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TC Custom

 

Here we have a nice late '60s TC custom, it's has a two piece ash body lovely flamed maple neck and a veneer (curved) joined rosewood fretboard. Both the neck and body are hand made in my workshop. I saw a '67 Fender Telecaster Custom (TM) in surf green up for auction on ebay and just thought it looked stunning, I love how the cream binding and rosewood board set-off the surf green and I think you can guess from the rest of my web page that this is my favourite colour! .....Anyhow some more description between the pictures

Here's a nice close-up to begin with.... Of course it's a relic and in this picture you can see the crack lines in the paint which is nitro cellulose from the wood up, also paint chips and aged metal.

Much the same just a more complete view of the body all the parts used are genuine Fender (TM) where possible.

A picture of the complete body, showing off the yellow stained pickguard.... You can see from the 'elbow' wear that surf green is actualy a bit more blue but the lacquer I have applied over the top yellows slightly so where it's worn away you get back to the original shade although over the remainder of the body it has that nice smoky bar look.

Some construction shots......Here you can see the ash body getting the rebate cut for the binding... I have to confess that I'd never done a bound body before so was looking forward to having a go there were no real problems...

Here's one of the whole thing... I'd say the look is well played but loved...

Back to building...... I had a bit of a run on surf green!.... And just to show that the relicing doesn't stop with only what you can see.... Notice the different shade under the pickguard etc.

.....And this is how I get that effect spraying the 'smokey' lacquer....

Another close up of the relicing.... Just to note there are a few finishing touches to go yet like distressing the knobs a little...

Here's the lovely flamed maple neck.... This is a copy of the post slabboard neck with a veneer rosewood board curved over the top of the maple... I have to make a confession here I don't use rosewood, the 'brazilian' rosewood you can get nowadays is NOTHING like the stuff that was used in the '50s-'60s I use ebony I think it looks far more like the old rosewood in my opinion.

Not a very good photo... but here's the thingy coming together.....

Details of the back....

And the fingerboard......

Here we go again.... The finished article again....I built this guitar for my self, like I say after seeing one on ebay with binding and in surf green I thought it looked so good, but how many guitars does one person need!! So it has to go, I also wanted to experiment with different ageing techniques and have a practice with binding, so there has been a lot of time spent on this guitar As it was a kind of background project and I wanted to experiment with 'stuff' I didn't use a top quality ash for the body so it's not as light as it could be....but for some reason I used a great piece of maple for the neck, the up-shot being as the guitar isn't custom made I am reducing the price to reflect this.....Here's the specification.

Two piece ash body

Flamed maple neck medium C profile

Ebony veneer fingerboard 9.5 radius fretboard. Frets are slightly wider than vintage

CTS pots, clothwire genuine Fender (TM) hardwear where possible

Pickups are Tone Rider.... Here's the deal on these, Yep I know they're not expensive but they do sound great butI will happily replace them with whatever you want. If this is the case I will reduce the price of the guitar by £50 you buy the pickups you. want and I will fit them free of charge.

Nitro cellulose finish from the wood up.... white primer, Surf green, clear lacquer.