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'54/'55 telecaster/esquire replica with pics!

 
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'54 esquire or telecaster
esquire
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dirty blues



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:43 pm    Post subject: '54/'55 telecaster/esquire replica with pics! Reply with quote

Here are the progress pics.

http://s152.photobucket.com/albums/s192/lincjazzmaster/telecaster%20body/

Maybe someone could post the new pics to the thread. I'm on a mac.

I am very happy with it thus far. Tomorrow I'll sand the final coat of SS with 400 grit, wipe with naptha, then spray fender blonde color. I plan on a light transparent finish with no halo.

I sprayed about 1/2 of a can of sand and sealer on the body as a wash coat, about 4 passes over it all, sanded with 320

Used an old washcloth to wipe the grainfiller into the pores and leave a semithick film over one entire side, waited 8-10 minutes, scraped perpendicular to the grain with the sharp edge pointed away and the blade at a 40 degree angle so as to pack the filler into the pores. I did this about 3 x's for each side, packing and scraping as much as possible off of the body...sand 320

grainfill again, same process, sand 320

sand and sealer remaining 3/8 of the can, sand 320

spot check completely, spot grainfill, sand 400

fianl 1/8 can of sand and sealer.

The razer blade worked good for the edges too. I pack-scraped them carefully too. Be gentle on the edges so as not to lose the contours. A little 320 light sanding worked great too.

Grainfilling with Bartleys wasn't as difficult as it's been played out to be.
Thanks to all who post here for the help and tips!

I'm still not sure if it'll be a telecaster or an esquire. I have both decals.

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Jai



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool...good progress. should end up lookin good. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am in the same boat as far as doing an esquire or a tele...in my opinion I say go for the Esquire....there are a million teles out there and very few Esquires.....set yourself apart hehehe.......and to be honest with you I never play with the neck pickup anyway (at least on my strats) thats why I am leaning twords the esquire........could be different for you but I say go for the good 'ol bridge p/u only Esquire!!!!! .....just my 2 cents................
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See for me, I love the looks of Esquires and think it's cool because there aren't many. But I absolutely love the neck pickup in both teles and strats.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah the Esquire's look way cool!
You can always do the hidden neck pickup ala Vegasrock to keep the Esquire look but have the telecaster versatility. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some of the pics..
Ready for final sand...


Side with hardware...


Grainfilled 3x...


Grainfilled 3x with SS...



Looks good so far. I couldn't do anything about the size of the pics. You can edit them and get them down a size on photobucket.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice job so far Shocked . I looks great.
As for which one, well that depends on if your gonna play it, or hang it on
a wall to look at. I have made both, but when I go out every Friday to play its the tele or a strat or a bass if the regular base player isnt coming. The esquire is nice but really not as versatile as a tele when playing. Why don't make both?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Structo wrote:
Yeah the Esquire's look way cool!
You can always do the hidden neck pickup ala Vegasrock to keep the Esquire look but have the telecaster versatility. Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice piece of wood!!! I've actually been pondering that question for a while about my blackguard....I could easily get a esquire pickguard and turn it into one. Maybe make it a stealth esquire. Cool
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dirty blues



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just finished spraying the blonde. The pics are on the same link as above.

I'm happy with it. It's going to get clear coated tomorrow.

tansparent colors are tough to spray. I sprayed them dry...had to battle the wind a little. the horn area was tough.

I like esquires a lot and don't have one, I also don't have a tele. Maybe I'll put the esquire logo on it and put the two pickups in it and wire it for tele. There's something about the esquire name that catches my attention.

everyone on the board helped make this one pretty nice. thanks!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That blonde looks great!!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice grain on the tele there. It should be a nice Esquire (I voted telecaster because I LOVE the tones of a tele neck pickup) but I do agree, having an Esquire does make it stand out a bit. Plus, it makes you use that tone control an awful lot!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words.

Do you think the transparency is good? I like it where it plays tricks on my eyes. I wanted to throw that our there having seen more opaque ones too.

I used one entire can, but sprayed dry.

Did they make two pickup esquires in 54 or 55? Please let me know what you'd like to see this one become. I keep going back and forth in my mind.

Thanks, this forum is cool.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
When first announced in June of 1950 (but available a bit earlier) as Fender's first electric solidbody, the Esquire was a available with either one or two pickups (actually the "single Esquire" with one pickup was available first), a black pine laminated body, a white pickguard, steel bridge saddles. Body shape was the standard "Telecaster" body shape, but only 1.5" thick (instead of the normal 1.75" thick). After the first few examples were made, the finish changed to butterscotch blond on a solid ash body and a black pickguard, and later two pickups (known as the "Double Esquire"). Most 1950 Single Esquires had no truss rod (no contrasting strip down back of maple neck)


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http://www.provide.net/~cfh/fender2.html#esquire
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ya haven't decided on pickups for her yet, may I suggest Dan Mare 2324's or his Joel Foy wrap. I have a set of 2324's and the tones are just so sweet and vintage I can't stand it!

BTW, beautiful job on the finish!!
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