More relic-y Tele build

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    61
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Buddy of mine said he wanted a scratch built guitar from me and it had to look like an abused early butterscotch tele with maple neck and black guard.

    I had a decent piece of swamp ash that was nice and light. I've not done a one piece maple neck yet, so although it's not period correct, this one will have a two piece.

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    Drew the outline and bandsawed it out

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    I actually used the template to rout the shape this time.

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    Grainfilling :/

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  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    61
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Got the sealer on it and into the spray booth.

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    Started carving the neck.

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    Rattle can ReRanch butterscotch nitro

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    Plus a few coats of clear nitro.

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    Vintage amber tint for the neck initial coats

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    Polish it up to look pretty.

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    So I can start making it look ugly :rolleyes:.

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    Here's a fun game/ Tape off the entire fretboard for leveling/crown/polish/lacquer removal and make the smallest waste pile possible.

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  3. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    61
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    GFS Fullerton Lead set, best pickups I've heard for these.

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    I still have some work to do on the body, I did a setup on it and it plays and sounds great.
     

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  4. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Wow. That looks really old.
    Good job, again.
     
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  5. johnny g

    johnny g Synchromatic

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    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    E-man you have done it again. I look forward to your next project. Just wish I had those skills again.
     
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  6. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    48
    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Cool!

    Although i like'em a little less reliced myself,i'm more of a NOS guy when it comes to aging.

    I have a love hate relationship when it comes to relicing,i hate that its fake ,but i love how they feel.:confused::)
     
  7. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    That was fast! ;)
     
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  8. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Yeah, I wouldn't buy one like this but I'm happy to do it for others.
     
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  9. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    Germany
    Sure looks good 'n' ancient, just missing the mandatory cigarette burns on the headstock!
     
  10. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Great relic job! Looks like it would be rejected by Goodwill as unsaleable. :D
     
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  11. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    While I'm not a relic fan, that doesn't look cheesy like most do. It looks like a well used and loved guitar. Nice job!
     
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  12. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Nice build David. If you really want to go over the top you can use the vinegar trick for the large patches of bare wood.

     
  13. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    61
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I’ve been using this on this build. Interesting stuff.
     
  14. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Age:
    50
    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    I want!!!!! You did the fretboard perfectly...love everything about that!!!
     
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  15. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

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    62
    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    If I had your skills, I probably wouldn't buy another solid body guitar ever again. I'd just make what I wanted!
     
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  16. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Thanks... this could just as easily have been ReRanch shell pink :D
     
  17. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    61
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Yeah, but then you end up with a boatload of guitars lol. It's for sure shifted my focus, the only guitars I think about buying now are the real vintage items... usually fixer-uppers :)
     
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  18. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    YES!!!! Still on my mind!
     
  19. kjmac

    kjmac Gretschie

    213
    Mar 7, 2018
    Omaha, NE
    While I am certainly not a personal fan of relic guitars, you did a magnificent job of making it look authentic.
     
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  20. DrThunder

    DrThunder Electromatic

    22
    Aug 4, 2015
    nebraska
    holy crap. I want this so bad...sorry for bumping an old post, but this is so exactly what I want...relic looks real instead of slapped on...been wanting a butterscotch tele for years, but this is just another level.
     
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