck plate
    Brass diy bridgeplate w/- 6 brass saddles
    (Also have a diy brass vintage bridgeplate, reverse Esquire with 3 brass saddles)
    Brass diy control plate w/- reverse switch position
    Brass diy oval jack plate
    Brass knureld knobs
    Brass strap buttons
    Cts pots
    Switchcraft jack socket
    Humbucker neck pickup

    The brass combined with the neck bucker tames the heavy brightness of the Tele and seems to preserve the mids and bass which is great for my style.
    I already had the brass plate so it was very inexpensive for me to do and glad I did IMG_20200802_142246938.jpg
    One off the bucket list lol.
     
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  2. rich815

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    Cool! Looks great. Nice job.
     
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    I like that a lot!
     
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  4. Jazzerclean

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    Thanks, I am pleased with the look and more so, the sound
     
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    Looks really nice. Love the 2 tone tobacco finish. Personally don't like the 3 tone with red thrown in there. Congrats. Excellent choice with humbucker in neck. I am not a twangy kinda guy. :)
     
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    Thank you, a labour of love.
     
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    Thanks, I'm not either a twangy type, but thought the Tele has great potential for jazz style after those greats who used them Ted Green & Ed Bickert etc.

    Agree about the colour, I'm a sucker for tobacco sunburst, had a vintage Gibson Les Paul Standard in Tobacco S/b and another Gibson in the same colour.
    Funny, this guitar cost me less than the cost of a new case for one of my other guitars. Love both the high end guitars and the very low end.
     
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    Bravo!
     
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    Very nice! How bout some close up pics of the hardware?
     
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    Thanks, here are some pics closeup. Tarnishing of what was shiny brass (and even with a lacquer coating lol) didn't take long, but gives it a nice aged look.
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    Hmmm.... I actually prefer that over gold hardware. I like it.
     
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    Thanks, to me it looks more authentic.
     
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    Great work there. I much prefer it over gold.
     
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    Thanks, I am pleased how it turned out.
     
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    And I'm guessing it does not have the worst thing about gold - the wearing off of the plating. That's the reason I will never get gold hardware again, it's depressing when it starts disappearing.
     
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    Wow, the metalwork is really good. That came out ultra cool!
     
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    Thanks, it took me a while but was worth it in the end, I'm more pleased with how it sounds as the brass has an effect on the tone (in a good way)
     
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  18. Jazzerclean

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    Yes that's true, brass can be easily & quickly be polished up to look like new (if that's what's wanted)
    I never really liked gold plating and the aged look of it for that reason, I had gold plating on many Gibson customs and never liked the look both new, and when it very quickly wears off and the eventual rusting of steel underneath. I guess there's a good reason brass was used on boats, no gold plating to ware or peel off & no rust, maybe a quick polish of the brass to bring it back to new if needed and unlike gold plated steel, brass lasts forever.
     
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    That’s very cool man. Looks wise the brass goes so well with the sunburst, and I love the look of those tuners.

    I’m glad you mentioned the tone, cos I’ve become a big fan of brass saddles on Teles. Have you considered trying a brass nut? I tried one on a Strat I built a year and a half ago, and liked it so much I put one on my latest Tele build. I love the combined sound of the brass saddles and nut. Has such a nice ring to it compared to steel and bone.
     
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    Thanks, I had a brass nut on a 1981 Ibanez Lee Ritnour 335, didn't like the sound, it seemed to give a brightness rather than a mellow sound that the bone nut gives.
    It was the only piece of brass intentionally left off as I play a clean sound that has to be warm. But probably recommend brass for other styles of music that needs not only a brighter sound, but higher sustain.
     
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