I’m going to build a Tele

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Now, there’s a reason I’ve jumped from doing the Jazzmaster to this and I’ll document that shortly.

First up, id like to know how much info do you want in this thread? Full fat? Semi skimmed? Skimmed? 

Im happy to detail the entire process or simply provide pictures with a sentence to accompany each one. In the next post I’ll put more info about why I’m doing a Tele and some of the research I’ve done to explore the ins and outs of the build.

Obviously I could bore you to tears with a diary style thread, maybe something like that would be good so that you can see what goes on at SC Relics HQ.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1342
    +1 for picture heavy full diary style thread!...
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13746
    Gold top.

    Unless extra thick double cream is an option. 

    No! Lard! 
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    Sporky said:
    Gold top.

    Unless extra thick double cream is an option. 

    No! Lard! 
    All shall be revealed my good man :)
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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7660
    poopot said:
    +1 for picture heavy full diary style thread!...
    +1
    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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  • RolandRoland Frets: 2020
    Full fat with pics. Don’t worry if you think no one’s reading. We do read, but we tend not to comment much.
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1177
    edited May 12
    Full Fat with photos gets my vote, there is always something to learn form someone elses experiences during a build.....looking forward to it!

    I'm hopeful for a bit of a relic tutorial.....
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  • eSullyeSully Frets: 907
    I love build threads. The more details the better. Look forward to it!!
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  • NeilMcGNeilMcG Frets: 57
    Full detail with tools and techniques - the works.
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    Thanks guys, as @Roland said I’m sure this will be read but don’t be scared to interact.

    Now, I will say this... while this is going to be full fat I will be omitting some details. It’s not that I don’t like you but I’m not disclosing details that will affect my business. Tbh, you may not even notice that anything is amiss.

    Soooooo... why am I’m building a tele? Well as it turns out I need one as a demo guitar in my workshop. But I’ve also wanted a Tele for years and I genuinely don’t remember the last one I owned. It *may* have been while I was at uni 13 years ago. It was a heavily polyurethane coated Japanese blue floral model with a neck like the thick end of a cricket bat. 

    There is another reason.. I was contacted by a chap I did a body for last year. Lovely fellow, nice to work with and easy to speak to. He said he had acquired a vintage tele but had harvested the neck to use on the body i did for him. This was only meant to be a stop gap but apparently the guitar is now his number one guitar so hey, result right? That left him with a 69 body (which has been refinished already) and this....

     
    https://i.imgur.com/P2r3HdX.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/UMDLA57.jpg

    An original 69 fender bigsby unit complete with all the fittings. Now I know there are some of you who will say “amazing!” and some who will say “nooooo don’t do it!” but hey, these look cool, it’s all original and I’ve always wanted a bigsby on a guitar. When things like this fall on your lap you grab them with both hands. The customer and I have struck a deal that works for both of us and I also get to refinish a 69 tele. We’re both smiling about this one!

    I think I’m going to break this up into a few posts because I’ve got a little bit of info to get through before anything happens and of course feel free to chime in. I’ll be thinking out loud quite a lot in this thread so you’ll be able to see how my poor little brain works. 
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    The eagle has landed...

    https://i.imgur.com/1K2bDp6.jpg

    Okay, turning my attention to the finish for a moment simply because this will dictate whether I use ash or alder.

    If I go with a solid colour I’m going alder, if I go blonde then it’ll be ash. I tapped @Gassage for some tele info as well as checking out a lot of info myself and guess what? It’s a mine field but I suppose that’s common of the guitar market back then.

    By the time the tele (that the bigsby was on) was made fender had changed a few details. The routing channel was gone, the finishes weren’t nitro and the hardware was chrome. In my head I was hoping to be faithful to the era of the bigsby by replicating a tele from 69. Tbh, by the time you throw in the 7.25 neck it’s starting to become a guitar that I wouldn’t be too fond of.

    But, back to the finish... here’s a few images that I’ve used for ideas 

    https://i.imgur.com/HUsTbBr.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/WgKjYAA.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/5bWmIyO.png

    https://i.imgur.com/WJj9Hj4.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/bZCFRjF.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/WRqTdSv.jpg


    My current thoughts are id use a burst on a bound body, and I’m veering towards blonde or sea foam green (allowing the clear coat to yellow over the years naturally). 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15718
    The SFG looks like the Daphne Blue I did which @Alnico now has - I think DB looks great on a tele, specially when aged an satin. I suspect that it would look mighty fine with a Bigsby on too...
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 2020
    A Bigsby would look good against something like Daphne or Sea Foam. It has the style of an  American Classic car, with wings and all that chrome.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1342
    Daphne blue on a tele every day of the week!!!!


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15718
    Yep. This is the one I did - I reckon that Bigsby would look pretty damn fine on it..


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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    Thanks guys, so... we’ve got the retro greens and blues shining through along with satin/matte burst or a blonde? I actually wasn’t keen on the blonde idea myself until I did a mock up using a body I’m doing for a chap in Germany 

    https://i.imgur.com/PTamdkB.jpg

    Tbh, this has really thrown me a bit. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15718
    lonestar said:
    Thanks guys, so... we’ve got the retro greens and blues shining through along with satin/matte burst or a blonde? I actually wasn’t keen on the blonde idea myself until I did a mock up using a body I’m doing for a chap in Germany 

    https://i.imgur.com/PTamdkB.jpg

    Tbh, this has really thrown me a bit. 
    Blonde? Two a penny. Go pastel.
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    lonestar said:
    Thanks guys, so... we’ve got the retro greens and blues shining through along with satin/matte burst or a blonde? I actually wasn’t keen on the blonde idea myself until I did a mock up using a body I’m doing for a chap in Germany 

    https://i.imgur.com/PTamdkB.jpg

    Tbh, this has really thrown me a bit. 
    Blonde? Two a penny. Go pastel.
    Here’s the thing... I have too many colours in front of me. And I can do a mix of anything I want. Although I’m still liking sea foam green lightly tinted to keep it in style with the age of the trem.

    Any love for shell pink? Fiesta red? Sonic blue? I’m not sure I want sunburst unless on a bound body but I haven’t ruled that out.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15718
    edited May 12
    Shell pink good, but not with a Bigsby.

    Fiesra red? Nope.

    Sonic Blue? Maybe. But if blue then daphne. 
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1586
    Inca silver
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15718
    munckee said:
    Inca silver
    Good call.
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    I’d rather not use Silver chaps. Too much silver with the bigsby too.

    Now what I do have to consider as well is the neck. I’m going to be going for a 9.5” straight neck or a 7.25 to 9.5” compound radius with a C neck although I’m lead to believe that late 60s teles had thinner C profiles... I could be a victim of reading nonsense on the internet of course ;)

    Im also a sucker for rosewood but maple is still on the table. I’m genuinely open to either this early on.
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  • gavin_axecastergavin_axecaster Frets: 216
    SFG, rosewood, Esquire.
    You know it makes sense.
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    SFG, rosewood, Esquire.
    You know it makes sense.
    My mouth is watering. And that’s interesting.. I’d love an Esquire but I went a year only using a bridge P90 and I’d quite like to experience a tele neck pickup into the Lonestar.

    Im not ruling it out though ;)
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  • springheadspringhead Frets: 107
    Lovely project.  I vote blonde and will be following with interest!  Hoping to do a (non-bigsby) blonde build myself at some point.
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    Lovely project.  I vote blonde and will be following with interest!  Hoping to do a (non-bigsby) blonde build myself at some point.
    The blonde is still a contender but I may side with you on that and leave it for a non bigsby build. 
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1177
    edited May 13
    @lonestar ;;
    Now, I will say this... while this is going to be full fat I will be omitting some details. It’s not that I don’t like you but I’m not disclosing details that will affect my business. Tbh, you may not even notice that anything is amiss.



    Will you be sharing any relicing techniques?  Thats what I hope to see, otherwise its just another Tele partscater build, nothing wrong with that, but it would be nice to see how its done....
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    paulnb57 said:
    @lonestar ;;
    Now, I will say this... while this is going to be full fat I will be omitting some details. It’s not that I don’t like you but I’m not disclosing details that will affect my business. Tbh, you may not even notice that anything is amiss.



    Will you be sharing any relicing techniques?  Thats what I hope to see, otherwise its just another Tele partscater build, nothing wrong with that, but it would be nice to see how its done....
    Tbh, not many of them. I have my own ways as does everyone who does this stuff. There are plenty of videos on YouTube and write ups about it on google. The difference between me and the next guy doing a build thread here is this pays my mortgage. Interesting to note that you wouldn’t get an answer out of fender either ;)
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9081
    lonestar said:
    paulnb57 said:
    @lonestar ;;
    Now, I will say this... while this is going to be full fat I will be omitting some details. It’s not that I don’t like you but I’m not disclosing details that will affect my business. Tbh, you may not even notice that anything is amiss.



    Will you be sharing any relicing techniques?  Thats what I hope to see, otherwise its just another Tele partscater build, nothing wrong with that, but it would be nice to see how its done....
    Tbh, not many of them. I have my own ways as does everyone who does this stuff. There are plenty of videos on YouTube and write ups about it on google. The difference between me and the next guy doing a build thread here is this pays my mortgage. Interesting to note that you wouldn’t get an answer out of fender either ;)

    I guess that makes me one of the next guys ;)



    There is a fine balance to this kind of thing - somebody like Gil Yaron would be a lot less well known if it wasn't for 100+ page threads detailing every last aspect of his builds.    


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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9081
    look at it another way - you are able to pay your mortgage doing something you love because other people shared a lot of knowledge online.


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15718
    WezV said:
    look at it another way - you are able to pay your mortgage doing something you love because other people shared a lot of knowledge online.


    Harsh, but fair.. ;)
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