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NGD I assembled a black guard Telecaster style :)

Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by candyapple1964, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. candyapple1964

    candyapple1964 Senior Stratmaster

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    I bought a mjt sea foam green telecaster body about 5 _years_ ago !!

    The plan was to buy bits and pieces and assemble it. Life gets in the way!

    I finally did it:

    - mjt light relic body (off ebay someone's unfinished project )

    - Warmoth quarter sawn compound radius maple neck. A bit of flame in it (off ebay someone's unfinished project )

    - callaham bridge with the compensated saddles. (5 months ago)

    - gotoh vintage style st91 tuners ( a week ago)

    - black fender pickguard (several years ago)


    And the last piece of the jigsaw:

    - Dave Leddin supplied controls with 4 position switch

    - Dave Leddin vintage style pups Broadcaster 50s


    What is astonishing is that I simply bolted it together, soldered the wiring in 2 minutes. And strung it up. It was instantly playable. The Callahan bridge was set so close to right that I have not reached for the allen key to adjust anything there

    All I had to do was adjust pickup height and a twist on the truss rod. Action seems really GOOD. I think I stepped in to the Twighlite Zone. Frreaky.

    Been wanting a good tele since a teenager. A friend had a butterscotch 50s squire reissue that was superb. I cannot with a straight face say what I bolted together is a great telecaster but I have just played it ALL DAY. And its just beautiful.

    I find its great for finger picking. ie Jerry Reed things like Honkin! Or Hellacious. Far easier to play those things on my telecaster than it is on my genuine 64 strat.

    Finally a shout out for Dave Leddin. He lives just a short distance from me in Australia, and manufactures a superb product.

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  2. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, I can see that. You posted so many pics after all and you know how much we love those ;)
     
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  3. candyapple1964

    candyapple1964 Senior Stratmaster

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    Refresh. I edited the post adding the pic :)

    Cheers

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  4. 79olympicwhite

    79olympicwhite Strat-Talker

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    Looks great
     
  5. HighwayStar106

    HighwayStar106 Strat-Talker

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    Can people please stop posting Teles, at least until I've done and 'NGD: Epiphone Dot' thread? ;)

    It's a great feeling when a partscaster project finally comes together. HNGD!
     
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  6. Achyskic

    Achyskic Senior Stratmaster

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    Congrats
     
  7. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    That looks great
    Very cool build
     
  8. candyapple1964

    candyapple1964 Senior Stratmaster

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    I saw you are doing a scratch build a bare timber body. I will be watching that :)

    Also you are using fender pickups? If you haven't purchased yet consider Dave Leddin's as they are the real deal.

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  9. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    It looks better than I thought it could.
    It is After Eight - very English.
    Mint green and black chocolate.
    Mint ice with black plates of dark chocolate.
    ****, I think it really is time to get me a Telecaster.
    Maybe just for the torture and simplicity - like my Gibson SG Junior. But tone to the bone.
    Less is more - wait, did I really wrote that?
    I am getting too old for that ****.

    Life is great \m/,
    Robin
     
  10. candyapple1964

    candyapple1964 Senior Stratmaster

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    Heh. Indeed whats interesting is there is more in the simplicity.
    Especially for mine the playability. I need to look it up but I have 10 to 46 strings on my tele and strat but telecaster feels easier. Lower string tension? I always thought that they were the same.

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