Another Build: Mardi Gras Tele

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  1. Mikey Likes It

    Mikey Likes It Silver Supporting Member

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    This will go up for auction next week at a Mardi Gras ball for Habitat for Humanity. I started with an Alder body from USACG and a neck from the Warmoth showcase:

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    Although not advertised or priced as such, the neck is quarter-sawn; a pretty good deal.

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    Sealed and primed the body and painted it with Reranch Gold Top Gold...

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    Tinted the neck with amber dye...

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    ...and used the last bit of gold on the headstock...

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    Decorations: a dancing skeleton for the body...

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    and a gator for the headstock...

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    The pickguard took a lot of thought. I ended up going with a piece of Chirogami paper that had the purple, green and cold color scheme. Glued it to the back of a clear pick guard using an archival spray adhesive...

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  3. Mikey Likes It

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    Got her all wet-sanded and polished.
    Because of a sand-through I had to add one more decal:

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    Started the wiring harness...

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    One of the damn cheap tuner-mounting screws broke off even though I'd put beeswax in the pilot hole (and of course they don't pack an extra, so now I'm waiting for another gold tuner screw:puh). I had to core out the screw fragment and glue in a section of dowel.

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    And now she's shielded, so I think I ought to be able to load the pickups, finish the wiring and mount all the hardware tonight. Hope to have final photos posted by tomorrow.

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    looks cool!
     
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    That looks great so far!! Just too cool, and unique! Post pics when it's complete.
     
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    That looks just as nice as last years guitar.

    Please post pics when you're finished.
     
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    Looks awesome!! Really nice work.

    I'd like to know more about the technique used on the pickguard. What is the source for the paper? I suppose craft stores? I've done a few builds over the past 2 years (in the middle of one now in fact) and have always wanted to do a sort of "decopage" finished body. I'd appreciate some insight and any tips you might have. My daughter would go nuts if I did up a new pickguard like that for her Squier Tele!
     
  11. Pete Galati

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    Looks really great Mikey Likes It.

    I was a bit surprised that you wired it up like that. I always fastened the pots and the switch down to the control plate, and then wired up the assembly (separate of the guitar).
     
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    That turned out great :)
     
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    I love it! The coolest looking Tele hands down!
     
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    Thanks, guys. Pete, I just got into the habit of wiring the pots and switch on a wood template and then mounting it to the control plate or pickguard. It's a pretty easy way to do it.

    Fretless, I got a sheet of Chiyogami paper from this site:

    http://www.paperstudio.com/

    There are a lot of similar sources out there. I got the idea from a friend who does not only the pickguard but also the body. For the pickguard he attaches the paper with a super-thin, totally transparent double-sided adhesive membrane he calls dry mount. The only dry-mount tissues I found were heat-activated and didn't work for me, so I ultimately used a spray adhesive, which isn't completely transparent. My friend (Curtis Novak) uses decoupage on the body - says it's the only adhesive he's found that can stand up to the clearcoat shrinkage. But he's always experimenting and may have found some better technique. You can see some of Cut's guitars here:

    http://s25.photobucket.com/albums/c100/mdm2k2/curtis%20novak/?start=0

    BTW, Curt also makes incredible pickups. If you want to check in with him for advice, you can find his e-mail address at his website:

    http://curtisnovak.com/index.shtml
     
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    Beautiful work man.. and for a great cause! I really like the extra touches you did to make it unique.

    Nice job.

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  16. gkoelling

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    Great looking piece!


    Thanks for sharing.
     
  17. alvagoldbook

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    very nice looking tele!
     
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    that's awesome! where'd you get that crawfish sticker from?
     
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    Found it through Google, using the "Search Images" function. Saved it, adjusted the size, and printed it on decal stock.
     
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    >>what's that black thing on the side of the neck, above the neck pocket--a "cross" screw?

    Must be a side dot at the 20th fret for lefties only.
     

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