5 String Relic Tele "Micawber" build

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Mike, one of the guitarists in "South Street Bridge" (cover band I'm in) is quite the aficionado of Keith Richards. He has a couple of guitars dedicated to five strings and open G. This has inspired me to build a replica of Keith's famous "Micawber" 1954 Tele that he used to record so many of the band's iconic songs.

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    I grabbed a swamp ash blank off eBay and roughed it out;


    I cleaned it up but soon realized it wasn't going to work, it had to be pushing 8 pounds all by itself and that would just suck. I ordered a replacement that was under five pounds.

    Keith uses a brass flat bridge, luckily Armadillo Guitars makes a version.


    Way too pretty as was all the hardware so into the salty water it went.


    With the Slick fullerton pickup. at 9.7K it's the closest I could find to Keith's 10K rewound Fender lap steel pickup he uses... plus I know these sound great.



    I think palm action would keep the tops of the saddles cleaner so I'll adjust that later.

    New body with bakelite pickguard and Seymour Duncan antiquity humbucker. I got the esquire pickguard since I will have to cut it up.


    Humbucker rout done.


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  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    This will be the first one piece neck I've done.


    I marked out all the fret positions:


    For all the good it did. I've got the truss rod channel done and had to plane it down some so I lost my markings anyway.
  3. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Great build, David. I'm generally not a fan of relicing, but for Keef's guitar it's mandatory.
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  4. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Fine job, as usual, E-man ! :cool:

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  5. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    You had me at Relic!!!!!:cool::cool::cool::)
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Lookin' good Eman
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  7. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Well, that`s a cool one!
  8. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Can't wait to see how this turns out
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  9. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Synchromatic

    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    Very cool, keep us posted!
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  10. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    The first custom shop relic's were made for Keith, little known fact:cool:
  11. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Looks good. You gonna do the skunk stripe rout in the back?
  12. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
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  13. Are you going with the blender instead of tone knob?

    I held back buying a few of these on reverb. Some are pretty expensive, some were around 1200 for a baja Mexican Tele with a new 6 minus one strat style bridge and new pickups. Some had the locking tuners. When i priced them out myself, after buying all the parts it came to about 900. So it was about 300 for someone to piece it together. Which i guess is fare, but when i went to play a stock fender Baja, I didn’t like the neck. Felt the frets off the sides and such. This looks like a decent build. More power to five strings and two fingers!
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  14. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
  15. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    I was looking at it, wonder if there's any real advantage?

  16. From what i have seen, his pick up selector is almost always in the bridge position. With the blender, it gives you both pickups without any loss of tone, and you can blend in how much of each pickup you want. I have played a few teles with a Humbucker in neck, and a strong bridge pick up, you can get close, but the blender gets rid of any tone suck from the Humbucker, and the balance of them two biting it out is what gives the sound we’re are accustomed to. A neck Humbucker wont get it. I would even go so far to remove that little cap transistor thing that gives the neck pickup a little tone drop.
  17. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    How does something that looks so beat-up look so pretty? Great job E-MAN
  18. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
  19. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    This is what im gonna do to my Yamaha, as it sits i can't really get a useable balance of tone so this looks the ticket. Screenshot_2019-01-02-03-22-24-1.png
    Dunno if you'll have the same mud problem with the bucker but i presume you will.
  20. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Great as always!
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