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Old 11-02-2010, 02:34 AM   #1
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Kelowood Telecaster.

So after finishing up the kelowood Telemaster I decided to finish up telecaster that my friend started, but decided to discard, because in his opinion the body required too much sanding etc. to be made into a good guitar body. So I decided to save telecaster body from the trash bin, and make it into a one heck of telecaster.

This time the process will be a bit longer because of the fact that I've got to buy some of the stuff that I'll be needing. I've already bought a neck with tuners, bolts etc. and I've also bought an old Seymour Duncan neck pickup. I don't have a single clue what duncan Telecaster pickup it should be, but I'll be pleased if it just works. For the bridge I bought a Tesla VR-TE bridge model, which has moderately high output for telecaster single coil.

I'll be starting this project sometime during the weekend, so hopefulyl I get something done and be able to post some pictures.

And specs so far:
Seymour Duncan single coil in the neck with worn out chrome cover
Tesla VR-TE in the bridge
25,5" scale
basic strat/tele bridge
String-through
Vol, Tone and 4-way tele switch
All the hardware will be even more worn out than the last time. ;P

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:48 AM   #2
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Sounds pretty sweet, tele builds are always welcome in my books
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:14 AM   #3
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Sounds cool, any ideas for a finish yet? Relic'd would look pretty cool due to the slightly worn hardware.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:31 PM   #4
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4 way switch?

Aren't tele's usually 3way?
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:52 PM   #5
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The telecaster will be finished the same way I finished my Telemaster. So basicly a slight grey stain and than just three to four layers of oil on top of that.

I can assure you that the hardware won't be just slightly relic'd. ;D I just got myself a new gas cartridge for my blow torch.

4-way switch for the fact that I want to be able get a humbucer sound out of the tele. But for a little sad fact I couldn't find a tele 4-way switch for a reasonable price so I've got to figure out a way to switch the phasing one of the single coils. So I can have those humbucker combined into one powerful humbucker if I want to.

Probably something similar like one of the seymour duncans wiring diagrams that has a basic 3-way switch plus a possibility to change the phasing of the bridge pickup, but I'm not sure which of the pickups phasing I should change to get the best sounding humbucker.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:56 PM   #6
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Sorry i'm a tele noob but i thought a tele's wiring was.

POS1: Neck single
POS2: Both in parrallel
POS3: Bridge single

Although i did see a cool 52' reissue tele which was wired like this

POS1: Neck (tone control bypassed)
POS2: Neck (normal)
POS3: Bridge (normal)

If you left it in between 2 and 3 it would be both in parrallel though. Pretty cool.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:40 PM   #7
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That's right, that is the basic tele wiring, but with a 4-way switch it would go..

POS1: Neck single
POS2: Both in parrallel
POS3: Both in series (humbucker)
POS4: Bridge single

So basicly now that I couldn't find a 4-way switch, I've got to come up with a bit different way to get that humbucker sound.
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:03 PM   #8
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Oh.. I didn't know that humbucker implied that it was in series.

Push-pull for series/parrallel?
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:16 PM   #10
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I found out a nice little diagram for what I'm about to do. ^^ Basic telecaster wiring, but I'll be just adding a mini switch that by-passes the basic 3-way switch, when the pickups are but into series.

And this will be as rugged as the last one that I'll promise. Just have to get the neck and the pickups during this week so I can really start working on the body on the weekend.

And there will be another telemaster build for one of my bandmates, or at least I'll be building him the body. Unfortunately it might not be made out kelowood, but atleast I'm hoping to get some decent kelowood for that body too.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:15 PM   #11
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That hardware is just awesome! So vinegar and salt water bath (after scrapage) then blow torch'd?
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:10 AM   #12
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Yeap, it's that simple.
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:22 AM   #13
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Looks awesome! Not necessarily real relic look, just pure badassness.
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Old 11-03-2010, 04:06 AM   #14
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That's true, but I decided to give up on the real authentic reliced look right after I got the first pickup cover done.

The changing of the colors on all of the chrome parts is kind of hypnotic, but still not disturbing, because you've got to be quite close to observe all of the different colors that can be seen in the chrome parts. But I'm just glad how old and trashed the parts look. Without looking total over kill.
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Old 11-03-2010, 04:47 AM   #15
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I just did a bit of torchage on the back of my iPod (of course I took it apart first!!) and the result, it's turned slightly gold, awww yeah....
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Old 11-03-2010, 04:51 AM   #16
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Yeah the color spectrum starts from the yellow if I remember correctly.

You just gotta keep heating the chrome more and more, to get different colors out of the chrome.

And of course, pics or it didn't happen.
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Old 11-03-2010, 04:52 AM   #17
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Yeah but the thin iPod metal got warpage even at yellow, so i didn't want to go much further.
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Old 11-03-2010, 04:57 AM   #18
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Okay.. But still it proves my point how easy it is to alter the chrome parts in your guitar with the method that I used on the Telemaster.
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:37 AM   #19
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Yeah, no I agree. Now you've got me scheming on a funky 'kelo' guitar myself....
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:35 AM   #20
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"Excellent." (with the voice of Mister Burns)
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