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Weathered

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Just got this one bolted together today - it's a bit of an improv, as I had the neck already, picked up the body off of Reverb and had no intention of making it an Esquire. I was originally planning to put on a mint green PG and shoot for a very 60's vibe, but as I was parts shopping I came across the black Esquire PG and I realized that I've already got 2 '62 Custom styled builds. I haven't finished the setup, but it's very close already without adjusting the truss rod at all yet. Off to a pretty good start...

I wanted something with a bit of push, so the pickup is a Lollar J Street, and I'll be doing the Eldred-style wiring in it. Right now, the bridge is a Barden, but I don't love the string alignment so I might look to get a different set of saddles.

As a quick follow-up to this, the wiring is complete, the setup is done, and this is a LOUD guitar. Even just acoustically, it's really lively, much moreso than my other two Teles. This seems like one of those that just seems to vibe for whatever reason. And the J-Street seems to be the perfect pickup to lean into that vibe - it's got tons of snarl.
 

Visual Guy

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another update to my (OP) build - after deciding to have the painter do another pass of yellowing/tinted clear... I felt the color looked cool. So it went to aging. From the photos it looks as though they did a fantastic job making the body look similar to the sample pic I provided. The body is currently in the checking process now but I’m getting that it will ship this week! Here are a couple photos of the body aged!

 

Voxshall

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another update to my (OP) build - after deciding to have the painter do another pass of yellowing/tinted clear... I felt the color looked cool. So it went to aging. From the photos it looks as though they did a fantastic job making the body look similar to the sample pic I provided. The body is currently in the checking process now but I’m getting that it will ship this week! Here are a couple photos of the body aged!

I like that level of aging too, nothing to drastic that could cause it to seem unrealistic, it's going to be a killer tele when finished.
 

dumbell78

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This thread is so cool, using it for some much needed inspiration. I'm in the process of putting together a MJT HSS Strat kit. Keep it coming guys.
 

the.godfather

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A quick question for those that have ordered the full kit from MJT. What level of finishing on the neck do they perform? Do they level, crown, tidy the frets and finish it to the point of you just needing to add electronics? I just wondered because it wasn't very clear on their site and I've never ordered from them before. I'd be planning to send it to a good tech anyway but it would be good to know.
 

Visual Guy

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A quick question for those that have ordered the full kit from MJT. What level of finishing on the neck do they perform? Do they level, crown, tidy the frets and finish it to the point of you just needing to add electronics? I just wondered because it wasn't very clear on their site and I've never ordered from them before. I'd be planning to send it to a good tech anyway but it would be good to know.
If you are just ordering the kit, there will be no fret work. Depending on your neck it may come already leveled. (I think Warmoth are pretty good about that). If you have MJT build the entire guitar, I'm pretty sure they do a set up job, but plan on having it addressed on your own is the safe way. I went with an Allparts neck. Tuners were installed and the neck was painted. But the nut was packaged separate and the the frets were all over the place like most Allparts necks.
 

Visual Guy

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It's been about 2 weeks since the actual New Guitar Day, but now is as good of a time as any. This guitar was the inspiration that started this thread after I commissioned the build with MJT. Below are photos, followed by some specs and then some things that I learned while working with MJT, maybe someone will find it useful later. Here is the Checkocaster!


Double bound Alder in Firemist Silver
Allparts TRO-C neck (.84-.95)
Thicker bridge plate from Advanced Music Products
AMP Brass compensated saddles
Stew Mac Golden Age Harness
Pickups are from Bob Tyson at Tyson Tone Labs. Broadcaster(ish)
All the other hardware was from MJT
Custom Bone Nut instead of the one provided by MJT
And 60's Telecaster Custom decal for all you haters! :)
The guitar clocks in a 7lbs 3oz

Experience:

My experience with MJT was overall positive. I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10. When starting the project Matt continued to email me and I felt really comfortable with moving forward with the project. Then Wendy became my project manager and she got more details from me. I drop shipped my neck to them for an over spray finish and told them I would provide my bridge/saddles to them for aging. Everything went really smooth up until the last few weeks of the project. And here are some things I learned and thought I'd share.

  • Their photos via email are low quality. It was hard to judge the color and aging b/c the details just weren't there. It also made it hard to judge the amount of yellowing and the guitar didn't turn out as green as I had hoped, but it is still cool imo.
  • I mailed my bridge/saddles to them for aging. When the parts came back, they hadn't touched them. They also sent neck screws that weren't aged as well, which was weird. So I ended up finding some muriatic acid and doing the ziplock container thing and it was successful. (Kids don't try this at home).
  • Checking. This one was painful. You have two options. Razor blade across the body style, or compressed air/blow dryer style. I went with the across the body style, but specifically asked for just a little here and there and that I didn't want the entire body to be lined up and down b/c I think it looks fake. This information didn't make it to the aging guy, and now you can see from one photo, the entire body has been checked. Front and back are the same. Its super excessive. And the most disappointing thing about the entire project. :( The metallic in the silver makes it worse b/c it stands out in certain light. A lot of the photos I took were angled so that the checking wasn't visible. If I could go back I would avoid it altogether but we are hear now and the "Checkocaster" lives :)
I brought these things up to Wendy, and she apologized. Apparently they were dealing with some family issues and she was overwhelmed and just dropped the ball on a few things. I can live with it and the sting is already subsiding. I'm a Visual Guy (hehe) and I can be a little too particular about things that don't matter. Everything else worked out and the Checkocaster held its own against a Danocaster and two different Jeff Senn Pomonas yesterday while hanging with some pals. It's not quite on that level, but its pretty close to it and the cost was $1460 after paying a tech $350 to cut a bone nut, level/dress/crown the frets and assemble the entire guitar from the provided parts/kit. It is a successful build and even with a few mishaps, I'd order from them again. With the things I learned I think I could nail the next build.

This has been a fun thread and please keep the photos and vids of your MJTs coming!

Cheers!
 

baiff

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I think the color is cool as hell! Although the checking isn't what you may have wanted I can say that my MJT's have checked a lot over the years. Yours looks good and not too overdone.
 

Visual Guy

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I think the color is cool as hell! Although the checking isn't what you may have wanted I can say that my MJT's have checked a lot over the years. Yours looks good and not too overdone.
Thanks man - in certain light it is pretty over done. But like I said, It will be what it is now. The Checkocaster lives! :) I appreciate your help/feedback on this btw.
 

Voxshall

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It's been about 2 weeks since the actual New Guitar Day, but now is as good of a time as any. This guitar was the inspiration that started this thread after I commissioned the build with MJT. Below are photos, followed by some specs and then some things that I learned while working with MJT, maybe someone will find it useful later. Here is the Checkocaster!


Double bound Alder in Firemist Silver
Allparts TRO-C neck (.84-.95)
Thicker bridge plate from Advanced Music Products
AMP Brass compensated saddles
Stew Mac Golden Age Harness
Pickups are from Bob Tyson at Tyson Tone Labs. Broadcaster(ish)
All the other hardware was from MJT
Custom Bone Nut instead of the one provided by MJT
And 60's Telecaster Custom decal for all you haters! :)
The guitar clocks in a 7lbs 3oz

Experience:

My experience with MJT was overall positive. I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10. When starting the project Matt continued to email me and I felt really comfortable with moving forward with the project. Then Wendy became my project manager and she got more details from me. I drop shipped my neck to them for an over spray finish and told them I would provide my bridge/saddles to them for aging. Everything went really smooth up until the last few weeks of the project. And here are some things I learned and thought I'd share.

  • Their photos via email are low quality. It was hard to judge the color and aging b/c the details just weren't there. It also made it hard to judge the amount of yellowing and the guitar didn't turn out as green as I had hoped, but it is still cool imo.
  • I mailed my bridge/saddles to them for aging. When the parts came back, they hadn't touched them. They also sent neck screws that weren't aged as well, which was weird. So I ended up finding some muriatic acid and doing the ziplock container thing and it was successful. (Kids don't try this at home).
  • Checking. This one was painful. You have two options. Razor blade across the body style, or compressed air/blow dryer style. I went with the across the body style, but specifically asked for just a little here and there and that I didn't want the entire body to be lined up and down b/c I think it looks fake. This information didn't make it to the aging guy, and now you can see from one photo, the entire body has been checked. Front and back are the same. Its super excessive. And the most disappointing thing about the entire project. :( The metallic in the silver makes it worse b/c it stands out in certain light. A lot of the photos I took were angled so that the checking wasn't visible. If I could go back I would avoid it altogether but we are hear now and the "Checkocaster" lives :)
I brought these things up to Wendy, and she apologized. Apparently they were dealing with some family issues and she was overwhelmed and just dropped the ball on a few things. I can live with it and the sting is already subsiding. I'm a Visual Guy (hehe) and I can be a little too particular about things that don't matter. Everything else worked out and the Checkocaster held its own against a Danocaster and two different Jeff Senn Pomonas yesterday while hanging with some pals. It's not quite on that level, but its pretty close to it and the cost was $1460 after paying a tech $350 to cut a bone nut, level/dress/crown the frets and assemble the entire guitar from the provided parts/kit. It is a successful build and even with a few mishaps, I'd order from them again. With the things I learned I think I could nail the next build.

This has been a fun thread and please keep the photos and vids of your MJTs coming!

Cheers!
Looks great, really like your choices, I get mine back this week after getting a neck refret and a neck pocket perfectly fitted to my neck. I also had lots of checking in a similar way to yours but I don’t mind as I can only see sections at a time, so it may not show up in my darker paint so much.

My ordering experience matched yours lots of stuff was excellent a few things not so great but overall very happy. I think if I ordered again I’d have every last detail worked out before the build and send all info to them at the start with detailed picture examples etc. What I did was go in unsure and change my mind lots and that really complicates the process. I also really like the body paint and relic work but wouldn’t use them for ageing hardware or plastics I think I can do a better job at that stuff myself.
 
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Visual Guy

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Looks great, really like your choices, I get mine back this week after getting a neck refret and a neck pocket perfected fitted to my neck. I also had lots of checking in a similar way to yours but I don’t mind as I can only see sections at a time, so it may not show up in my darker paint so much.

My ordering experience matched yours lots of stuff was excellent a few things not so great but overall very happy. I think if I ordered again I’d have every last detail worked out before the build and send all info to them at the start with detailed picture examples etc. What I did was go in unsure and change my mind lots and that really complicates the process. I also really like the body paint and relic work but wouldn’t use them for ageing hardware or plastics I think I can do a better job at that stuff myself.
Nice! Yes, I suspect they are so busy it is hard to keep us folks who are too detailed all sorted out. I provided a pretty in depth word doc to them, but it seemed as if it wasn’t really looked at. No sweat. The guitar turned out pretty great and although it is’t the “dream” guitar, thats probably because I could describe it down to the last aged mark and tint of a color haha. Visual Guy level 11/10
 

Voxshall

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Nice! Yes, I suspect they are so busy it is hard to keep us folks who are too detailed all sorted out. I provided a pretty in depth word doc to them, but it seemed as if it wasn’t really looked at. No sweat. The guitar turned out pretty great and although it is’t the “dream” guitar, thats probably because I could describe it down to the last aged mark and tint of a color haha. Visual Guy level 11/10
Ha ha I did the same regarding in-depth word doc, maybe gave to much detail ha ha
 

baiff

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Thanks man - in certain light it is pretty over done. But like I said, It will be what it is now. The Checkocaster lives! :) I appreciate your help/feedback on this btw.
No problem. I just won an aged Allparts TRO-C neck on ebay so it has begun again! I am thinking a Dakota Red or LPB Esquire.
 

Voxshall

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No problem. I just won an aged Allparts TRO-C neck on ebay so it has begun again! I am thinking a Dakota Red or LPB Esquire.
I literally just got a finished LPB strat and Dakota red Tele this week, you couldn’t have chosen more drastically different colours, what did you end up with?
 
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Voxshall

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Almost done, just have to decide if I'll patch up the vintage pickguard or swap it out for a fatboy repro guard, also need to sand off the refin on the neck and sort out the 5 way which feels stiff, rubbing against the metal shield on one side and guard on the other side is my guess. Also need to change the switch tip to one that is vintage shaped and get gold screws for the pickups and 5 way. Also need to file down the saddle screws, wear and age the gold hardware a bit. Anyway I'm really happy with how it turned out, the best setup I've ever had high E is 1.4mm from the 12th and no buzz or fret out on a 7.25 radius board, plays amazing setup with Hendrix gauge string, I already have a main strat so this will be a specialised strat setup for playing funk.



 
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TheWayfarer84

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It's been about 2 weeks since the actual New Guitar Day, but now is as good of a time as any. This guitar was the inspiration that started this thread after I commissioned the build with MJT. Below are photos, followed by some specs and then some things that I learned while working with MJT, maybe someone will find it useful later. Here is the Checkocaster!


Double bound Alder in Firemist Silver
Allparts TRO-C neck (.84-.95)
Thicker bridge plate from Advanced Music Products
AMP Brass compensated saddles
Stew Mac Golden Age Harness
Pickups are from Bob Tyson at Tyson Tone Labs. Broadcaster(ish)
All the other hardware was from MJT
Custom Bone Nut instead of the one provided by MJT
And 60's Telecaster Custom decal for all you haters! :)
The guitar clocks in a 7lbs 3oz

Experience:

My experience with MJT was overall positive. I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10. When starting the project Matt continued to email me and I felt really comfortable with moving forward with the project. Then Wendy became my project manager and she got more details from me. I drop shipped my neck to them for an over spray finish and told them I would provide my bridge/saddles to them for aging. Everything went really smooth up until the last few weeks of the project. And here are some things I learned and thought I'd share.

  • Their photos via email are low quality. It was hard to judge the color and aging b/c the details just weren't there. It also made it hard to judge the amount of yellowing and the guitar didn't turn out as green as I had hoped, but it is still cool imo.
  • I mailed my bridge/saddles to them for aging. When the parts came back, they hadn't touched them. They also sent neck screws that weren't aged as well, which was weird. So I ended up finding some muriatic acid and doing the ziplock container thing and it was successful. (Kids don't try this at home).
  • Checking. This one was painful. You have two options. Razor blade across the body style, or compressed air/blow dryer style. I went with the across the body style, but specifically asked for just a little here and there and that I didn't want the entire body to be lined up and down b/c I think it looks fake. This information didn't make it to the aging guy, and now you can see from one photo, the entire body has been checked. Front and back are the same. Its super excessive. And the most disappointing thing about the entire project. :( The metallic in the silver makes it worse b/c it stands out in certain light. A lot of the photos I took were angled so that the checking wasn't visible. If I could go back I would avoid it altogether but we are hear now and the "Checkocaster" lives :)
I brought these things up to Wendy, and she apologized. Apparently they were dealing with some family issues and she was overwhelmed and just dropped the ball on a few things. I can live with it and the sting is already subsiding. I'm a Visual Guy (hehe) and I can be a little too particular about things that don't matter. Everything else worked out and the Checkocaster held its own against a Danocaster and two different Jeff Senn Pomonas yesterday while hanging with some pals. It's not quite on that level, but its pretty close to it and the cost was $1460 after paying a tech $350 to cut a bone nut, level/dress/crown the frets and assemble the entire guitar from the provided parts/kit. It is a successful build and even with a few mishaps, I'd order from them again. With the things I learned I think I could nail the next build.

This has been a fun thread and please keep the photos and vids of your MJTs coming!

Cheers!
I love this build! Very cool. I wouldn't sweat the checking. There's a 85% chance it would have ended up looking that checked in the not too distant future anyways. The lines look how most metallic finishes end up checking. It's the insane spiderweb/broken glass jobs (like my MJT strat) that look funky. I wouldn't have ever ordered it that way - but I love it all the same and barely think twice about it now.
 




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