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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Jazzmaster body, Burgundy Mist - Alder, 1.9kg, fully USA vintage spec. £240 shipped in the UK.

    Ready for wet-sanding and buffing. Default will be a factory, high gloss mirror finish, but if you want it and prefer an aged look or light relic you can specify that as I'm just waiting for some abrasives to arrive. Bear in mind as the final sanding and buffing is yet to be done it will look even better than this! Should be able to get it to you in time for Xmas. This is the lighter, vintage correct Burgundy Mist, not the darker, purple-toned paint that sometimes crops up.



    Sherwood Green Strat body, USA 60s routs and contours, Alder - will check weigh today - £250 shipped in the UK. 

    Gorgeous... Proper vintage hue of Sherwood Green. So much flake in this one. Again, it is waiting to be wet sanded and buffed, so multiple the effect by 10 once that's done! Should be stunning. 







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  • Stunning finishes rexter... And those pics show your work to be as quality as anyone else's.  Sadly, I finish my own guitars and use matte Polyurethane for a modern look. However, if I ever need a gloss Nitro finish done then I will be in touch :) 
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Thanks very much! Yep hit me up if the need ever arises.

    Probably won't be in the spraybooth much over the coming weeks although have a lot to wrap up.

    Here's an odd couple I worked on yesterday... an aged Inca Silver Telecaster for a member here and a Shergold 6 string bass for someone at offsetguitars.com - in a rather bright Competition Orange alike...




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  • rexter said:
    Thanks very much! Yep hit me up if the need ever arises.

    Probably won't be in the spraybooth much over the coming weeks although have a lot to wrap up.

    Here's an odd couple I worked on yesterday... an aged Inca Silver Telecaster for a member here and a Shergold 6 string bass for someone at offsetguitars.com - in a rather bright Competition Orange alike...





    Will do =)  BTW, love the orange - did a similar matte version on one of my recent builds.

    Merry Christmas 
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 83
    Finishes are looking beautiful there, Rexter.
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    @KempGuitars ;; yep I was just browsing your thread earlier and saw the orange one - looks awesome!

    and thanks @rze99! will be an update for you after between xmas and New year. Itching to get to the workshop again. Other things in the way this week.

    Something a bit different from me - a couple of aged Teles. Both for sale at £230 shipped in the UK








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  • SchmoSchmo Frets: 11
    Very cool mate...love the metallics, but not enough ageing for me - how far would you go relic-wise ?
    I'm talking MJT-level...
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Cheers schmo!
    these two teles are done to my personal preference I guess - which is a pretty light relic i suppose.

    But... relicing has become an art and a style in its own right now and my ultimate goal is customer satisfaction, so at the risk of sounding sleazy, I’ll go as far as anyone wants me to!

    All of my bodies start out with the same level of intensive prep as if they were to sport a factory finish which I think helps keep them looking quite legit. Got to admit it’s sometimes pretty painful to put that first ding on them!
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  • SchmoSchmo Frets: 11
    Rexter, your stuff looks truly great.

    I'm a big relic fan, but like a certain amount/location/overall look - I'm picky I guess !

    For example, I can't stand what Suhr does as a relic, not my bag at all, there are others too I'm not so big a fan of...

    So far, the MJT stuff is my fave - but with talent here in the UK and the poor £:$ plus import etc its a no-brainer. I'd be looking to put something together in the new year, I have a great builder to possibly do the work but need my hand held re compatible neck fit etc. Hopefully talk next year - keep up the great work & all the best with your new business...

    Graeme
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Cheers man! Your last paragraph is partly what made me decide to take this from a long term hobby (sorry, obsession!) to something more. I love MJT stuff/Rutters/Musikraft etc but prices of importing as you say, are now pretty prohibitive so I figured I could offer something similar to UK/EU buyers. Of course I'm not the only one with that thought, so it's a buyer's market now!  =)
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  • ChalkyChalky Frets: 5686
    What wood and weight is the LPB tele body?
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    @Chalky ; - it's Alder, 2 piece and 2.2kg. So a little more heft to it then the SHoreline Gold body which is also 2 piece alder but 1.9KG.

    I can't post links to my Reverb.com sales can I? More pics and details there... It's developing some really nice horizontal checking as I keep moving it from a very warm room to the shed. I don't like the compressed air can approach, doesn't look right to me. Looking forward to the supposed 'arctic' temps tonight... very hard to capture it in a picture though, especially out of natural light.






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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Just sending off this neck to a customer - an Allparts SRO-21 with a delicious light vintage tint and Gotoh SD91s, by far the best tuners for vintage looks and rock-solid reliability. Love 'em!




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  • SchmoSchmo Frets: 11
    Great choice of tuners, thats what I'd be going for !

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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    edited January 6
    Stealing these pictures from my friend over at offsetguitars.com who has reassembled his '64 Jazzmaster that I refinished in a light Candy Apple Red (Firemist Gold basecoat). Lovely looking guitar...

    I love ridding vintage guitars of horrible refins and giving them the finish they deserve, drop me a message if I can help you!




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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Busy Sunday...




    And finished this basket case strat refin... well not exactly basket case, but it was a bit of a state when it came to me. Had to rebuild the horns pretty much as had been stripped with heat and a metal scraper and already had a tonne of battle scars. Now it's a cheap guitar with a very expensive looking paint job! Think the owner is going to be very happy.






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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    edited January 13
    This Firemist Gold tele body was one of the first jobs I completed after getting properly setup last spring. It's new owner (Joe from the awesome band Wolf People) just finished assembling it as a pretty lovely Esquire and posted a few pics on Offsetguitars (I think 99% percent of members are also closet Tele fans). This has got to be one of my favourite colours for a Telecaster, especially when it's darkened a little to a coppery tone like I did for this one. Firemist Gold 60s-style Tele is definitely near the top of my "Build one for myself" list...




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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Been working on this beauty for @Flametop ... lightweight 2-piece alder body and a delicious Ice Blue Metallic finish. Should get final clearcoats on tomorrow or later in the week. 





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  • I have a project I would like you to give me a price on please.....how do I contact you?    Bill      It's a 2008 Fender Ash, already routed but totally blank and unfinished / unstarted. It's a genuine factory Fender but a reject by them due to some wormwood holes.     Ideally mebe a Brucie (Springsteen) finish on it....regards    Bill
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  • Beautiful stuff there @rexter ;, bravo!
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    I have a project I would like you to give me a price on please.....how do I contact you?    Bill      It's a 2008 Fender Ash, already routed but totally blank and unfinished / unstarted. It's a genuine factory Fender but a reject by them due to some wormwood holes.     Ideally mebe a Brucie (Springsteen) finish on it....regards    Bill
    Hey Bill super busy at the moment but could do you a lovely butterscotch, starting a couple of blonde Teles soon. Have dropped you a PM
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Been madly busy lately and not made it out to my workshop much at all, but did manage to get this lovely lightly aged Inca Silver body ready to send to @rze99 last weekend. A little bit of tint really makes this colour a lot more exciting I think.


    Another busy few days of sanding and buffing this weekend (including your IBM strat @Flametop !!) before starting a big batch of refins and custom orders. Excited about the next lot of orders - it features a Shoreline Gold Jag, LPB Jag, JM & tele. LPB over sunburst Strat, Blonde Tele, aged Firemist Silver JM... lots of cool commissions. A lot of LPB this time... 

    At capacity until late March/early April by the looks of it. Wish I hadn't sliced my trigger finger wide open with a razor blade as soon as I got to the workshop this morning! 








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  • FlametopFlametop Frets: 48
    Great to hear that you’re busy! Very excited to get the body and neck now. 
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Flametop said:
    Great to hear that you’re busy! Very excited to get the body and neck now. 
    Productive day today, and even some gorgeous sunshine to take some nice pics of your body! All done now apart from the fretwork on the neck. Looks damn nice...














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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    Pretty much finished up the Shergold bass body too. The orange came out nicely in the end!


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  • That relic blue tele looks amazing. Do you still have it?
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    That relic blue tele looks amazing. Do you still have it?
    Thanks, yeah that one came out nicely! Sold on eBay last month. Can do another one for you if you want to send me a message sometime. Have a massive run of LPB jobs coming up so one more wouldn't be a problem!
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  • Just beautiful work.. :o
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 172
    12 hour day of prepping and sealing today and still more to do. Good to have a lot of Jazzmaster and Jaguar bodies and refins in my next batch of orders... These ones are just hanging getting to the right temperature pre-sealer earlier today.



    And if anyone is curious to see what's under the old Fender AVRI 'nitro' finish:



    It's a 1-2mm thick layer of poly sealer - common knowledge now I guess, but still interesting to experience firsthand. It pretty much just lifted off this JM with a gentle heat. Far easier than using stripper in this case.



    not long later:





    No major prejudice against such sealer-primer layers - they are actually a real dream to paint over - but the guitar has shed a few MM and a fair few grammes since this afternoon!
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1896
    The amount of “nitro” finishes I have stripped which are nothing more than plastic nonsense is incredible.

    People genuinely believe they’re getting the real thing because that’s what the spec sheet said. False advertising much?!
    SC Relics Guitars - Aged Nitro partcaster specialist
    www.screlics.co.uk www.facebook.com/screlicsguitaremporium
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