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Another Tele project

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Aside from the extra-large neck, the guitar for Dead Roman was pretty interesting. The evertune bridge worked way better than I would have thought and the Fishman Fluence Greg Koch Gristle Tone pickup sounded pretty good.

    So I decided to go ahead with a more traditional Tele build using these components.

    This is the pile of wood so far:
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    One piece ash body, maple neck. The top here is knotty red pine which I'm kind of on the fence about. I have a little time before I have to make that decision anyway. I have the pickups and I'm waiting for the bridge to be delivered. Going with an ebony fingerboard.

    This will be my 24th project already!
     
  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
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    I also have this top coming in from China.. I might wait until it arrives before deciding.

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  3. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Do the knotted pine man! I love that look.
     
  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Country Gent

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    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    The Chinese book matched wood looks good, too.
     
  5. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I'm still struggling here. The OCD side of me doesn't like that the top isn't bookmatched. The ash is fine.

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  6. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    I'd wait on that Chinese piece. It looks like it might be unreal cool.

    What did you like about the pups?

    I wish they made an Evertune tremolo. Lol
     
  7. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Normally I'm not a fan of active pickups but these just sounded delightful to me. Pure Tele goodness and then a button to give them a little goose. Zero 60 cycle hum but still single coil goodness. Volume and tone have nice tapers, predicable and gradual. Lose no treble turning down.
     
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  8. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

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    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    I really like that spalted top. I can picture some crushed turquoise inlay in the nooks and crannies.
     
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  9. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I'm going to hold off until I see it. This is going to be such a cool guitar I'll want it to be the best it can be. Wonder if I should make the neck chunky to appeal to those people? :)
     
  10. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I'm really liking that Chinese top!
     
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  11. Henry

    Henry Friend of Fred

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Are you planning to sell or keep or up in the air?
     
  12. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    You wouldn't see the joint in the pine if you used one of these;) Screenshot_2017-07-17-17-51-58-1.png
     
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  13. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Always hope to sell to finance the next one.
     
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  14. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Body cut out and chambering began. Chinese top made it to Chicago so I should have that by next week.

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  15. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    Is it just me, or is that Chinese wood kinda, um, vaginaesque?
     
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  16. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    It's Yoni-grain.
     
  17. fender62custom

    fender62custom Friend of Fred

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    Mar 3, 2012
    Helidon, Australia
    24th build!!!!! crikey!!! you've been busy!!!!!!! l like both tops!!!
     
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  18. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    The pine-one looks like "chinese-eyes". Quite magic.
     
  19. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    So the spalt from China arrived. I do think I like it better than the pine!

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  20. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Yes,yes yes!