Walnut Telecaster

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Walnut Telecaster

Post by HNB » Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:53 pm

I found this walnut body cheap on ebay and thought it would be fun. It was like $60. It is probably seven or eight pieces of wood pancaked and such, but looks pretty enough to me and I had some spare parts not being used.

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I used some putty on the back to help fill in those seams.

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Then I got to work sanding it. With 300 grit it started to almost sand it to a polish. Never seen that with wood before. It was really cool. I guess that is because walnut is such a hard wood.

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I tried out a new painting method where I mix one scoop oil poly with one scoop mineral oil to thin it and wipe it on. It is like water thin so the wood sucks it up. Also because it is so thin, there is no wipe marks to sand out.

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It also dries in like 10-30minutes to do another coat. I think I ended up doing five coats or so? Since walnut is so hard it was mostly just to darken it and make it more glossy. Then I loaded parts on. Seymour duncan pickups and old school cloth wiring and such.

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Going to use a different guard than this, but it will have a Costello vibe.

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The neck is a WD one that I made a custom decal for and installed Gotoh tuners. :)

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Re: Walnut Telecaster

Post by HNB » Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:41 pm

All done. Only thing that sort of bugs me is the neck pickup is wood mounted and the guard is for guard mounted, but it is pretty minor really. ;) Pickups sound good. It is heavy, but since it is a tele size body, it isn't too bad. The neck is a soft "V" on the back. I need a string tree, but otherwise all done. :D

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Re: Walnut Telecaster

Post by mediocreplayer » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:54 pm

Very nice! I call dibs on this when you sell it. It will make a good beater companion when I want to keep my Walnut Jag safe.

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Re: Walnut Telecaster

Post by Veitchy » Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:13 pm

Man that looks great - a tad more refined look for a Telecaster. So much walnut content lately. Hope the trend keeps up.

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Re: Walnut Telecaster

Post by paul56 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:57 am

Nice Tele, but why can't you mount the neck pickup to the guard? Couple of screws and springs and you're golden.

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Re: Walnut Telecaster

Post by HNB » Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:59 pm

The holes in the pickup were smaller than traditional screw mounting holes and I don't have the right drill size to drill them out. :)
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