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BeeTL



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a nice customer shot of a Primaluxe from the last run.

You probably won't see one exactly like this ever again:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another customer shot I've been meaning to post:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

James looks pretty happy with his one-of-a-kind Teeluxe.

This one will never be duplicated.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome workmanship
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lon wrote:
Awesome workmanship

Thanks, Lon!

There's some really fun stuff in the pipeline...Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in the saddle again:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Teeluxe on the lower left and the Primaluxe are for me.

I will finally have a guitar and a bass of my very own.

It's been a long time.

The Primaluxe is the last Mighty Mite body I had on hand, and it uses one of my 32" scale conversion necks:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every neck I use in my builds gets threaded steel inserts tapped and glued in place.

They are attached using 8-32 stainless steel machine screws.

This maintains a vintage look, but is significantly stronger and more durable than traditional wood screws.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been doing same with my builds, adding the inserts and stainless steel screws. I wish there was a place to buy all stainless steel hardware like bridges, tuners, etc. Great work BTW
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Lon!

Given the option, I'd go 100% stainless as well.

With my custom rings and bridge plates by Hipshot, I'm getting pretty close, but stainless machines and saddles don't look like they will ever happen.

I will have to make do with chrome, nickel, and brass for those.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wood, paint, and metal...a few of my favorite things.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My goal has been to design a portfolio that is thematically cohesive, musically versatile, and aesthetically diverse.

This current gallery shot makes me feel as though I'm getting closer to that mark.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a nice live shot of Four Star Riot with Aaron Akers and his Ridler IV at Ella's Folk Art Cafe.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a fitment mockup of the Ridler VI with most of the parts sitting loose on the body.

Also shown is the Lowe "chopped" bridge that allows for a Bigsby to be retrofitted to a Lowe or any other guitar with a vintage 6+4 string through bridge.

I haven't experimented with it yet, but I'm curious to see if this configuration would allow the Bigsby to serve as a B-bender if one were to string the other 5 strings conventionally.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good looking setup. Being an old man, all that hardware would kill my shoulder 😃
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