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Leftee
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Jun 6th, 2018 01:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, I’m doing it.

I’ve got all the parts here for the build except the body and neck. So I ordered the body and neck today.

The body is an Mystic Red American Standard from Stratosphere. The neck is a custom built from Warmoth. Boatneck, maple, 21 frets - SS 6150. Also a cream pickguard from Warmoth.

Neck should be here by the end of the month.

reverend mikey
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Jun 6th, 2018 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very cool... so now we just need to know which pickups, bridge, tuners, etc. ...

Leftee
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Jun 6th, 2018 02:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Strat pickup came from you. It's that Dimarzio that came with that Tele clone.

The Tele pickups are StewMac Golden Age.

Hardware is gold. 14:1 tuners from GFS. I have two bridges here. One "vintage" Wilkinson and one American Standard style. Guessing the latter will be the one, for obvious reasons.

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Jun 6th, 2018 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Alright Leftee. You've been busy lately, have fun!

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Tone is in the lingers
Jun 6th, 2018 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Copycat! :oD

Seriously, can't wait to see it.

Leftee
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Jun 7th, 2018 05:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

You inspired me. That and all these parts I have.

Leftee
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Jun 7th, 2018 05:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

It’s been distinctly Tele around here lately. (-:

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Tone is in the lingers
Jun 7th, 2018 05:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

How can you go wrong with a Tele?

Leftee
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Jun 7th, 2018 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

You can’t. And to think I used to hate ‘em. O-:

I have disassembled the backwards-caster. I had been playing it through the Marshall, recently, and I decided it just doesn’t deserve to live on. LOL

The body is pretty hacked at this point. Maybe I’ll make a clock out of it.

That neck now lives on my MIM double fat Strat - the black one. I’m going to sell the Fender neck and tuners to offset some expense on the new build.

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Jun 7th, 2018 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

"And to think I used to hate 'em."

That is usually the case with guitarists who did not start out with country AND western music.

I was (and still iz) a *huge* fan of Buck Owens and Don Rich as a kid, but I gravitated toward rock and roll, so the Telecaster was an "old man's" or "hillbilly" guitar. And even though guys like Page and Beck (Yardbirds) and Joe Strummer (The Clash) played Teles, I though the thing was hideous. Looked like a cutting board with guitar stuff screwed onto it.

However, just like with spinach and Brussels sprouts, I grew up and came to really appreciate the Telecaster for what it is: a bare-bones guitar that has everything you need and nothing you don't. You can take a Tele into any music situation and it will simply work.

Leftee
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Jun 7th, 2018 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

True. I was never a c&w fan at any point in my life. It just wasn’t in our home. I did grow up on big band music, though.

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Jun 7th, 2018 10:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, well said! When I first started hanging around here, I caught flack for calling Teles a 'chick guitar' because many of the female guitarists at the time seemed to play them (Hynde. Tedeschi, Crowe, Meredith Brooks, etc).

Then, I had an epiphany. A bandmate asked me to do a setup on his Tele. At the same time, I was helping with a local concert for a known Christian band. The guitarist told me he'd have to play acoustic all night because the rest of his gear didn't make the flight. So, I ran home and grabbed my amp (Rivera Chubster), pedalboard, and my bandmate's Tele (the guitarist wasn't a lefty). My rig never sounded so good and, after hearing moderate OD through the bridge pup of Tele, I knew I had to have one.

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Jun 7th, 2018 03:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

"My rig never sounded so good and, after hearing moderate OD through the bridge pup of Tele, I knew I had to have one."

Yep. You can really do just about anything with a Tele bridge pickup and a volume and tone control and your hands - you just have to know how to make it happen.

Leftee
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Jun 11th, 2018 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

The body came today. It's brand new - in a Fender "Replacement Parts" box. I even have to press string ferrules into it.

The Mystic Red is just what I was hoping for. It's a deep red metallic.

Very happy with Stratosphere.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 03:49 PM, Jun 11th, 2018)

Leftee
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Jun 13th, 2018 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Once again the Tele "bridge thing" has bitten.

The two bridges I have - a Gotoh American Standard-like and a "vintage" Wilkinson - are both not exact fits. It looks like I can use either. The Wilky can be used if I top-load and drill new mounting holes. And I am not opposed to top load at all. Years ago I converted a top-loader to a string-through. I could tell no audible difference.

The Gotoh would work with new mounting holes drilled in the body. The string holes align so this bridge would be string-through.

With either bridge the "sins" will be hidden under the bridge. Either one will look fine once installed.

I'll wait for the neck to comes in, before I do anything, so I can put it on the body and make measurements of scale length. I don't want to commit until I'm sure.

I did a cursory look for a gold lefty AmStd bridge. No dice.

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Jun 13th, 2018 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I did a cursory look for a gold lefty AmStd bridge. No dice."

You mean like this?

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Jun 13th, 2018 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe we can arrange a trade if mine is what you're looking for. I could easily convert this Tele to chrome/nickel hardware at this point - I wouldn't mind converting it to a more vintage ashtray bridge.

I've also got these...

Will get a couple better pics...

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 03:06 PM, Jun 13th, 2018)

Leftee
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Jun 13th, 2018 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Three mounting screws right behind the 6 string holes?

Going to email...

Leftee
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Jun 14th, 2018 06:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

After some emails it turns out I have the same bridge that Mike was offering. So I'll go with the one I have.

I installed the pickup in it and took the saddles off to see exactly how it lines up on the body. If scale length is good (TBD when neck gets here) I will have to take a *little* wood out of two spots in the pickup rout. I could probably do it with the Dremel.

Pickguard should be here soon.

I'm eyeing up a Strat build as Stratosphere is offering similar Strat bodies. I have pickups and a PG already. We'll see what the rest of the year brings.

Leftee
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Jun 15th, 2018 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the neck specs:

Style: Telecaster®
Construction: Modern Construction
Orientation: Left Handed
Neck Wood: Maple
Fingerboard Wood: Maple
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Back Shape: Boatneck
Fret Size: SS6150 (Stainless)
Tuner Ream: Gotoh/Grover (13/32" 11/32")
Radius: 10-16" Compound
Scale: 25-1/2"
Fret #: 21
Mounting Holes: Standard 4 Bolt
Pre-Cut Installed String Nut: GraphTech Black TUSQ XL - Standard Nut
Inlays: Bloody Basin Jasper Dots
Side Dots: Black Side Dots
Finish: No Finish

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