Ron Kirn Signature Tele: Build Thread

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  1. iim7v7im7

    iim7v7im7 Member

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    After a few years of being without a Tele (sold my CS Nocaster to a fellow TGP member), I have returned to the notion that a Tele is a required guitar to have. I have owned two Teles over the last 20-years. I also have owned one of Ron Kirn's (http://www.ronkirn.com/) custom Strat for 3-years now (http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=1091019), and it is a FANTASTIC guitar. It is simply the best playing Strat that I have ever touched. Musically, it covers a lot of the territory that a Tele covers, but not every sound and playing a Strat just feels different. I knew that if I ever wanted another Tele, I would have to have Ron build it for me.

    Here are the Spec's for the build. Somewhat 1960s in some ways, 1950s in others, and modern here and there.

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    Body Wood: 2-Piece, Swamp Ash
    Finish: Vintage Translucent Blonde, Nitro
    Pickguard: 1-Ply, Parchment White
    Pickups: Klein, Nocaster Epic Series
    Bridge: Callaham, Vintage T Bridge w/ 3-Enhanced Compensated Brass Saddles & String Ferrules
    Electronics: .033 mfd Cap, CTS Pots, Switchcraft 3-Position Switch & Jack, Cloth Wire
    Hardware: Chrome Control Plate, Flat Top Knobs, Neck Plate, Jack Cup, Strap Buttons
    Neck: 1-Piece, AAA Birdseye Maple, 1960s Oval, 0.82"@1st Fret, 0.96"@12th Fret
    Fretboard: East Indian Rosewood, 9-1/2"-12" Compound Radius, Abalone Dots, 6125, Stainless Fret Wire, 21-Frets
    Nut: 1.65", Unbleached Bone
    String Trees: Old Style Round, Chrome
    Tuners: Gotoh SD91, Nickel
    Strings: Nickel, .011"-.048"
    Case: G&G, Blonde


    Over the next few months, as I receive updates from Ron, I will post build photos to this thread.
     
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  2. jabba

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    I own 2 of Ron's tele style guitars. Both are totally awesome. I'm sure yours will be great.
     
  3. 1radicalron

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    I own a Kirn Tele, Your making the right choice. He makes Great Guitars!
     
  4. iim7v7im7

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    Thanks, I know he will. Here's my 2012 Kirn Signature Strat.

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  5. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't know which is more fun, making 'em or playing 'em... I figure it won't be long before the gubmint figgures out a way to either make 'em a controlled substance, or slap some huge tax on 'em... I mean, they aren't gonna let anyone have this much fun without messing it up some way... tone tax anyone?? :mob

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  6. iim7v7im7

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    How many microfarads in that "gubmint" tone tax?

    :)
     
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    Beautiful fretboard on that strat.
     
  8. iim7v7im7

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    Thanks...it's Brazilian Rosewood
     
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    I love my Ron Kirn Tele and play it every day.

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    Congrats...I love the Klein Epic series Nocaster pickups...
     
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    Seegs,

    I just installed a Klein Nocaster on my main Tele. Very nice!
     
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    Awesome Ian...
     
  13. iim7v7im7

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    Ron picked an ash body for my Tele today.

    Ash lumber the size suitable to make Tele bodies is mostly available in flat-sawn or rift-sawn boards, but Ron was able to humor my aesthetic preferences by finding a set within his wood locker that showed some quarter-sawn to rift-sawn grain character.

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    Additionally, Ron pointed out that the more slabby figure in the treble side will mostly be obscured by the pickguard and control plate. This should look very nice through a translucent blonde finish.
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    That is a beautiful body.
     
  15. dmentzer

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    You'll like the blonde and the guitar.
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  16. iim7v7im7

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    Very nice...:)

    Mine will have lots of common, but will have a parchment pickguard and rosewood fingerboard.

     
  17. jjkuz

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    Gigged my Kirn "creamsicle" Tele today. It has Klein Epic Nocaster pickups and sounds amazing!!!!
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    Bob, that is a great piece of wood and that is going to be a great build. Are you sure that isn't a one-piece body?
     
  18. iim7v7im7

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    Well, it sure doesn't look like a 2-piece body. A very very nice piece of wood.
     
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    What is the turnaround on these beauties?
     

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