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Mick Reid
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Jan 25th, 2018 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It was a 2016 Fender Standard in Lake Placid Blue.

Great guitar and mint condition, but I decided to sell it because, my *next* tele, I want to build.
I'll be doing a kit build with my own embellishments.

It will have a belly and forearm cut and will probably be an Ash body, but definitely a Maple/Maple neck.
I also want to use this project to experiment with some timber dyes. I haven't settled on colour or colours yet, there is a definite lean towards reds.

I already have most of the hardware, pickups, electronics that I'll need. (gradually acquired over the past few years via various mods)

We'll be coming into Autumn here in March and that's a perfect time of year for working in the shed, especially for doing finishes. (not too hot, not too cold, low humidity)

I'll be posting in the Mods, Repairs & Projects forum once I get it going.
But in the meantime, I got my Strato Tele Hybrid to scratch the Tele tone itch :^)


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Jan 25th, 2018 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I built my perfect Strat a few years back and I couldn’t be happier with it.

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Jan 25th, 2018 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mick, Looking forward to seeing it. I have been toying with the body in the picture for a while now. It was supposed to be a reddish/orangish but it's a little on the brownish side. Dyes are a lot of fun. I have been playing with some bandsaw boxes to practice my dyes. The last one I did was following an online video for "royal purple" and the color is great but I would not want a purple guitar. I do like red Teles and have a nice red thinline.

My next "Tele" if I get around tuit

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Jan 25th, 2018 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1600,
That's cool. I'm guessing it's a bit lighter IRL maybe?
The burst idea is in the back of my head too, but still mulling it all over.

Been looking at water-based dyes today trying to educate meself...

Leftee, I bet BIY is almost a necessity for you lefthanders :^(


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Jan 25th, 2018 07:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Iv'e used water based on the 4 guitar bodies Iv'e done but have been using alcohol for my wood work. I use the Keda dyes which are powder and can be used with water or alcohol. If I do another guitar I will use alcohol. Here are two examples of water based dyes on the blue and tiger eye. The red one was finished by Ken Lawrence.

Three Amigos

Mick Reid
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Jan 25th, 2018 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice! I've seen that pic before.

That red with white pearloid is kind of where my head is going.

Do you find a difference between h2o and alcohol in the grain raising?
The little I've read so far is that is one of the "cons" with the water-based is the grain fibres lifting after application.

I've not worked with before, so not familiar with the porosity.


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Jan 26th, 2018 03:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It was a lot less expensive than the Custom Shop. And that’s where I would’ve ended up.

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Jan 26th, 2018 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mick, there is less grain raising with the alcohol. It does seem to "set" quicker so it would be tricky to do the burst effect. On one of my vases I used a 50/50 mix but I'm not sure it is the way to go since you still get raised grain and quicker color setting. The raised grain is not too much of an issue. I knock it down with grey scotch brite.

Blue dyed ash vase

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Jan 26th, 2018 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mick, I couldn't do without the Tele feel & vibe, in addition to the tone... but maybe being Tele-less will motivate you to make a proper one!

1600 & Mick, your examples are nudging me to finally put a finish on a Warmoth Tele Thinline body made of lacewood. Stripped of its flawed nitro finish, the natural wood underneath has a slightly pink hue with a wiggly grain.

I've been planning on just using clear Tru-oil, a gunstock varnish. But that seems a bit bland, and I've got some Stew Mac cherry red dye. Do you know how I could get a red-brown color that still shows the grain?

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Jan 26th, 2018 01:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

tiller2, I love lacewood. You can get a transparent reddish brown with aniline dyes. Mix in a little brown or even black to tone down the red. Get a piece of lacewood from one of the woodworking stores (Rockler or Woodcraft) to practice on.

Lacewood Strat

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Jan 28th, 2018 08:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's a great finish & color, 1600. I might take the plunge soon.

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Jan 28th, 2018 12:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This makes me want to put one together too. Shell pink to match the one I did for my granddaughter.

Cant wait to see yours, Mick. Hurry up :)

Mick Reid
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Jan 28th, 2018 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Cant wait to see yours, Mick. Hurry up :)"

I think I'm going to order the kit today.


Mick Reid
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Feb 2nd, 2018 01:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, placed my order this past Monday.
Just checked the tracking and it hit the local depot today which means it *should* be delivered this coming Monday.

Woo-hoo!!!

This week I've been doing some test finishing and working on a custom neck pickup mount/pickguard.

Hopefully I'll get stuck into the real thing next week.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 04:15 AM, Feb 2nd, 2018)

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Feb 2nd, 2018 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

:-)

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