Join Gretsch-Talk Today

Another Tele project

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

  1. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    69
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    That spalt is awesome, you must preserve and enhance that grain pattern. That's a real winner IMO.
     
    englishman likes this.
  2. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Friend of Fred

    Age:
    61
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    That's a sweet chunk of wood David!
     
    Armygirl likes this.
  3. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Slow progress with this one. I wish I had a thickness sander. I need to take the top down another .1 and it's a hard slog with the sander and 80 grit disks. I thought spalted wood was soft??? Not this stuff.
    Got the slots sawn into the ebony board, dots in, radius sander, frets and glued (@audept clamp p0rn ).

    IMG_8149.JPG IMG_8173.JPG IMG_8190.JPG IMG_8191.JPG
     
  4. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    No pick guard and a bigsby?
     
  5. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Gonna have an evertune bridge so a Bigsby won't work. Haven't decided about the pickguard yet. I did just pick up an oak neck pickup surround.
     
  6. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Age:
    49
    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    That top is spectacular!.
    The thickness sander is used pretty regular in my shop. I got lucky and found one used with a few hundred yards of various grit sand paper for a song. Keep your eye on Letgo and Craigslist.
    Mine is a 16-32 Performax, very similar to the Jet 16-32, and works well.
     
    englishman likes this.
  7. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    So what do you guys think?
    Scratchplate?
    No scratchplate and oak neck pickup surround?
    Bear in mind it'll have the evertune bridge and not that Wilkinson.
     

    Attached Files:

    Henry and Tinman46 like this.
  8. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Age:
    49
    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    I would vote no scratchplate and one of those chrome neck pu surrounds.
    thumbnail.jpg
    The evertune is chrome right?
     
    Henry likes this.
  9. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    It is, I hear a lot of conflicting reports about metal surrounds not being good for the Tele neck pickup. I think the chrome of the pickup will suffice. If I go that way lol
     
  10. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Tempted to say no scratchplate...
     
    ffooky, Zeek, Henry and 1 other person like this.
  11. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    This one is still sitting here, mocking me until I can get the 325 done or at least to the point where I'm waiting on stuff.

    IMG_8244.JPG
     
    Tinman46 likes this.
  12. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Friend of Fred

    Age:
    61
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    I'd go with the scratchplate simply because a little playing will scratch up that beautiful wood in no time flat. Maybe a clear plate?
     
    Hammerhands likes this.
  13. fender62custom

    fender62custom Friend of Fred

    Age:
    52
    Mar 3, 2012
    Helidon, Australia
  14. Henry

    Henry Friend of Fred

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    How about a tempered glass guard? Can they be made thin?
     
  15. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    Winnipeg
    I've got a glass screen protector on my iPad and my iPod screens, really thin, they are a bit flexibke.

    I wonder how they make them?

    I'm not sure how durable it is in all situations. Glass placemats break.

    You could find one without cutouts for an iPhone. Someone must make them to order.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2017
  16. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Age:
    49
    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  17. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Friend of Fred

    Age:
    61
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Tinman46 likes this.
  18. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I go back and forth and I'm for sure leaning towards an opaque scratchplate with matching binding.
     
  19. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    Germany
    Standard black scratch plate would be my choice - there is little actual figured grain it would be covering - the lower horn is perhaps even better covered since it is far more heavilly figured than the top bout.

    Glad you went for the "Chinese" option - I know it's just a question of taste but a guitar made from knotted pine always looks to me as though it's been made from the remnants of an Ikea wardrobe - even if we are only talking about a guitar top in this instance! Yuk!
     
  20. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I'm kinda liking this.

    IMG_8251.JPG IMG_8252.JPG
     
    Dead Roman, Zeek and built4speed like this.