NGD: Black double bound Custom Telecaster with P90s, custom build

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rze99rze99 Frets: 146

I found this used Black double bound body on-line which inspired this project. I love P90 guitars but have never had a P90 Tele, so this is new for me and it's been on my wish list a loooong time.

The bridge pickup was already routed for humbucker and I got my carpenter neighbour, James, to route out for humbucker neck, which he did for just £25 – top man, James! It’s lightly aged, not relic'd, I suppose trying to look like an older guitar that has been modded from the original. I'm delighted with the way it's turned out and I think it looks pretty mean.

Well, I do think Pete Townshend would have liked this in the '80s! It sounds a little like my SG with P90 (a very good thing) it is a little brighter, toppier, snappier. when I roll back the volume it sounds much more Tele like on the bridge at least and can jangle with the best of them. Balances perfectly and comes in about 7 pounds. Very even playing all the way up the neck with plentiful string harmonics to be squeezed out. What's noticeable is that the string tension is very low, more like a Les Paul. That, plus the P90s, means it just cries out for a bit of tube amp gain and go all widdley widdley ;).

Parts:
Body: Used Allparts Alder Black double bound Custom Tele body
Neck: Allparts 10" radius C neck, rosewood fingerboard, thin vintage nitro finish by @rexter ;Jon Rexter Crawford of Rexter guitars https://rexterguitars.co.uk/ UK). Always great work, Jon! Ebonising, edge rolling and ageing by me.
Nickel Gotoh tuners. Unbleached bone nut from acousticelectricuk (eBay), finished by me.
Used Seymour Duncan Phat Kat pickups with nickel covers
Light Vintage Mint '52 Pickguard 5 hole humbucker Micawber style 3 ply from earlpilanz (eBay), modded by me
Used aged Fender Telecaster G.E.Smith-style half bridge with compensated brass saddles
Used aged nickel knobs, 3-way Fender USA Switch, CTS USA Custom Audio Taper 500K Pots, Sprague "Orange Drop" Tone Capacitor, 0.001uF Treble Bleed cap. Bloodstone Works (UK)
Other hardware by Axecaster UK (www.axecaster.co.uk )

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  • blueskunkblueskunk Frets: 2459
    That’s lovely.  
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  • chrisj1602chrisj1602 Frets: 1056
    Looks great and nice spec.
    Chris.
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  • BillKatBillKat Frets: 1381
    Looks great! Nice one.


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  • kswilson89kswilson89 Frets: 110
    Looks excellent! How did you get the rosewood so dark? How did you get on with the lake placid blue body you bought from me?
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 146
    Looks excellent! How did you get the rosewood so dark? How did you get on with the lake placid blue body you bought from me?
    Hi. I use fine steel wool to prep it nice and smooth then use Dylon black leather dye and leaave it for 24 hours. Then rub in a little walnut oil. I use brown leather dye on the dot markers to darken them make them look a little more like clay. This board was pretty dark already, but with the black body I wanted an ebony type look.

    The LPB body just awaits it's neck which I'm preparing. Lovely body - that's going to look great :).

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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5710
    Lovely job. I do like a bound edge Tele. 
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  • That's flawless and really classy with the binding. 
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  • BluesyDaveBluesyDave Frets: 327
    Like it....Tuxedo!
    No Darling....I've had that ages.
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  • Very nice :) 
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  • RickydRickyd Frets: 126
    Superb, love the binding.
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 6490
    edited February 10
    I love a Tux Tele - here's mine


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  • rexterrexter Frets: 253
    Gorgeous build Richard and thank you for the mention!
    I'm getting really into telecasters myself at the moment... been bitten by the bug. You're probably part of the cause with all the nice ones I did for you last year!  =)
    Jazzmaster nerd, vintage snob and owner of Rexter Guitars - high end guitar finishing & custom bodies & necks
    www.rexterguitars.co.uk
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 146
    rexter said:
    Gorgeous build Richard and thank you for the mention!
    I'm getting really into telecasters myself at the moment... been bitten by the bug. You're probably part of the cause with all the nice ones I did for you last year!  =)

    Cheers Jon. Yes the neck on this was one you did for me in August last year, I think. Nice one!  I think my next Tele will be a sparkle double bound.. but I think maybe a summer project. 
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3649
    <scherwing !>
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

    Feedback
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 3412
    That looks beautifully done 
    "Congratulations on being officially the most right anyone has ever been about anything, ever." -- Noisepolluter knows the score
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 253
    rze99 said:
    rexter said:
    Gorgeous build Richard and thank you for the mention!
    I'm getting really into telecasters myself at the moment... been bitten by the bug. You're probably part of the cause with all the nice ones I did for you last year!  =)

    Cheers Jon. Yes the neck on this was one you did for me in August last year, I think. Nice one!  I think my next Tele will be a sparkle double bound.. but I think maybe a summer project. 
    That summer project sounds fantastic... you know where I am!  :)
    Jazzmaster nerd, vintage snob and owner of Rexter Guitars - high end guitar finishing & custom bodies & necks
    www.rexterguitars.co.uk
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  • bwetsbwets Frets: 89
    If you don't mind me asking, how much did you spend on it?
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 146
    rexter said:
    rze99 said:
    rexter said:
    Gorgeous build Richard and thank you for the mention!
    I'm getting really into telecasters myself at the moment... been bitten by the bug. You're probably part of the cause with all the nice ones I did for you last year!  =)

    Cheers Jon. Yes the neck on this was one you did for me in August last year, I think. Nice one!  I think my next Tele will be a sparkle double bound.. but I think maybe a summer project. 
    That summer project sounds fantastic... you know where I am!  :)
    Cheers I do indeed! thanks Jon best wishes.
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 146
    bwets said:
    If you don't mind me asking, how much did you spend on it?
    About £660 all told.  Not cheap, but then far less than a new bog standard MIM these days. And this is unique to my exact specifications so I'm being my own cheap Custom Shop.  

    I spend a while on-line sourcing pre-owned parts wherever possible to minimise the costs while keeping the standard as high as possible. I also had some bits in my parts drawer.  I just use the dining room table as my workshop when I've got free evenings. 

    Not using pre-owned parts sends the price of way up for nice quality stuff. Sites like this dear one keep the costs down. @rexter did me a bit of a deal on the neck because I'd ordered bodies from him.


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  • bwetsbwets Frets: 89
    rze99 said:
    bwets said:
    If you don't mind me asking, how much did you spend on it?
    About £660 all told.  Not cheap, but then far less than a new bog standard MIM these days. And this is unique to my exact specifications so I'm being my own cheap Custom Shop.  

    I spend a while on-line sourcing pre-owned parts wherever possible to minimise the costs while keeping the standard as high as possible. I also had some bits in my parts drawer.  I just use the dining room table as my workshop when I've got free evenings. 

    Not using pre-owned parts sends the price of way up for nice quality stuff. Sites like this dear one keep the costs down. @rexter did me a bit of a deal on the neck because I'd ordered bodies from him.


    Thank you. That's less than I thought.

    It's one of those things that's tempting to do but I had no idea how much it would all cost.

    Anyway, enjoy!
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 10887
    Lovely stuff. Always a fan of black & double-bound
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 146
    bwets said:
    rze99 said:
    bwets said:
    If you don't mind me asking, how much did you spend on it?
    About £660 all told.  Not cheap, but then far less than a new bog standard MIM these days. And this is unique to my exact specifications so I'm being my own cheap Custom Shop.  

    I spend a while on-line sourcing pre-owned parts wherever possible to minimise the costs while keeping the standard as high as possible. I also had some bits in my parts drawer.  I just use the dining room table as my workshop when I've got free evenings. 

    Not using pre-owned parts sends the price of way up for nice quality stuff. Sites like this dear one keep the costs down. @rexter did me a bit of a deal on the neck because I'd ordered bodies from him.


    Thank you. That's less than I thought.

    It's one of those things that's tempting to do but I had no idea how much it would all cost.

    Anyway, enjoy!
    It's a fair investment of time and care... also you need to have some decent tools including soldering iron but files etc., so there's all that if you're starting out building it helps if you've been doing your own setups.  I still get techs to do my frets.  This one didn't need Fret work.
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