My beautiful new blonde (Tele that is...)

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  1. valcotone

    valcotone Supporting Member

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    Thought I'd share pics and details of my new tele project.

    Body is 3lb 12oz lightweight 2-piece ash from Warmoth. The neck is also Warmoth maple + rosewood total-vintage construction with SRV carve and 6105 frets. It was all finished and aged by my good friend who I swap labour with for amp work. It's really hard to get a decent pic of the blonde finish in the sun but it's really nicely done.

    Pickups are Lollar Special-T models and the bridge and tuners are Callaham. The only difficulties I had during assembly were two screws snapping in half when half driven into the neck wood... argh... which means they are staying there for now. One tuner screw and the string tree screw. I made the nut myself and it tunes and intonates up nicely. Plays so well it's silly.

    CTS pots and CRL switch plus an old black Sprague .022 tone cap.

    Sounds: Great! :D Not as brash sounding as my MIJ 52RI Tele but it's good with loads of output and clean to mean via the volume/tone controls. Killer! It'll get a good workout this week with the band which is the real test.

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  2. gkoelling

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    Congratulations, that's one sweet Tele.

    What's the amp hiding behind her?
     
  3. valcotone

    valcotone Supporting Member

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    An old Valco-made amp. I needed something to prop it up. :rotflmao
     
  4. Dave Orban

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    Sweet...! :dude

    Is that Gord's work...? That is EXACTLY what I'm looking to build, albeit with a single-ply 5-screw Bakelite guard.
     
  5. valcotone

    valcotone Supporting Member

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    hi Dave - Yeah it is! He did a great job. I like the tuxedo look and contrast of the black guard but early 60's period-correct would be white (edit: as I'm sure you already know). He aged the guard for me too.
     
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    Great looking Tele and you can't go wrong with Lollars.
    That amp looks like a 51 Valco made National 1x10 I have. What a Champ eater.:D
     
  8. HHB

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    thats one kickin tele, very nice!
     
  9. tonezoneonline

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    Very nice looking guitar .If you want to get around the broken screws ,pre drill the holes.You can use a little tape on the bit as a depth stop and then put a little soap or wax on the screws before driving them.Never use a power screw gun on guitars.If you do your to big of a hurry for guitar work.
     
  10. valcotone

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    hi Tonezoneonline, thanks for the tip. I was taking my time and did pre-drill what I thought was a good size pilot hole, but I guess it wasn't large enough! The soap/wax is a good idea, thanks... I'll try that next time.

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    Very cool!
    Congrats!!
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  12. r9player

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    Looks really nice.
    +1 on pre-drill and going nice and slow. and the wax well I never had to use that so far.
     
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    And god made the Telecaster and all was well.
     
  15. valcotone

    valcotone Supporting Member

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    Hey, thanks for the positive feedback guys. Much appreciated!!

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