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Old 10-10-2010, 04:52 PM   #1
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Kelowood Telemaster project.

Hi,

I just recently found out from my friend that the had found a 200cmx50xmx5cm piece of really old and nicely dried up wood, which has started to get some of the dry standing effect on it. So the wood has gone gray from the outside and look just amazing.

So our autumn break is coming soon, and we decided to spend the whole week building ourselves a few guitar bodies from the wood. My friend already has an idea what he wants, but I'm struggling with few different body shapes at the moment.

First idea was a telecaster, than came the idea of a telemaster and finally just simply making a les paul.

So I'm just trying to make up my mind between those three what to do. I've got the basic concept thought for the electronics etc.

It'll be something like this:
Humbuckers, with worn out chrome covers and modded for splitting
Both humbuckers fitted straight into the body, no pickuprings
basic telebridge with a strinh-trough
Master vol, tone, 3-way and a spin-a-split
Scale 25,5"
Old strat copy neck with 21 frets, the neck will be sanded and aged somehow
And all the hardware will be chrome, but aged and worn out

I'm open for more ideas and suggestions about the body shape etc.

PS. kelo = deadwood

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Old 10-10-2010, 05:33 PM   #2
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I'd say go for the tele or telemaster. LP just doesn't seem good for the whole aged look.
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Old 10-10-2010, 05:45 PM   #3
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Yeah, I was thinking pretty much the same. Just dumb the idea of an LP, because basicly I'll be trying to make the wood look the same as in this picture from the Amfisounds Routa Kelo guitar.

http://www.amfisound.fi/amfisound_g...8/routakelo.jpg

About the chrome parts I'm mainly thinking about sanding the parts randomly and the maybe lighting the in flames, just to see if that does anything special for the chrome.

So has anyone done any sort of experiments with burning guitar chrome parts, or what would be the best way to wore the parts out looking really old and maybe damaged.

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Old 10-10-2010, 06:32 PM   #4
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Well I know you can blue steel with a blow torch, but I don't know if you can do it with chrome.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:22 AM   #6
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The Bareknuckles Aged Nickel is just the look for the pickup covers I'm trying to achieve. I would love to buy a set Bareknuckles, but on the other hand I want to learn how to mod pickups, and I've got a few spare pickups sets that can be sacrificed in the name of dumb-ass-mods and science.

So I just want to go with the set that I've got at the moment, and I'll be adding pictures as soon as possbile about the project.

Still I'm not certain about the body shape, the telemaster might have more possibilities for making countours and making a bit more rougher shapings, but a tele with tummy cuts and such, would also be neat.

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Old 10-11-2010, 02:44 AM   #7
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I vote you replicate the shape of a vintage teisco!! Perhaps like my '67 Decca Deluxe, which I could give you measurements and a perfect head on pic of (for outline).
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:32 AM   #8
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That Tiesco seriously has a strong vintage vibe. and it could seriously work.
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:16 PM   #9
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Still not sure about the body shape. But I've already modded the pickups from 2-conductor pickups into 4-conductor, and the modding process went quite smootly, thanks to Invader Jims tutorial.

I also removed the pickup covers for the mod and scraped, and just seriously damaged the chrome in the cover and right now it's soaking in vinegar and salt with all of the other hardware parts.

Seriously at this point, if somebody notices that I'm ruining my hardware with my attempts to relic the looking into real gnarly and old, just say so. I wanna go as far as possible with the relicing process, looking to get all of the hardware looking like the bareknukle pickups aged nickle.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:33 PM   #10
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I always wondered what a driftwood guitar would look and or sound like.
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:05 PM   #11
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Okay, I've managed to pickup the hardware out of the vinegar and salt mixture, and managed to assemble the pickups back together.

Also first pics about the project start:


The neck pickup cover, sorry about the bad resolution. :/


The bridge pickup assembled, maybe needing some more relicing and beating up. The marks on the pickup aren't so visible as this picture shows, the cameras flash just tends to pop every little mark up.


Parts over the telemaster template. Pic.1


Parts over the telemaster template. Pic.2


The bridge.

The rest of the pictures can be found from here. Some more pics about the pickups.
http://www.students.oamk.fi/~t7kete...kelotelemaster/

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Old 10-12-2010, 06:16 PM   #12
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Edit: But it is looking nice so far.
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:22 PM   #13
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Sorry about that. I can scale them down a bit more.

Edit: I hope the size is a bit better now.

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Very nice ha. I can tell alot more now. I like the scratchy effects and I like the shape you chose. Always happy to see the more under-appreciated fender shapes getting some much-needed love.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:25 AM   #15
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Thanks.

There will be more pictures coming at the end of the week, when me and my friend start making the body blanks, and hopefully also start shaping them also.
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Old 10-13-2010, 02:42 AM   #16
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This is going to be an epic build!
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:51 PM   #17
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Okay, my friend finally showed up with the body woods, and a blow torch. After few beers the pickups covers started look a little too clean and new, and heres something that we ended up with.


Reliced and burned pickup cover pr0n <3




The bridge plate after relicing and some more burning. ^^


And finally the first pictures of the body wood that we're going to use.
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:53 PM   #18
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What're you going to do about the cracks?
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:44 PM   #19
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Nothing.. their gonna be a part of the guitar. The cracks aren't all the way trough the wood. So it's all good.

PS. Way too drunk to answer anything intelligent.
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But, what if the joint at the neck isn't very secure due to said cracks?
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