Building a Keef-ish Tele

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More progress pix. Some lacquer flake and wear on the neck, scratches, dirt, etc. I have already tamed the scratches on the control plate as I took a look after snapping pix and it was contrived-looking. Already knocked that down. Took down the shine on the fretboard. After I get it where I want it, it will get smoked. That will be where some real grime will get into places. Yes- using real cigarettes. I use a squeeze bottle to smoke the cigs. I wear a respirator and goggles (16 year ex-smoker here). I will likely use three packs in close proximity along with a few cigars.

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That looks great dude! I finally got some photos of my Tele from my buddy. If you zoom in, you'll see some details like the spider cracks around the neck dots, and various dings and dents to the body. Note that the metal pieces were all shiny Chrome when I started and now they look aged. The paint was shiny and new. I screwed up the logo on the headstock and the neck wood was very white and it was very hard to make it look aged. I hadn't messed with Amber lacquer back then. I tried various other methods of paint and markers and none of them worked. However it's more of a wall art piece vs. a player guitar. Looking forward to your final result!

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That looks great dude! I finally got some photos of my Tele from my buddy. If you zoom in, you'll see some details like the spider cracks around the neck dots, and various dings and dents to the body. Note that the metal pieces were all shiny Chrome when I started and now they look aged. The paint was shiny and new. I screwed up the logo on the headstock and the neck wood was very white and it was very hard to make it look aged. I hadn't messed with Amber lacquer back then. I tried various other methods of paint and markers and none of them worked. However it's more of a wall art piece vs. a player guitar. Looking forward to your final result!

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Looks pretty good.

The white necks are harder to age. I usually scuff them up from 600 going to 1000 grit and use dye. There’s only 10,000 ways to go about it LOL
 

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The five hole humbucker scratch plate is BWB :( I could always do something about that. That was a bit of a punch in the gut. But it will do for now. Pix to come…
 

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One element I always used for a relic guitar was actual sweat. I put a soaked sweatband on metal parts. Another thing that I have never had the nerve to try just from the standpoint of being gross is urine. A buddy of mine swears by urine, and he drinks enough booze to always have a gallon on hand for aging guitar parts “more gracefully”. He puts it into a spray bottle and mists his metal parts for weeks on end. Apparently, urine has all of the corrosive elements of sweat with a few added bits of corrosion promotion. Urine is supposedly sterile. He sells his relics for okay money and is 100% upfront about his use of urine. Me? I will stick to sweat and dyes to corrode plating and to promote dirt/staining.

This guitar is starting to look more like Bruce Springsteen’s with a bit of Stevie Ray Vaughn and even the Monterey Pop Festival Strat Hendrix burnt. The brass bits are starting to show a patina.
 

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I bought the electronics from a custom shop Tele: Twisted neck, '69 bridge and 4 way selector switch. I wimped out on the finishing buying finished used Allparts body and V neck.


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Then I planned for months on a tele with a Firebird body before finding one made by a California luthier with zebrawood neck and walnut body, Dimarzio Hot Rails neck and Seymour Duncan 59 bridge, separate volume knobs with pull tap for less than I was going to spend on parts:

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Dumpy, that guitar looks badass.
Thank you.

It is so hard to determine when the aging process is finished. The peg head looked too clean compared to the rest of the neck, let alone the guitar. I just need to refine the raw aspects of the wear on the peg head.
 

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Replibute: Both replica and tribute, making it an original instrument.

Boss pedal knobs look so much better:
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