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Pine Esquires and Tele's are the best!!! Boatnecks are the best! Fabgear just RAWKS

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by michael.e, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. michael.e

    michael.e Supporting Member

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    There's only 2 seconds of video unless there's something wrong with my browser.
     
  3. michael.e

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    I'm THAT fast!!
    Meedley....

    No, there is about 2 minutes of vid. I am playing the full vid on my compuper.

    M.E.

    Nevermind............... something is funky. It was playing fine a while ago...

    Hmm..




    EDIT- It is working now! M.E.
     
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    :AOK I agree. I have a GVCG pine esquire. Lots of great tones.
     
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    WOW.

    Great tones. You gotta tell us what pickups and amp you are using.
     
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    Thanks, I am having much fun~!

    Well, at least till I get my Bassman head and Z 4-10!!

    Anyhoo....


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    Here is an excerpt from the thread that Jeff of Fabgear started in the Dealers section.


    Specs of the guitar are as follows:
    -Full thickness 2 piece white pine body, no wire route(as per pine prototypes), router hump in cutaway, blunted control cavity, offset ferrule holes. Body weight by itself is 4 lbs. 3 oz. Really a beautiful piece, handmade by SteveJr. I'd highly recommend him.
    - Warmoth total vintage construction one-piece maple neck. Boatneck profile, 7.25" radius, 6230 frets. VERY comfy.
    -Handwound Vintage Vibe bridge pickup by Pete Biltoft. Wound to 10K Ohms, flush Alnico 2 magnets(might be Alnico 3 but I'd have to check), cloth covered wire leads. Not my first order from Pete but just as wonderful as my others and won't be my last. I modified the pickup by adding the slightly oval hole in the center of the pickup and laquered the top of the pickup as well.
    -Bigsby B5, modified to 50's specs. This piece is very special because it was generously donated to me by my friend Eric Bergman who runs the Telemodders board. I certainly didn't expect such a present and it makes the finished guitar that much more special.

    Other parts include:
    -Fender 3-saddle Pat Pend reissue bridge, currently equipped with brass non compensated saddles. I might eventually swap them out for steel ones.
    -Black Bakelite pickguard, laquered and sprayed complete with 5" "halo" on back.
    -Kluson reissue no-line tuners, nickel plated
    -Fender AV52RI dome knurled knobs. Nice knurling, good heft.
    -CTS 250K pots, RI CRL 1452 3 way switch, NOS carbon comp 3.3K resistor, NOS .033 molded paper in oil capacitors. Cloth covered pushback wire hookup.
    - Brian Poe/Hi Tech Tool milled jack cup
    -Genuine 50's Pat Pend Dakaware switchtip
    -Entire guitar fitted with nickel plated oval slotted screws and round steel screws

    Body is finished in light coat of nitro, then light passes of Guitar ReRanch Butterscotch Blonde Nitro to opaque the grain a little more than 50 percent. Light coats of Deft clear nitro on top.
    Neck is finished in light passes of Guitar ReRanch Fender neck amber and then light coats of clear nitro. Esquire decal appears oto be flat grey in pics, but it's really nice and metallic silver.

    I could not have imagined that when all done, it would have come out as nicely and play as well as it does. Even unplugged the guitar is LOUD and resonant! Nice clear tone, smooth roll-off (someone suggested that since I had some NOS .033s to try them as I might get a little more evenness in the tone adjustment). The boatneck is extremely comfortable and the thin finish overall is really curing well and adding a lot to the sound. The finished guitar weighs in about 6-6.5 lbs. total(I had to weigh it with a bathroom scale) and sits really comfortable and balanced.
     
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    Nice stuff. I am in love with my pine Esquire. I have only had it a couple of months but it is an amazing tone machine. Many more tones than I could have imagined with a single pickup guitar.
     
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    Thanks! I love this guitar!! I am really feeling this guitar. Bonding big time.

    Here is a cheeze whiz clip where I am doing bedroom volumes. The response is so lively even at this low volume.
    I do a run 3 times over that has the tonestack bypass engaged on the first run.

    Huggge versatility!

    M.E.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHLwn_UkoPY
     
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    Here is a clip where I describe how I am using the guitar without stepping on a thing. I can get sweet, bitey chords to thick leads that have plenty of chank and grind. Again, at seriously low volumes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymhieSSJ8-0

    Esquire/Zim/Velocette-Mic'd to a board with a delay in an aux.

    No other effects. You are hearing the speaker from the amp and the speaker from the monitor, that's it.

    M.E.
     
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    I've got a pine body coming to me right now. I can't wait. I have most of the parts, too.

    But this one is going to have a Lollar CC neck pickup on it.

    Anyone know if pine is difficult to finish with nitro? Does it need a lot of grain filler?

    Greg
     
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    Hey Greg,
    Did you pick up one of the Steve JR. bodies in the Emporium? Evidently his bodies are quite sought after.

    Jeff of Fabgear did not use filler for the Nitro finish on my axe. His intention was to keep the body as light and resonant as possible and I am stoked with the results.
    Judging by the finish on my guitar, I would say that it should not need that, that much, but that will depend on just how much of the flat grain is running on the top of the body.

    M.E.
     
  14. MightyGuru

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    What are the tonal differences between pine and ash/alder?

    Great tones, BTW!
     

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