Chartreuse Sparkle Tele - Custom Shop or Small Company Luthier?

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  1. MarkF786

    MarkF786 Member

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    I'm interested in a getting a Chartreuse Sparkle Telecaster. I could go the Fender Custom Shop route, though I wonder if there's a good small company luthier to consider as an alternative. I feel the later would provide better quality.

    Who's a good luthier to reach out to to built it?

    Mark
     
  2. frisco

    frisco Silver Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Don Grosh. I have an orange sparkle due any day now. $500 upcharge for the body, $300 for a matching headstock. Also, 4 month turnaround, which was important to me.
     
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  3. jmelm

    jmelm Silver Supporting Member

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    Call Chuck Thornton (CP Thornton Guitars) and ask him if he can do this colour. His guitars are off the charts right now. Check out the thread (probably on page 1 or 2 of this forum)

    Otherwise, I would go with a Mario Martin Paulownia Tele as a second choice. But of those will be feather light (around 6 lbs or less). Paulownia wood is phenomenal for Teles.
     
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    ford Modz Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    There should be lots of options you can at least look into... G&L has a full custom shop option.... K-Line would be worth asking in my opinion. Berly Guitars.. he's done some cool sparkles recently..
     
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  5. cmatthes

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    Chartreuse Sparkle is THE coolest finish! A double-bound Tele would absolutely KILL...
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    I agree, definitely a killer finish. One of the best and if it were me, I would 100% do double bound. If Chuck Thornton couldn’t do it (he may not be able/willing to do double bound) I’d go Mario Martin Paulownia 100000%. I spoke with them recently and they like Paulownia better than anything for a Tele. And they do lots of sparkle and double bound finishes, and endless options for necks. Owning and running Guitar Mill as well, their access to the very best woods is at or near the very top of the list of anyone building guitars.
     
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    I don't “understand” that guitar; do you play it left handed, upside down?
     
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    Patch Gold Supporting Member

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    Probably a lefty guitar played right handed.
    Look at the Fender logo
     
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    Also check out Heatley Guitars. Scott shoots a nice sparkle finish
     
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    Might want to check out Guitar Mill/Mario Guitars. They made this one quite a few years ago and have a few chartreuse-ish/green-ish sparkles posted in their gallery. Sounds like a cool project, keep us posted...

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    Yes, Chris at K-Line & Ron Kirn come to mind immediately.
     
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    I appreciate being mentioned but do not do sparkle finishes. You really need to use polyester or urethane to bury the flake and I do not use those products. There are many who do them and do them well, like Bill Crook.
     
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    Not sure if this helps, but Marty Bell appears to specialize in them. Not sure he builds them, but he's got a great reputation for refinishing them. http://martybellfinishing.com.
     
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  14. McShred

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    Chartreuse Sparkle is one of the greatest colors of all time. Mine isn't a tele, but you get the idea. Double bound is beautiful, but see if they can put a slight forearm contour on the body, otherwise that binding edge is grinding on your forearm all night long. I have a beautiful double bound tele that I never gig for that exact reason.
     
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    Suhr does a great job with sparkle finishes. John even matched the weird color I needed years ago.

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    Not sure why that confuses anybody - it's a reverse Strat. Pretty fair amount of those out there.
     
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    I'm not confused as to what it is, just why it exists. Just to be a rebel? It has a cutaway, but not on the side it's needed. The output jack is right where the cord will interfere with your picking arm. The controls require a double jointed elbow in order to use. The tuner buttons require a reach around. I'm surprised by the location of the trem! So, just one question; why?
     
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    there are a lot of them out there, dudes that want to cop the hendrix vibe. Thats literally the only reason, aesthetics & style...completely impractical from a playing standpoint, but they can look badass
     
  20. Ayrton

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    I built this around a Charvel neck

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