Well, I finely finished my Telecaster neck

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by moosie, Jun 6, 2020.

  1. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I built Bazooka, a bubble-gum pink Nashville Telecaster, last fall, and got stopped by the cold weather, and by shoulder surgery. All done except for painting the neck, I said heck with it, strung it up, and played it like crazy until last week. Playing the raw neck was fine, but it's so much nicer now, sorry I waited so long.

    This is my second Tele build, and first neck. First neck I've painted, too. Plenty of little mistakes, but I love the thick V profile (1.02").

    I was messing around, to see how hard it would be to make a custom spaghetti decal from scratch, and wound up using it. Since it was just supposed to be a prototype, it doesn't have the little auxiliary text like the originals.

    I messed up right near the end, and got a couple of drips right on the face of the headstock. These hardened into a bunch of fossilized air bubbles, looked like. So, I also got to experience the joy of nitro repair. I touched up the spots with retarder, thinking maybe it'd flow out, but no. However, it got things loose enough where I was able to scrape the offending bubbles right off. Then a few passes with a drop fill toothpick, and a bit of wet sanding.

    The first two coats were highly thinned and tinted with a few (maybe 6) drops of ColorTone Vintage Amber, and 1-2 drops of Tobacco Brown. Then a couple of clear, still thin. Laid the decal down, and proceeded to bury it (and the rest of the neck) with full-strength lacquer. I switched from HVLP to aerosol at that point, for convenience. I didn't count the coats. Maybe a dozen. I was just having fun with it.

    The final coat was Behlens' Blush Eraser, and I got a good flow out with zero orange peel.

    I used Micro Mesh 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, and 3600. Then I hand buffed with 3M Rubbing Compound, Finesse-It II, and Hand Glaze, in that order.

    Shiny.

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  2. Speedfish

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    I like it!
     
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    Very nice! looks like maybe a brownface layout diagram on the bench behind?
     
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    I really like it! Nice Duojet btw!
     
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    Very well done, Moosie and the decal looks excellent. That’s certainly a handful too!
     
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    Beautiful work!
     
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    Love it, and that Bazooka Joe pink color- sweet!
     
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    Beautiful.......did you mean to say you "finally" finished your neck.......or that you "finally finely finished your neck"? ;)
     
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    Nice job

    Eric
     
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    Like a great steak, and other things, pink. I like it. The guitar I mean. Oh and steak and them other things too.

    All wise cracks aside. That is very well done. no pun intended. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Congrats, very good looking neck and guitar.
     
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    Looks great Moose, nice work!
     
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    Wow, absolutely gorgeous.
     
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    Likey likey.
     
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    jackal Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    That's pretty----and I don't care for pink on guitars.
     
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    Any baseball cards with that? Very Nice!!
     
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    So, you did see what I did there.... :lol:

    It's a Revibe layout. As in, 6G15 + the harmonic tremolo from a brownface. Pretty good guess!


    Exactly! That's what was in my mind when I thought about doing this color. I can still smell that bubblegum in those little five-card packs.
     
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