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Achase4u
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Jun 11th, 2019 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is with the neck I reshaped(thanks Peeg'!)

Thin 1.5" thick Rutters sugar pine Tele style body. Nice grain. Very soft wood, though. I refinished it already because the stain and danish oil was just so fragile especially on this type of wood. So I stripped, re-stained with Minwax red mahogany that had been sitting so long the red settled in the bottom of the can. So it's really mostly brown with a hint of red.

Top coated with Stewmac aerosol colortone Satin Lacquer. Just a coat or two. Standard bridge that will probably be upgraded to a Van-Dyke-Harms thicker stainless steel bridge. Pickups are machine wound Red poly wire on alnico 2 for a very very clean sound. Approx 7k neck 6k bridge.

Neck is the Warmoth boat I reshaped to 54 T specs via Stewmac template. It's a baseball bat for sure.

It has some Stewmac colortone aged clear on it which I sanded back. I realized I wanted the really soft edges on the headstock a la '54 Fender *after* I had a couple tinted coats of clear on. So as expected, the newly sanded areas were many shades lighter than the rest. So I began to sand back to start over, when I looked at it and thought "Wow, that looks GREAT". So I sanded away until I got the antique look I liked. It's 220 grit on the headstock and profile. I need to smooth it some more on the back though.

Sound clip of clean tones included.

Pine Tele Clean Tweed

(This message was last edited by Achase4u at 07:55 PM, Jun 11th, 2019)

Achase4u
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Jun 11th, 2019 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pic

Here.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Jun 11th, 2019 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the new "old" look.

Sounds great too. Twangy *and* jazzy.

What did you wind for pickups in there?



Leftee
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Jun 11th, 2019 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Excellent!

Pickups?

Achase4u
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Jun 11th, 2019 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks guys!

So I have plenty of guitars with standard vintage type winds and decided I wanted something different here. I was going to do dual blade a la Barden but there aren't parts readily available.
So I went with Red SPN (solderable poly-nylon) 43g neck and 42 bridge. Gauges are traditional but the wire has a very clear tone. Less harmonics than plain enamel or even formvar to my ears.

Mags are alnico 2 for a slightly warmer a5 kind of tone.

These are CNC wound, again, for clarity. About 80 turns per layer so each turn doesn't lay right next to the last. So some overlap occurs.

The tops are gray because the parts were here from a mistake the lasering company made. Thought it would be kind of different. I'm starting to like them more than at first.

They certainly are different

Achase4u
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Jun 11th, 2019 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

P.S. I don't know why, but the plain non red SPN does not sound the same. The red is acceptable, but I've got a 10lb spool of the plain that will be around long after I am gone.

Leftee
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Jun 11th, 2019 09:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Red is a great tone color.

Tinkerer
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Jun 11th, 2019 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Looks and sounds great! Well done!!!

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 12th, 2019 02:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Wow. Looks fantastic and sounds even better.

Nice work!

Achase4u
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U.S. - Virginia

Jun 12th, 2019 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, G!

And the best part of this guit? It's got my pal Geno's work on it. The pickguard was made by our very own Peegoo! Bakelite and aged very nicely. Love it!

Cal-Woody

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Jun 12th, 2019 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is an awesome looking guitar!

I know that pine is a soft wood and have always been concerned as to how stable and durable the neck joint would be in the long run.
Gorgeous color and the tone you get from those pickups is sweet!

Nice work!

littleuch
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Jun 12th, 2019 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Excellent! Love the look and the clip(pure Tele/Jimmy Bryant goodness).

4 way switch?

I'm toying with stripping the 3 tsb from my Guitar Mill Tele body and finished it with just shellac.

wrnchbndr

New Jersey

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Jun 13th, 2019 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know a lot about pine tree species and there are a lot of them. ...and then you gotta be able to trust your supplier. The guitar looks awesome. ...needs a logo on the headstock and this is something I also need to do to a few of my instruments.

(This message was last edited by wrnchbndr at 12:08 PM, Jun 13th, 2019)

Achase4u
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Jun 13th, 2019 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Cal and Larry!

Indeed a 4 way switch! I love my Jimmy Bryant!

Supposedly its California sugar pine. There are indeed some very very hard pine species. My friends father was a single man shop in VA making horse saddles. Had guys like Robert Duvall show up to his garage. He used some really hard pine for working the leather.

Some kinda headstock decal is in order. Something with reference to the pine...

I think I'll order a Van Dyke Harms bridge for it, too.



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Jun 14th, 2019 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sure is some good pickin'.

Achase4u
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Jun 14th, 2019 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank ya, sir! I been pickin my nose since I was 3 so I had a real leg up!

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IL USA

RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Jun 14th, 2019 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is striking Aaron!

Achase4u
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Jun 14th, 2019 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Ron! Hope you are doing well.

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Jun 15th, 2019 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

It’s freaking gorgeous. It sounds great too.

It would go great with my Homedepot fretless. Yours would look even better and mine would look even funkier.

Home Depot pine 2” by 8”

Achase4u
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Jun 15th, 2019 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks!!!

Wow! That fretless looks awesome! They are a pair! Time to start a barn-grass band with zither.

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