DIY Telecaster Pt2

Posted in Guitar, Telecaster by Tony C on May 6, 2007

All the bits and pieces are gathered in and I’ve done the first fit to see if it all hangs together.  And I’m rather pleased with the results, just need to get the soldering iron and screw driver out!

So what’s in the inverntory then:

Met green Tele body of unknown origin.  Probably Alder.  Don’t think this was ever an official colour.
Squier Silver Series Stratocaster neck.  Rebadged Japanese Fender part.
Seymour Duncan Little ’59 and Hot Rhythm pickups.
Tortoise Shell pickguard.
Fender ‘F’ logo neck plate.
Vintage Brass Three Saddle Bridge.
Locking strap pins.
Ping Tuners.
Roller String Tree.
Custom Control Plate, three Way Switch.

The last item is a real oddity and I’m loving the flames.

When build day comes hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll post a semi comprehensive build ‘diary’.  Well one entry should cover it.

Telecaster DIY

Posted in DIY, Guitar, Telecaster by Tony C on March 31, 2007

I’ve always preferred the Fender Telecaster over the more obvious Stratocaster, it’s nothing technical, musical or rational.  The only problem is choosing one as there are now hundreds of different types, reissues, copies and custom shop variants so rather than have to find one that fits the bill I thought why not build one, not from scratch but from second hand and maybe some new parts.

So far I have a ’92 Squier Silver Series rosewood neck ironically from a Stratocaster but no matter as Strat necks attached to Tele bodies is not uncommon, the Silver Series Squiers where relabled Fender parts from the now defunct Japanese factory and the quality is superb.  It also came with a set of Ping Tuners, yep I didn’t know the golf guys made bits for guitars but apparently they do.  The body as far I can tell is a copy from a Telecaster of unknown origin and finished in an almost radioactive metallic green and looks great with the neck, the fit is spot on too and I don’t think I’ll have to trim the neck slot or use shims.  A tortoiseshell pickguard will look very cool against the green.

Nice fit...

Boss Micro BR: It’s rather good

Posted in Boss, Guitar, Guitar Effects, Micro BR, Tech by Tony C on February 1, 2007

It's small and packed with goodnessRecently I sold both my Boss GT-8 and DB-90 as both were overkill for my humble needs, don’t get me wrong they were stomping bits of kit but the £ per feature used they were at the wrong end of scale.  The Micro BR caught my eye at the end of last year and seemed to have everything I need as a fledgling guitar player with a gadget habit; effects, rhythms, tuner, metronome, phase trainer and an MP3 player all in a box a little bigger than an iPod and the same size as a Zune.  Oh and it also happens to be a 4 Track studio as well. 

It is quite brilliant and, hurrah, Boss have managed to include a manual that’s useful.  Anyone who has ever purchased Boss kit before will know have awful the manuals are, the one for the GT-8 is a particular stinker and you’re better off using it as a backup for Andrex.  The one for the Micro BR has a handy tutorial and actually seems to be written by someone who’s used one.

I’d have liked WMA support and when recording to the BR somekind of common format used like MP3 or WMA but hopefully this can be remeded in a firmware upgrade as the on board USB socket allows PC connectivity.  The only other downside is the thirst for batteries and I’d go for a mains adaptor which will pay for itself in AAs pretty quickly.

Highly recommended.