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Chris Greene
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Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 26th, 2016 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yay! And it works too. ;o)

Years ago, StewMac sent me a tele body (ash finished in white blonde). I had a mid-90's MIM Fender neck and a few odds and ends. I bolted it up but never had the electronics wired up in it. Recently, I dug it out and was going through my parts drawer and came across some Nocaster pups (at least the bridge for sure). The project had a 6 saddle bridge but I ordered a 3 saddle Fender bridge, and had Callaham send me their wired harness (sans plate, knobs, and switchtip as I had some Callaham knobs already as well as the other parts).

Finally got around to soldering the pups and jack and, as poor a job as I did with soldering (talk about rusty), it works properly. Matter of fact, sounds great through my DRRI. I strung it with GHS 10-46 Boomers and I still need to adjust the bridge and intonate but I'm very pleased with myself. :o)

Photo 1

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 26th, 2016 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And here's a closer look.

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Hammond101
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Feb 26th, 2016 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice looking guitar, nice job. It sure looks odd with the bridge saddles all lined up. What a great color, looks perfect with the maple board.

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Feb 26th, 2016 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That came out great. Looks good too!

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It's all gravy from here on...
Feb 26th, 2016 02:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You are getting pretty handy! You've been Peegoo'd!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 26th, 2016 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond, I was too impatient to take a photo and show it off before I adjusted the saddles. It's pretty far out intonation-wise and a bit buzzy with no height adjustment yet.

But the damn thing works in spite of my poor soldering!

Mick Reid
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Feb 26th, 2016 03:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good work CG!
Looks like a nice grain showing through the finish. I bet it looks even nicer IRL!

I thought you were going to go with a black guard?

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 26th, 2016 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mick, I thought about it and I'm still thinking about it but I do like the white against this shade of blonde.

Hammond, I just finished adjusting the saddles and, unlike my other Tele where they are a bit staggered with the treble side further out and the bass side further in (a diagonal), these saddles are still almost flush to each other. I had to crank them in quite a bit as the 12th fret note to the harmonic was very flat on all of them. Now, it sounds pretty good up the neck.

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Feb 26th, 2016 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks great, one of my favorite Tele color schemes. Parchment on that shade of blonde also looks good, a nice mid-50s Tele look.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 26th, 2016 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Kinda the look I was going for, Viera, even though the neck is a modern profile, satin finish and I used the older style switch tip, not the top hat version. Along with a black pickguard (which I think I've decided to save for either a butterscotch build or purchase), I was thinking parchment would look good too. But for now, I just want to play it and tweak it.

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Feb 26th, 2016 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love partscasters to death...

that Leo guy was a genius making it so easy...;-0

I would rather put one together from scratch any day of the week than buy one off the shelf...

nice job...

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Feb 28th, 2016 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, you ought to do this as a side line, that guitar looks fantastic. I thought about building a guitar also but never made any attemp at it. I still think about it now and then, maybe one of these days I'll get brave enough. Your's came out real nice. Congratulations on a nice job, Enjoy it and you should be very proud of it. Thanks for sharing it, it a real inspiration.

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Feb 28th, 2016 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks great. My current Tele collection is two parts builds, one seafoam thinline and one 3TSB. But I really want a blonde or butterscotch. I follow MJT on eBay for auctions on finished bodies. Most are relic'd to one degree or another, but yesterday I missed a one pc swamp ash Tele body in nitro butterscotch, no relicing, for like $225. I have a set of Lollar Vintage T's that I can't decide on either building this guitar around or putting in the FDP classifieds. I've stated this before but while I consider myself primarily a Strat guy, I'd build way more Teles for some reason if I had the room and $.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 28th, 2016 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the additional comments. At this level, it's more of an assembly project, not so much a "build".

However, after finishing the set-up and playing the heck out of the last couple days, I'm having doubts about the neck. It came off of a mid to late 90's MIM Standard Tele that I'd parted out but the profile is to modern (skinny, flat radius). Working with necks scare me as slotting nuts and working on frets is outside of my experience and interest. Not sure what I'm going to do here but I wanted a vintage C or soft V tinted neck that I don't have to do anything to and the Fender $200 MIM replacement necks indicate that, at the least, I'll have to complete the nut filing.

I've looked at some Canadian maple necks on ebay that look lovely but I don't know what I'm getting and shallow me insists that it says Fender on the headstock

A dilemma...

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Feb 28th, 2016 03:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have you considered puttingt your own a Fender logo decal on the headstock.

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Fender logo headstock decals

(This message was last edited by roadhog96 at 05:45 PM, Feb 28th, 2016)

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Feb 28th, 2016 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another one.

Another one

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 28th, 2016 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Easy enough to find counterfeit decals.

Actually, I have a nice vintage WD Tele neck that's not drilled in the heel but was for vintage tuners and I mounted a spare set. Proper vintage profile and appearance. Spent a couple hours cleaning and filing the frets (huge amount of sprout). But the nut is not something I can do as I have no tools. I may talk to the local guy about doing a nut and installing the neck.

I'd hate to get an aftermarket decal and in the old days we'd ban talk of that here but with Fender licensed necks all over the place, I don't see the harm in it any longer.

roadhog96

USA / CT.

Feb 28th, 2016 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a purist myself, just thought I'd through that up for consideration if your flat out of options. I'd go the route your talking about. Its very easy to screw the whole guitar up if the nut isn't done right.

(This message was last edited by roadhog96 at 05:53 PM, Feb 28th, 2016)

Mick Reid
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Feb 28th, 2016 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Have you considered puttingt your own a Fender logo decal on the headstock."

Getting into "moral debate" territory there...

Personally, I wouldn't do it.

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edit: Did it once over twenty years ago, but never with the intention of any misrepresentation. So, I should say wouldn't do it now.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 06:04 PM, Feb 28th, 2016)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 28th, 2016 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's the rub, Mick. I've got an actual Fender MIM neck on it now. I could spend $200 for the Fender MIM 50's replacement neck (with pre-slotted nut but I still can't complete that) or used this Fender licensed WD neck (got a pre-slotted Tusq nut for it) and then debate whether I can look at a blank headstock. With a StewMac body and WD marked on the neck, I couldn't swindle anyone anyway but I also don't see selling off much more of my gear other than a couple amps (good luck with that...).

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