Incoming NGD, and it’s a special one!

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by calebaaron666, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    A few months back it seemed like there were a lot of butterscotch tele NGD’s here, and it gave me serious GAS.

    I figured if I was going to get myself a new tele, I wanted it to be special so I asked a local luthier named Mark Mattos, who specializes in building old school pine bodied tele’s, to build me a T type with my specific specs.

    As the project took steam he gave me the option of forgoing the standard butterscotch finished pine, and instead use a 200+ year old slab of knotty pine salvaged from the first horse and carriage stop in southern Maine. How could I refuse something this unique?

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    I just checked in with him, and it looks like it’s almost done!
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    He still needs to file some string grooves in the saddles and file notches on the back of the bridge base for string passage.

    It has Nocaster style pickups and will be custom wired with a volume knob and a blend knob, no tone. The front position will be the neck pickup, the back will be bridge pickup, and the middle will be both with the option to blend.

    I considered doing another B16 bigsby, but I already have one of those so I found a “F” logo B5 for him to install.
    I love the look of those factory B5 Tele’s from the late 60’s, but I didn’t want to deal with the jazzmaster style bridge again.

    It has a fat maple neck, medium stainless steel frets, a bone nut, and nickel gotoh locking tuners with the vintage style buttons.

    I’ll absolutely post when it arrives, but I couldn’t wait to share.

    thanx for reading.
     
  2. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

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    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    This sounds awesome! can’t wait to see pics & video clips!!! :)
     
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    That's very nice.

    You've got more guts than I do though. I'm not sure that I could cover up the big beautiful knot.

    Sweet git.
     
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  4. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Right? I like the way it peaks out from under the bigsby.
    I saw the body in person last week and it’s light as a feather. He estimates the final weight will be around 6 lbs 14oz. Lightest guitar I’ve ever owned!
    It also has a bunch of nail holes so you can see though the guitar in different spots.
     
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  5. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    WA
    awesome! Are you sure those are nail holes? Seems like it just might need a couple of spots with embedded buck shot, or a tip of a carved stone arrow head stuck in there somewhere. Maybe Lewis & Clark could have used that slab of pine on one of their canoe trips up the Missouri River?
     
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  6. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    WOW that looks soooooo sweet - congrats - keen to see the finshed geetar.
    Have you got a name for this baby yet ???
     
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  7. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    My cousin in York / Kittery ( also in Maine for the membership ) used the same thing for his kitchen counter top . Took it from his horse stable below the barn on his property . That type of wood is going to last a lifetime . Guitar's looking great Cale
     
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  8. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    That’s cool!
    Yeah, this piece is from down that way in Wells which is two towns over from York. Probably the same wood.
     
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  9. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Not yet. I’ll give it a name when it starts giving me songs.:)
     
  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Yup , Wells ain't that far from him . Man , can't wait to retire up your way .... right now I need a road trip to hold me over ....soon brother soon
     
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  11. Pcampbell

    Pcampbell Gretschie

    103
    Feb 26, 2017
    Memphis, Tennessee
    That is going to be all kinds of cool!
     
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  12. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Call your guitar " Lasselle " . That's the original name of the land of my cousins house . Photo of the barn in the background IMG_2046.JPG IMG_2045.JPG IMG_2041.JPG
     
  13. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    867
    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    That is wicked cool, looks great and will be a good story to tell people when they ask about it, cos people WILL ask you about it.
     
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  14. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
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  15. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

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    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    That literally is artwork. The hardware age....wow. 200+ year old? I mean...wow!
     
  16. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Wow! That body is super cool. I really can’t wait to see it completed.

    I love the huge knot too. That Would’ve been a tough decision to cover it... form or function. It’s great to see truly vintage wood repurposed.
     
  17. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    700
    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    Yeah, you can tell people it was George Washington's first Telecaster. Have fun with it!
     
  18. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Yeah, he tastefully ages the hardware on all of his builds so it better matches with the wood.
    Very cool.
     
  19. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Sweet Guitar!
     
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  20. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    How’s he going to finish it? Leaving it barebones or applying a sealant or oil of some sort?
     
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