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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / StewMac/Fender Tele - build completed

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Mick Reid
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Australia

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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.

Viera
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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.

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

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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.

littleuch
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Subtropical Florida

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...).

stratcowboy
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Feb 28th, 2016 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got an e-mail from that guy on the Stratosphere today. Says he's having a Fender parts sale right now. Why not check it out and see what kind of necks he's offering. Maybe the one you're looking for is there...decal (legal) included.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 28th, 2016 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've seen him on ebay. Between the fact he seems to be a butcher and charges a lot for shipping a neck ($17) when you can pay the same price from a sponsor and get free shipping, he's not for me.

stratcowboy
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Feb 28th, 2016 08:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I didn't know he was still on ebay. Back when he went "independent" I got an e-mail from him (her?) saying that he was tired of paying ebay fees, etc., so was changing over to a regular web-based business. That's when I started getting regular e-mails from him. I delete them and never even open them, personally. But I did notice today's subject announcement about the Fender sale. He's usually too expensive, anyway.

Just a suggestion...

lox

Columbus, Ohio

Docofrock
Feb 28th, 2016 09:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Get an Allparts licensed Fender neck and put a decal on it. As long as you don't claim it is a made by Fender Tele I don't see the issue. It is an esthetics issue not a moral issue in this case!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Strat, Tele, Strat, Tele...hmmmmm
Feb 28th, 2016 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

lox, I posted earlier that I have a licensed Fender vintage neck made by WD. But I agree, it's an aesthetics thing and, I'm sorry, but a Tele don't look right without the Fender headstock shape and a Fender logo on it.

I'm shallow; I know that about myself...

;o)

jhawkr
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Feb 29th, 2016 04:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a Fender licensed neck so I don't see a problem putting a Fender decal on it. Probably higher quality than the Mexico-built neck on my Road Worn Tele. Never have been able to get the warp out of it. Fender wants $200 for a replacement 50's or 60's neck and then there is the nut issue.

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