Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

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Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by nickjames » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:58 pm

I accidentally won a bid for this MJT body for just over $270 shipping included. I really didn't think I would win. Oh well, it arrived today. I decided to jump right in.
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-minutes after arrival-
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Somebody down in Carthage really gave it the business.

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by nickjames » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:03 pm

These marks lined up perfectly with my ash tray.
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After an hour of fumbling for bits I found the perfect pilot.
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So far, so good.

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by nickjames » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:06 pm

The next easiest step was ferrules...
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And with a little will power:
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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by nickjames » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:13 pm

I only bid on the body because I knew I had this donor lying around from a decade ago when I was in highschool.
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I was alot more dumber than.
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There was a lot of polyurethane dust throughout.
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Stripped down to the follies of my youth.

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:25 pm

Whoa! That Tele from when you were younger is rough looking :jacked: To be fair, I wouldn't have known how to do the contours properly at that age either. Haha. Neat project though! I love Navy Blue on guitars!
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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by nickjames » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:28 pm

The new bridge was really shiny. The old bridge was really dusty.
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One of the bridge's coil wires severed. Here it is straightened.
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I resoldered it and smooshed hot glue all over.
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Installation of the pickup required enlarging the plate holes.
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I punished the plate with a scouring pad. Aren't I the worst?
This MJT body didn't have a bridge ground wire hole.
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Rather than drill a new hole, I opted to scrape away some chrome and solder directly to the plate.
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Of course, I still drilled a hole; the ground wire runs through the plastic back of the bridge pickup. It looks messy. The ashtray will hide my sins.

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by nickjames » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:33 pm

The workbench at this point:
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This shielding tape is from my highschool days.
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The adhesive wasn't as nice as I remember it being, so I dabbed some headliner adhesive here and there.
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et voilà

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by nickjames » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:44 pm

Today was a big busy day #1. Here are the final results:
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The output Jack arrived while I was soldering, so I got that in too.
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I still need to find a solution for my lack-of-a-pickguard. Warmoth's won't fit properly on an MJT, and MJT guards are at least $40 a pop. I might buy a cheapo jazzy guard blank to dremel down, but that could take a while. I thought about just throwing a ring around the neck pickup. What should I do? I'm at a stand-still until my neck shows up or I find a pickguard. I'm open to suggestions.

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by HNB » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:04 pm

Pickup ring might be easiest.
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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by dmb » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:43 pm

Yeah, looks so hot without a pickguard. I'm not usually a massive fan of such extreme relicing, but that looks awesome. Such a nice color.

Can the neck pick up be body mounted? Do that and call it a day!

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by Zork » Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:45 am

In most cases a pickguard from a vinyl record looks a bit too much wanna-be to me but on this guitar it could be pretty awesome.
Or get a clear plastic sheet from home depot, cut your guard and paint the backside golden.

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by tribi9 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:22 pm

Rexter does some really good refins if you're looking to get the body fixed.
Beware of for sale ads advertising Fender Squires, usually they're neither... and remember.. Say NO to relics!

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by nickjames » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:49 pm

tribi9 wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:22 pm
Rexter does some really good refins if you're looking to get the body fixed.
You know, I've never been a relic fan, but I love the thought of beating the snot out of this guitar without a care. I tend to thrash around when I play, and more than once I've nailed my headstock on a microphone. The nicer the guitar, the more it hurts.
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In most cases a pickguard from a vinyl record looks a bit too much wanna-be to me but on this guitar it could be pretty awesome.
Or get a clear plastic sheet from home depot, cut your guard and paint the backside golden.
I just looked at a few vinyl record pickguards. I could probably find something at a thrift store. I like that golden plastic sheet idea. I bet that looks sharp.
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Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:43 pm
Yeah, looks so hot without a pickguard. I'm not usually a massive fan of such extreme relicing, but that looks awesome. Such a nice color.

Can the neck pick up be body mounted? Do that and call it a day!
It will be body mounted unless I use a mounting ring. Unexpectedly, I really dig the copper next to the navy. It's easy enough to just mount the pickup and call it big. I wonder what a plastic sheet coated in patchwork copper scraps would look like as a pickguard.
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Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:04 pm
Pickup ring might be easiest.
All things considered in my sway, I'm starting to lean into this solution.

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by mbene085 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:01 pm

Man, MJT does the blue-green spectrum so well. Love the colour on this. It's more heavily relic'd than I'd choose, but it looks amazing!

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Re: Navy Blue Offset Telecaster

Post by kimson » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:27 am

Holy wow!

I've never liked Telemasters and now I know why: they look sorta unbalanced with the huge empty space behind the bridge, but without the pickguard it's just perfect!

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