Silvertone/Talman Mashup (finished)

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Silvertone/Talman Mashup (finished)

Post by threewordname » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:27 am

Working on another talman/spare parts build. This one is going to be Silvertone/danelectro style, since I have a ton of left over 3/4 ply from replacing the subfloor in my entry way. I haven't decided on most of the details yet. I'm pretty much just winging it.

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by threewordname » Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:05 am

I've fallen behind on posting photos, but this scrap wood is starting to look like something other than scrap wood. Not a guitar yet, but something guitar adjacent?

Still making decisions about color, bridge, and pickups. the only decision I've made is that its gonna be weird. I am leaning towards a flake or metallic finish, but i don't want to buy a spray gun. I am open to any suggestions. Does anyone make a rattle can neon green metallic?

I have a free neck, that had a chunk taken out of the head stock. I'll be figuring out how to patch that soon. Likely a painted headstock situation. I've sanded off the acrylic finish, and will probably do wipe on poly or an oil finish.

I'm leaning towards a single pickup, with no volume or tone. I want something weird. No strat pickups or humbuckers, but i don't want to spend a shit ton of money on this guy. My over all goal is to have something that looks like it could have been a one off Japanese guitar from the mid 60's.


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You can see that I used a ton of filler here.

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The next few weeks are going to be full of sanding.

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by MechaBulletBill » Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:03 am

Yeah, Ric swoosh hole instead of an f-hole! I really want a semi jag with one of those

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by ThePearDream » Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:36 am

I fully endorse what you're doing here. Lipsticks or gold foils would be a natural choice for this project.

I used Krylon Glitter Blast for my plywood semi-hollow Talman. They don't have a neon green per se, but they do have a citrus green that could be nice
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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by Rgand » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:09 am

This is a cool project. I'd also suggest you look at the GFS pickups. You can get a Surf-90 for about $35.

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:26 am

Rgand wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:09 am
This is a cool project. I'd also suggest you look at the GFS pickups. You can get a Surf-90 for about $35.
These are great pickups! And they also have Lipstick-Pickups...

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by threewordname » Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:50 am

taking a minute away from the body until i can get a template and template bit to do the neck pocket.

I started working on this neck that i got for free from the elementary school my brother works at. It seems one of the future world leaders broke a chunk off the headstock, and somewhere along the line one of the tuner bushings got lost, and the nut got broken into 5 pieces. Here is the before picture that i took while trying to decide on a repair shape

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after this photo, i decided to sand off all of the acrylic finish, and start from raw. i thought about doing a tele shape, or mimicking a teisco shape, but in the end i decided to take the upright citizen's brigade approach and don't think.

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so in the mindset of fucking winging it, i hacked a chunk off the broken part, and glued on a huge hunk of maple that i found at home depot. I literally can not stress enough how little i was thinking here.

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check it out, the grain patterns and coloring aren't even close. I'm starting to think that this neck isn't even maple...

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I just put my pen on the wood and somehow a cool shape came out. Nailed it.

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is anyone else seeing how much I'm crushing it right now?

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gratuitous mock up shot, with chunks of scrap wood representing guitar parts.

The neck has about 5 coats of danish oil on it now, and the patch is starting to blend a little more. Now i need to start picking out hardware and spending money on this thing.

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by Rgand » Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:26 pm

That thing definitely needed some help. That is a cool headstock shape.

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by threewordname » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:44 am

I have three options for the bridge ranging from $10 to $30

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Thoughts? Opinions?

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by DrQuasar » Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:00 pm

I liked where it's headed with the not-thinking-about-it too much. You should just keep going with that on all the decisions for this build, including which bridge. My knee-jerk pick is #3.

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by threewordname » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:11 am

You're right, i knew what i wanted, but I realized i was just being cheap.

Here's a neck template that i made out of an old sheet of acrylic.
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I did a first pass at 1/2 an inch, so i can measure the final depth later. Here it is next to my first talman build from a few years ago. Back then i didn't have a fancy full scale PDF to work from, so i had to just wing it even more.

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with the process on hold until my bridge showed up, i decided to put down a layer of primer, and then sand halfway to forever, which means I'm only half done sanding.

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Now it was about that time that i realized i was planning things again. to throw a wrench into everything I found a record that I got for free from the library at the school i work at. The sleeve was for a blues compilation, but the record inside was gospel, folk, and cajun. Fuck that. You are getting turned into a pickguard.

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hey, my bridge showed up. Its starting to look like a guitar.
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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by MechaBulletBill » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:41 am

...and it just gets classier the more it comes together!

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by nikkij » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:41 pm

beauty!

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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:04 am

I love this! White with the black and red vinyl pickguard just screams 1960's/rock and roll. Definitely watching this one.
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Re: Silvertone/Talman Mashup

Post by DrQuasar » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:10 am

Yeah man, this is looking nice.

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