Travel tele. How could you????

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  1. Jon C

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    Seems like an awful lot of time and effort.

    I made a take-apart Tele by simply installing threaded neck inserts a la Danny Gatton. I took the neck off to travel, wrapped in a t-shirt or 2 in a folded gig bag along with the body - a perfectly acceptable carry-on bag that always made it on flights with no issue. Had to check the screwdriver in my one checked bag along with my clothes etc but no big deal there...
     
  2. DrBanana

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    Yeahman that was my thinking- feels very natural to play whilst sitting, there's a lot of neck dive of course but the necks not heavy so it's not tiring to hold up.

    Didn't realise Music Man guitars head stocks had the 4 + 2 layout - just seemed a natural way of shortening the headstock, though the Tele headstock isn't wide enough at bottom so that I could position the high E to be in line so that the string went to the top of the peg like the B string does. Not a biggie though
     
  3. dlew919

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    Great job!
     
  4. mishek

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    Ja, the tin makes it easier to hold instead of just a stick! But it also acts as a sound box. Everyone laughs at it until I actually play it. It really sounds sweet imo. I seem to play this one more often than my "proper" guitars!

    Enjoy Oz. First time for me too. Where abouts you going to?
     
  5. mishek

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    Jon, you are right and I thought of doing that at first (saw it in one of Dan Erlewine's books) but I just did it this way as I didn't have a spare body. I really should put threaded inserts etc but haven't got around to it. Yet.

    Edit. Also this is lighter than full tele - good for luggage restrictions. . .
     
  6. DrBanana

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    Mainly Adelaide, it's for work, but I hope to get time to get around a bit more. You?
     
  7. mishek

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    Brisbane and Cairns for 3 weeks. Just a holiday and seeing family
     
  8. DrBanana

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    Not really - it was fun, and a challenge - took about 3 days in all + drying time. Weight is an issue too - 30kg baggage allowance and 2 months worth of crap to take including some tools for work.
     
  9. tap4154

    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Looks very cool!

    John Mayall was known to cut down Strats like that. Played them on stage as well.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Jon C

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    I used my Fender California Tele. Probably ~8 lbs. since it was a guitar I already had, luckily no extra body etc was needed.

    Good luck with the inserts,
    Jon
     
  11. telemnemonics

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    Very cool, rough enough that it's obviously a tool not a trophy, but with just enough style to still be a Tele derivative.

    I used to travel with a backpack, and built a sort of coffin shaped body with a Tele neck, no need to haul all that lumber on your back, and no need to reassemble and restring any time you want to play the darn thing.

    A PITA to hold the coffin, yours looks more comfortable.
     
  12. marsh99

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    Neat! You did a good job there - enjoy Australia!
     
  13. DrBanana

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    Sound sample - mostly on the neck pup where I tend to live when playing clean

     
  14. MuddyDitch

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    Sort of like a shrunken head.
     
  15. Jupiter

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    DrB, that thing is UGLY. :lol:

    But it also looks plenty playable, more comfortable than a lot of travel guitars out there, and kinda cute.
     
  16. DrBanana

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    Oh yes I agree, a right munter haha
     
  17. tap4154

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    Man, you folks who don't think that is not just very well-thought out and executed, but also very cool looking... I don't understand why.
     
  18. bender66

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    That's using your noggin & didn't set you back much but time.

    Why not do the Bill Kirchen and put brass inserts into the neck & break it down to a manageable size & still have a full size guit? Just a though for traveling.
     
  19. TeleHawg

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    That's what I did, too (though I got the idea from Bill Kirchen). That way, I get to my destination with an gig-worthy guitar.
     
  20. LeftyAl

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    I think I would have waited until I got where I was going,and checked out the pawn shops
     
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