Thursday, 9 October 2008

Telecaster finishing

Here's a few photos of the finished Tele:







I wanted a solid blue nitro-cellulose finish, but I could only find clear lacquer. Then I tried staining the wood with blue dye...Major mistake. All I got was a nasty purple with a few blue blotches.

Panic...

Then I tried coloring the clear Nitro Lacquer with the remaining wood-dye powder. It looked ok, but had a lot of un-dissolved powder-residue in it. I filtered i Twice through a Bob-the-Builders sock:


The filtered lacquer was applied to the Body with a regular Paint-Brush. After Three coats it looked like this (The Camera-flash makes the blue visible, in regular light it's almost black):



The I applied 7 coats of clear Nitro-Lacquer. In the next picture, the stripes from the Paint-Brush are very noticeable:



Sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding

The Scratchplate and Controlplate was sprayed with a regular spraycan. I did a horrible job, but won't bother to redo it right now. The Neck got three coats of nitro and a quick sanding. The pre-wired Tele now looked like this:



Offcourse I destroyed one of the Jaguar Pickups and decided to make a Geo-Mag version :
The Bobbins are cut from a Fiber-material. (In this case an old Cassette for Magazines):


Six Geo Mag poles are stripped (as in a previous post) and fitted in the Bobbins. The Magnets are stacked beside it:


Winding in progress:


Measuring the resistance:


The Guitar was finally wired with switchcraft hardware and a Fender No-Load Tone-Pot.

I am pretty happy with the final result. The intonation is perfect, action is low and it has great acoustic qualities. Its fitted with Grover Tuners and a homemade Camel-Bone nut

3 comments:

Dennis said...

It looks wicked....

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