Check out my Tele build

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  1. Killcrop

    Killcrop Supporting Member

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    I wanted a Tele as of late. The specs I like are way expensive so I decided to try building another Tele. The last one wasn't without a few mistakes so I like to think I learned from them. No major issues with the paint on this one. I used Reranch Nitro. This time I warmed the cans up first. The nitro flowed so much better. Also let it sit for a couple months. The finish harded up way more than the week I gave the last one. I tinted the neck but it looked too fake so I stripped it off (steel wool) and just lacquered it.

    The neck is another Allparts TMO-FAT. This one I reshaped to the 10/56 spec of my '56 Relic Strat. Its close, that took forever. The body is Swamp Ash from Warmoth. It has a mix of Callaham parts (not the bridge or control plate, too much $) and Fender, Barden Bridge, Duncan Antiquity Pickups. I don't have strings on it yet. I need to have a nut installed. I'd like to do it myself but I'm too cheap to buy the files. Without strings she weighs 6 lbs 14 oz. I wired it with a 4-way. This is my first time trying that. Used all cloth wire. What a PITA.

    All in all it was a fun winter project. What do you think?

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  2. cheetah77

    cheetah77 Supporting Member

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    That looks real nice! Does that body have the router hump?
     
  3. Killcrop

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    Its the Vintage style Warmoth so I think it does.
     
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    Thats pretty nice and encouraging to see the low weight using the swamp ash.
    I've been thinking about doing a warmoth tele myself using swamp ash for the body but toying with the idea of a semi opaque satin sonic blue finish so you can see the grain through the finish as on the mary kay finish.
     
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    Looks nice!
    Just wondering, why put the Fender logo on it? Just for preference or looks or?

    I've built 3 guitars now, a Tele Plus, a Strat Plus, and a '51 Baritone, and I've never felt the need to put a Fender logo on them. I like them being known as customs or partscasters. I have 4 more Tele projects I'm working on building and won't put logos on those either.
     
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    Electrosocket jack?
     
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    Speaking for myself, Who cares. Some people want the look of a fender logo, some people don't. I've built 2, and one i put a label on, one i didn't. just felt right on each one to do it that way.
     
  9. Ed Alvarado

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    Nice job! I love the single ply 5 hole pickguard.
     
  10. coldfingaz

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    Very nicely done, dude!

    Congrats & enjoy! :drink
     
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    Sidmore no talent hack Silver Supporting Member

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    great looking paint job - I really like the look of this!
     
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    Love your build! Look forward to your review of how it sounds
     
  13. Killcrop

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    I have had this Tele for almost a year. Really sounds great and is balanced very nice. I may try to take the neck down a bit. Its a little bigger than I wanted. Its fun to play and looks cool as hell so I am happy. This was a worthwhile build.

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