News from Birddog's Custom Shop!

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Birddog144, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    Apr 24, 2015
    South Oceanside, CA
    I just came back from picking up the neck for my next creation. I'll keep it secret for a while, but I really hope to put some Rose P-90s in it that have a lot of "jangle". I really liked the sound of the Epi Casino P-90s Ken rewound for me last Christmas. I put them in an Epi LP Special (See Photo) that was just sweet and had "THAT" tone...... :cool:

    This next project is several months down the road so don't get impatient. Ken is UBER-busy right now, and I want him calm and relaxed when it's time for pickups to put in it. ;)

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  2. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    Well......... I think I may have the final coat of Tru-Oil on the Thinline. :D Stay tuned for photos. :cool:
     
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  3. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    Update. Still need some gold screws to finish it up.

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  4. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    I've been doing repairs/maintenance/setups for a lot of folks lately. One of my customers saw Lacey (the pink Strat/Wenge neck) and fell in love when he played it; but..... he's always wanted a '69 Thinline. So he came by yesterday to drop off his band-mates Epi 339 (amazing guitar) for a tune-up. Then he saw this Tele hanging on the rack in nearly complete form. Suffice it to say, he's going to buy it if he can sell off some gear (an American Strat and an Egnater Tweaker head).

    I've already been planning my next project and if something sells, I'll pull the trigger on a special body I've had my eye on. I may use the Wudtone stain system IronChef is planning in another thread, or I may......er....ummm.......Never mind. For now, I will call my next creation: Secret Project X².... :rolleyes:

    Stay tuned....... :cool:
     
  5. Wizzer

    Wizzer Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    You use all American parts and wiring?
     
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  6. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    Yes, although I'm not certain of the origin of the tuners; they may be Asian (they were on the neck when I got it). I do all my own wiring, so that's definitely MIA.
     
  7. Wizzer

    Wizzer Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Awesome.

    I don't put 'Made in the USA' on any of mine because usually the control plate or knobs or something are foreign-made. If someone wants all USA stuff, I do it, but they get charged more. Most of the time, they just opt for the foreign stuff.

    I think they're just happy that someone in the States built it. Personally, I don't have an issue with the foreign stuff. I know there are people that do, however.
     
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  8. Kenneth Mountain

    Kenneth Mountain Squier-holic

    Jan 27, 2016
    North Tonawanda, NY
    Came out much darker than I thought - or is that the lighting ? Stunning as always ! Can't wait for the next one !
     
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  9. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    Yeah, it is kinda dark. :eek: I had hoped the cap would have had some grain patterns like the Strat in the example, but it is what it is...... ;)
     
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  10. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the body for Secret Project X². I'm watching IronChef's thread with the Wudtone finish, or I may do the Reranch paint system (Daphne Blue of course :rolleyes:), or maybe I'll do the torch finish on it, A lot depends on the grain; its a 2-piece body, but maybe not grain matched.
     
  11. Ken Rose

    Ken Rose Squier-holic

    Sep 23, 2010
    Northern California
    BD, I ordered your P90 parts from my new supplier... That for being so patient, man.
     
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  12. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    No problem my friend, any wait is well worth it for the best. :cool:
     
  13. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    Well, I just arrived in Lone Pine for another 5 days of flying and what do you think I found in my email inbox? That's right; notification that the body for Secret Project X² has showed up at my doorstep. This will be a fun project!

    The rest of the parts for the Thinline showed up before I left and I applied shielding paint to the cavities before hitting the road. I'll have it done within a day or two of arriving home.

    All is good!
     
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  14. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    Well, the Thinline is done. :D I'll post photos later. The body for Secret Project X² showed up while I was flying in Lone Pine. It now has a couple of coats of sanding sealer on it and getting ready for some major sanding.
     
  15. Birddog144

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    I finished sealing Secret Project X² and shot a coat of primer. Looks like I have a lot more sanding to do.... :rolleyes:
     
  16. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2013
    Beaumont, CA
    Waiting patiently for those pics of project x.
     
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  17. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    I'm thinking I'll post pics when Secret Project X² is finished, just to keep everybody in suspense. It will have P90s from Ken, so it may be a bit of a wait..... ;):rolleyes::cool:
     
  18. mdparent03

    mdparent03 Squier-holic

    May 6, 2013
    Beaumont, CA
    You must be taking que's from my threads ....lol Keeping us on the edge of our seats. Im STILL watching.
     
  19. squierbilly

    squierbilly Squier-holic

    Apr 21, 2013
    sunny phoenix
    Sometimes its fun to be blown away by a final unveiling..
    The suspense builds and the imagination is racing,,,
    All right its stalled,, on a mustang body with p90s.. Daphne blue,, sweet!..
     
  20. Birddog144

    Birddog144 Squier-holic

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    Whatever gives you THAT idea? Although THAT would be cool..... I LOVE Daphne Blue guitars.... :rolleyes:
     
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