Tres Recogida Especial

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  1. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    Maricopa... I guess you would know since you play a guitar with 4 pickups...

    Randy, I sold the National Tele a while back. Different pickups sound better at different heights. The guitar sounded fine but I wasn't playing it anymore since I built the first pinecaster... Yeah I will post a sound file when it's done.
     
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    Maricopa... I guess you would know since you play a guitar with 4 pickups...


    D'oh! :D
     
  3. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    This looks great, Mike!

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    Don't mean to be a troublemaker, but I kinda like the proto pickguard (with no coverage over the horn) shown in post #47.

    If you don't use that shape soon, maybe I will! :D
     
  4. Mike Simpson

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    Boris, do you mean this shape here?

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  5. Mike Simpson

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    I pretty much finished this 3 P-90 Tele tonight except for adjusting the pickup height.
     
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    With that pickplate and P90s it's like there's some SG Special DNA in that guitar.
     
  7. boris bubbanov

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    It looks great, but I like the one envisioned by the white paper template in post # 47, except with the pickguard over the horn itself deleted as on a Thinline pickguard.
     
  8. Mike Simpson

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    Boris, Do you mean to cut off the horn the same shape as the pickguard?
    Sort of a Macaferi cutaway?
     
  9. boris bubbanov

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    The body is fine. I just like the white paper pattern shown in # 47 with the horn portion of the pickguard removed as a pickguard shape, leaving the body as it is.

    I dunno what a Macaferi cutaway is but I assume that is like a Rice Osprey or a Soloway Swan? No, I don't see that.
     
  10. Mike Simpson

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    Here is a picture of this guitar all done. I will work on posting a sound file next week.

    Tres Recogida Especial (pronounced recoheeda means 3 pickup special)
    Pine body, I made the stainless steel control plate, neck plate and B/W/B pickguard, Allparts TMO-fat neck with Planet Waves locking tuners, brass ferrule bar, 5 way switch, push pull tone pot and a Big D Varitone. The finish is ReRanch Shoreline Gold nitro and Behlens clear nitro with a couple of drops of honey amber transtint.
     

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    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    I took this guitar out to the blues jam last night and it has some great sounds and tonal variety.
     
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    Looks fantastic. Excellent work. Did you use two neck pickups and one bridge pickup or two bridge pickups and one neck pickup?
     
  13. Mike Simpson

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    I bought a N & B set from Eastwood and the middle I bought from the TDPRI classifieds that was sold as a "Gibson P-90" and I don't know what it was originally made for.
     
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    Thanks. Do you still have the push pull switch for the bridge pickup in the circuit? When you get around to it, have you a diagram of your wiring layout?
     
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    Yes it has a push pul pot on the tone so when the 5 way is in position 1 or 2 you can add the bridge by pulling up the tone pot knob. This adds the N+B and N+M+B to the standard 5 way switch so there are 7 pickup combinations possible. It also has a 5 position varitone switch and the tone pot still functions when the varitone is selected and the varitone has a 6th position that bypasses the varitone.

    Here is my wiring thread and hand drawn diagram as well as a similar diagram by Deaf Eddie that is the same except he switches the neck pickup instead of the bridge.

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/just-pickups/196558-wiring-diagram-3-p-90s.html
     
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    Mike,

    I have to say in front of all the Tele-gods and mankind...THIS ONE is the complete package. Color and trim combo works perfectly together and is evident of a well thought out and executed build. It is 'crisp' and super clean.

    Keep them coming please. Don't hold back - get busy with it! I'm thinking you need to build me one before too long....
    Thanks for sharing your talent.
     
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    Well to me no guitar is complete without it's own strap that stays with that guitar. I usually make them fitted "just for me" so they don't need any buckles or extra adjustment holes. I decided this guitar should have a "vintage" looking skinny strap with a padded slide. I elected to not do any tooling and just put an outline groove on the strap and I used white stitching because the pickguard is B/W/B.

    Here is the leather for the pad cut out and I bought a belt blank from Tandy to use for the strap so I could get 1 piece that long with no seams or splices. I wetted the leather and skieved off the corners to round the edges.
     

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    Once I had the out line groove on the strap and the stitching groove on the pad with the stitch locations marked with a star wheel I dyed the leather black with USMC black dye.
     

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    Then I dyed the back of the leather on the sheepskin black in case it was visible through the strap slot and then I glued the sheepskin to the pad leather with elmers rubber cement. The rubber cement remains flexible and holds the sheepskin in place while I punch the holes with an awl and stitch the pad on.
     

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    Then I stitched the sheepskin on with white thread (remember the pickguard is B/W/B) and used some Pecards leather dressing on all the leather to keep it moist and flexible.
     

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