Pirate-caster Hot Rod, more mods

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by calebaaron666, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
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    Just aesthetic stuff here.

    She needed a jolly roger on the pickguard, and I found the perfect window decal on etsy.
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    I also decided to make use of this old skull keychain from who-knows-when. I can’t remember who gave it to me.... but anyway, I glued it onto the body under the control panel.
    Also, I added a giant bolt to fill the hole where the tone knob used to be.
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    Here’s link, if anyone is interested in original build thread.
    http://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/pirate-telecaster-hot-rod.192153/

    Thanx for looking!
     
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  2. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    "Awfully Nice" , if I can say so, calebaaron666... :cool::D

    Question : did you needed to shim the neck to increase its angle, due to your tremolo install ?

    A+!
     
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  3. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Shiver me timber’s...I’ll admit, I wasn’t initially a fan of this build but you’ve won me over with these details.
    Looks great!
     
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  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Not sure I care about the plastic arm rest and the glued on skull, but I love everything else. 8 stars.;)
     
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  5. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Not really. My local tech put a tiny sliver of sandpaper in there a long time ago, but since then I’ve replaced the neck once and the bridge a few times as well as a few different shims in the neck pocket. The angle is great now with just another tiny piece of sandpaper. It’d probably be fine without it though. ;)
     
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  6. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    The armrest is an acrylic 1 ply pickguard piece. More people hate it than like it.
    Luckily, I love it!
     
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  7. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Ah, OK - thanks calebaaron666 ! ;)

    A+!
     
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  8. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I’ll say this, after I had the b5 installed I tried the jag/jazzmater bridge that came with the kit, an expensive mastery bridge and this current american pro mustang bridge. This mustang bridge is the BEST of the bunch! It’s essentially a rocking bar bridge that enables you to adjust for intonation. The tone is killer, and the tuning stability is amazing. No, I can’t punish the bigsby and expect it to stay in tune, but I can definitely use it as much as I want without killing the tuning. I love it!
     
  9. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Good tip, calebaaron666 :cool: : its not the 1st time I heard about the Mustang bridge as being a good device - notably for Jazz and Jag guitars... I note it.

    A+!
     
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  10. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

    Age:
    56
    998
    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
    Yaaar nice work
     
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  11. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Just gotta make sure you can find one with the correct neck radius. Most mustang bridges available for sale are 7.25, but luckily another member here had a 9.5 he was willing to part with.
     
  12. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    I like the little skull on the selector switch best!
     
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  13. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Haha thanx!
    That was the first “mod” i did to this guitar a long long time ago. The original tip flew off, and I couldn’t find where it went. So I crammed this lil’ skull on there and kept it on since.
    We have many many skulls around the house for all one’s needs!
     
  14. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    It's perfect... subtle but apt.
    It's easy to overdo things when there's a theme.
     
  15. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Gretschie

    479
    Feb 25, 2019
    USA
    Lol I personally hate it but it's your guitar! Put on some nekkid woman chrome things you see on truck mudflaps if that's what makes you happy! It's all good!
     
  16. RG7X

    RG7X Gretschie

    257
    Nov 11, 2018
    Los Angeles
    That guitar is a piece of art.
     
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  17. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Why thank you!
     
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  18. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    53
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I love fancy looking guitars.
     
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  19. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Me too! I wanna see more of them!
     
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