Televersary Custom

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Telegazer, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. Telegazer

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    I mentioned a while back about toying with the idea, and it's finally going somewhere. Wanted to give wife Cindi(500!) an anniversary gift that would last and rock the house as well, so the pursuit of a thinline Tele hybrid mixed with Gretsch 6118 appointments began to take form.

    The specs:

    -25.5" scale on 9.5" radius neck with a slightly fatter-than early 60s "C" profile
    -fully thinline routed 2-piece alder body w/flame maple top
    -bound neck & body, two-tone green with matching headstock
    -F stamp B5(formerly from our shell pink cutie) with Mustang bridge
    -500k Volume/Tone pots on lower bout corner with back routing (both straddling the input jack)
    -Pickup selector on the upper bout w/rear LP-style cover
    -Gretsch strap pins and knobs
    -Bone nut, Fender standard slotted vintage tuners
    -Filtertron Classic in the neck position

    The guys over at Willows guitar did a nice job with our Shell Pinker, so I had Prez Mr. Ryu over there talk with me about the options for an Anniversary hybrid, and he confirmed what turned out to be a subsequent fear: How does one go about matching that darker slate green? The top was easy, basically a light surf green with a slightly yellowish tinge, but the sides and back took some work and a few refins before Mr. Ryu finally got it right...Here are the failures and final result(assembly pending):


    Try #1: Sea Foam green


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  2. Telegazer

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    Try #2: Teal Blue? At least the neck looks nothing short of amazing.

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  3. Telegazer

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    Try #3: TA-DA, a very nice slate green, though more Sherwood Green in the below pics than in reality.


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  4. Telegazer

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    Everything be assembled/wired in just a matter of days, so I'll post shots when she comes home to share our much-belated anniversary.
     
  5. B Valley

    B Valley Tele-Afflicted

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    Actually, I think every one of those combinations looked great. That's going to be a gorgeous guitar.
     
  6. KennyH

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    That is beautiful man!

    I prefer the first attempt to the second, but the final result is brilliant.

    That's gona look great when it's done, can't wait to see the pic's.
     
  7. IPLAYLOUD

    IPLAYLOUD Friend of Leo's

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    GREAT twist on a theme.
    I like that alot! You coined the perfect name.
    I'm thinking I like that knob placement. Just grabbed my Esquire/B16, and putting those controls near the edge will work. That Bigsby unit does take some reaching over.

    How cool would it be to put a small chrome plate for the headstock with the number of the anniversary on it.
    What about a Guard? Clear sprayed Gold from the back? Maybe a custom cut "traditional" shaped floating guard. Hmmmmmmmm....

    Add a few more Gretsch toggle switches that do nothing for looks. ;-)

    When you're done, make me one in Jaguar Tan / Copper or Bamboo Yellow / Brown.
    Or both. ;-)
     
  8. lewis

    lewis Poster Extraordinaire

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    Very very very nice.
    Cannot wait to see it all together.
     
  9. metulmykul

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    Have to agree with Kenny H on the seafoam, but it still looks super sweet!with that sherwood.

    End result should be awesome!
     
  10. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

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    Oh, that's going to be beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished product!
     
  11. dougk

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    The two tone Green is SO AWESOME!!

    Freaking Gretsch and their two tone green paint jobs have just ruined me for life.
     
  12. Telegazer

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    Thanks one and all for the kind words, we'll see very soon how nice things will get.

    -You hit it on the head, IPLAYLOUD on the guard...we'll probably do a back-sprayed clear job, or if a decent green is found and we get daring enough, a heavy poly-coated job may be in order. The big question is: if the top end sits tight on the Filtertron pickup ring for a floating effect with LP bracket on the other side, will 1/8" above the body be too high for a flattop guitar? Knowing from experience how low Filtertron will nonethless need to be to get the best possible neck tone on this kind of Tele, as all things must be considered.

    -I thought about a kill switch/mud switch, but decided to go more Telecaster and less Gretsch on the controls side for easier body construction and the virtue of simplicity(as if the guitar wasn't already complicated!).

    -And yeah, a 6118 Caramel Banana two-toner thinline would be quite stunning, no doubt...Please don't tempt me, amigo!
     
  13. RomanS

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    Wow, what a beauty, can't wait to see it finished!

    Since you're going to use a Mustang bridge, the neck has to be shimmed quite a bit, anyway (or did you get an angled neck pocket right away), so the strings are going to be higher above the top - so the floating pickguard shouldn't be a problem...
     
  14. Telegazer

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    Thanks RomanS...It's certainly something for us to consider. Curiously enough, our straight out-of-the-shop pinkcaster didn't need any shim whatsoever when using either the Jazzmaster/Jaguar bridge(as pictured below) or later Mustang saddles on the same bridge, much to our surprise. I imagine a slight shim might be in order this time around to somewhat benefit Filtertron clearance for the guard's sake, but I'd be quite satisfied to avoid the extreme angle we have with the B16 now on the pinkcaster. We'll see...



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    I think it rocks! I'd love to have green tele.....
     
  16. IPLAYLOUD

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    Hit the guard from behind with the green from the sides/back (or you could go Gold).
    Wanna get reall goofy? Put angled stripes on it before painting like a Rallye.

    "Float" the guard with felt washers. Stack if you want more height.
    It will lay flat on the body like a Tele guard but have some "shadowing" .
    Make the guard match the shape of the DA guard. TRES COOL!
     
  17. Telegazer

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    Now there's an idea with the felt washers...

    Come to think of it, it seems like floating the guard on the pickup ring(as on Gretsch hollowbodies) might make things simply too tall for a flattop, and a gentle shadow effect being barely off the surface would be as keen as the green. As much as we love gold guards, backsprayed green seems to be the way to go so far. :p
     
  18. Telegazer

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    Until we can get a demo ready, I'll just let the pics tell the story: It's a simply wonderful instrument and doesn't look half bad, either. ;)



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  19. Telegazer

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    OOOPS. CROOKED KNOBS...



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    Florescent lights make the thing utterly GWEEEEEEN, as you can see. Potty time anyone?

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