New project started

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by calebaaron666, Oct 2, 2021.

  1. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I bought this generic Thinline partscaster relic on reverb for a fair price. It has classy top binding, and a great maple capped neck. Not too thin, not too fat.
    Here’s what it looked like in the listing.

    Here are the photos I took when it arrived.
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    I’m shimming the neck, adding this GFS Filtertron, and a bigsby.

    In my search for a chopped B16 I was offered this beautifully relic’d chopped B5 from @Back in Black.

    Once the Bigsby arrives, I’ll be dropping all the materials off with my man Mark Mattos here in Portland. He’s going to help set it up, cut a new nut, and make a new pickguard using this godawful stuff.

    No neck pickup, and just one knob for volume.
    Gonna be a real rat rod.

    I’ve sold off all my beaters so I wanted another knock-around guitar.
    I’ve also wanted a tele thinline for some time now.
    I already have two T-Types with single coils so I figured I’d finally get myself a plank with a Filtertron. We’ll see how the GFS does. If it’s garbage, it’ll be replaced with something better.
    Stay tuned!

    Thanx for looking.
  2. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Great project! I'm curious to see how that pickguard will look like :)
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  3. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Probably pretty ugly! Haha
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  4. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Synchromatic

    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Looks like a cool project Caleb! Would you mind taking a pic of the Bigsby where it was cut? I have a b5 that I’ve been thinking about chopping
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  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Looks like it's an honest relic.
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  6. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Synchromatic

    May 15, 2020
    Can't wait to see how that turns out! I had a reissue 69 Thinline that I lost to a pawn shop along with a Music Man 212 when I was younger and dumber. The amp was cool was I LOVED that guitar and would give nearly anything to get it back. Congrats on the sweet find and fun new project!
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  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Watching with interest!
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  8. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Sure thing! I’ll snap a pic and send it when it gets here. It’s due to arrive on Tuesday.
    However, @Back in Black can probably answer you better since he’s the chopper!

    Looks like it, but it’s about as honest as a snake oil salesman.
    I feel your pain, man. I pawned an awesome reissue 72’ custom tele back in my wild and crazy days, like the one Keith used in the late 70’s early 80’s. I skipped a monthly payment, and it was history. I miss it so. I’m tempted to get another one someday.

    Thanx, man! Me too! Haha
  9. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Synchromatic

    May 15, 2020
    Maybe we’ll both find our long lost loves someday :)
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  10. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    Very cool! Can’t wait to see how it comes along.
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  11. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    Nice man! I like the look of the patina'd black & the chopped B5 should be a great addition.
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  12. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    This looks fun!
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  13. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    Jan 9, 2013
    Looking forward to seeing the end product here. I'm still a fan of your Pirate-caster.
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  14. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Thanx man, I still got it! It’s a fun guitar.
  15. garagegods

    garagegods Electromatic

    Sep 30, 2021
    Los Angeles
    Looks like a fun project!
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  16. Marv666

    Marv666 Gretschie

    Jul 26, 2020
    That's going to be a cool guitar!
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  17. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Enjoy the project
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  18. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    What a cool little rocker!
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  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Looks like a fun project.
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  20. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada

    Gonna be cool!

    Remember, you can never have too many vacant screw holes!



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