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Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by beerbelly, Apr 1, 2019.
Mocked up with pickguard:
very pretty! i bet it'll be a nice player
Surfin Shark! Looks great!
Very cool concept and execution! Congrats!
Thats cool,, it even looks like a shark head..
put the switch in the bridge position and reshoot the pic - it's his eye !
That's pretty SHARP......
Rear covers done. Now just waiting for lacquer to cure for a couple weeks before sanding, polishing and final assembly.
Paint the headstock to look like a curled hand or a foot.. the rest of the neck will look like a limb..
I concur, very sweet and nice choice for color.
The lacquer has dried for 2 weeks, so I wet sanded the body to 2000 today. It's my least favorite part of any build; tedious and no shiny reward. Best trick I ever learned about wet sanding- buy some of those little birthday candles and drip wax into any holes you've drilled; it prevents water from swelling the wood and cracking the finish (I like to pre-drill most holes so I can test fit the parts before finishing begins). I used to use naptha or mineral spirits, but it stunk up the house.
The next couple days will be polishing & assembly, then set up and try it out.
Man, did you knock it outta the park on this one, man... The pickguard really added to it... I almost said that the pickguard "made" it, but it's a guitar that TASTEFULLY reminiscent of a freakin shark! Lol... I guess that's what "made" it, lol...
Hope she plays as fine as she looks, brother... Stoked for you...
Got it assembled today. At first I got no sound (!), so I double-checked the GFS plug-in pickup connections; sure enough, I didn't have them pushed in far enough. Those little plugs look fragile, but they can take some force. And I may need to get some short intonation springs for the G and low E saddles to set that up better.
Went together easily, and I love those Surf 90s. They have a great sound, less gritty than a P90, but more clear than a humbucker and a lot of range among the 3 settings. This is the second time I've used them, and I'll use them again. Another thing that I'm loving are the Fender Bullet strings. Normally I'd use D'Addarios with the ball ends, but I tried the Bullets, and I can tell they really help the guitar stay in tune compared to other Strats I've had.
Here's a shot of it hanging on the strap, and it hangs fine, no headstock dive. I've left the pickguard plastic on temporarily until I'm satisfied with the setup; that's why it looks shaggy. And yeah, the bathroom has the biggest mirror in the house....
I'm amazed at how well this thing stays in tune, even with heavy whammy use. I'm starting to think the Bullets are a must for a Strat-style trem. Here's a non-flipped image. I'm also working on another design that I'm very stoked about...
Really nice work, BB.
Looking fantastic! Nice build!
Can't wait till your next project ! ! A1 ! !