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TeleJazz 2.0

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Hopkins, Mar 10, 2013.


  1. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    The first one is my favorite basses, so I'm going for round two,
    IMAG0392.

    Specs
    TeleJazz body shape, gold sparkle finish
    Alder body
    Maple neck/Rosewood board
    Peavey T40 pickups from TB classifieds wired V/V/T
    High mass bridge off of a Squire CV
    Hipshot Ultralite tuners.

    I got the body roughed out
    20130310_171833_zpsf9eba8e5.

    This is the gold flake I'll be using, probably with a black base coat. I'll do some experimenting before hand
    20130310_174444_zps5953ece2.


    I haven't received it yet, but this is the neck I will be using. The headstock will be reshaped to my take on a Tele style headstock, painted to match the body. On a Fender style headstock, its more economical time wise and money wise to buy a pre built neck vs building one.
    $(KGrHqR,!hgFEnzZ0q+cBROODIjhzQ~~60_12.

    That is it for now, still waiting on most of my parts.
     
  2. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Weird and wacky! It reminds me of Fender's Pawnshop series, but taken to the next level - genetic mutation at its finest!
     
  3. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Kansas City, MO
    If it turns out anything like the red one it's gonna be sweet!
     
  4. red + golden flakes? = :/
    Red + silver flakes? = :D

    My taste xD
     
  5. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Well actually, I'm doing neither of those.

    The red one is red flake on a black base coat, the gold is either going to be gold flake on black, or gold flake on a gold base. I have to do some experimenting to figure out what I like best.
     
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Thank you, that's exactly what I was going for. I wanted it to be something that is very Fender, but something that Fender has never done before.
     
  7. so.the red color in the 1st one is all flake????
     
  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Yep
     
  9. TDFiend

    TDFiend

    Feb 20, 2012
    TeleJazz.

    TeleJazz2.



    Funny that you fancy tele and jazz bass hybrids with sparkle finishes, because I do too!
     
  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Hey Hopkins - Here's a hybrid I started years ago, and where it's at now

    A Jazz w/a Tele-style pg & defretted Tele P neck

    abpaxKJI.

    And after removing the finish, installing a J fretted neck and tapering the pg to be somewhere between a Tele and Jazzmaster/Jaguar.

    adjj8jsb.

    I'll keep an eye on this new build of yours -
     
  11. SaintMez

    SaintMez Commercial User

    Jan 3, 2010
    Meridian, idaho
    Blood Brothers Guitars - Luthier, Porter Guitars - Contractor
    Looks cool! Id love to try that metal flake on something.
     
  12. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
  13. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    It looks amazing, but its a royal pain in the rear to get right. Any imperfection in your color coat, and you pretty much have to start over or live with it. There is no touching up, and no sanding out a run. If you sand through the clear, into the color coat, you can sand the color off of the flake leaving a small silver spot. Also, do not use the metal flake in a spray gun that you have any intention of spraying clear through again. No matter how well you clean it out there will always be some random flakes stuck in your next project.

    But the end result is very much worth it. I'm still going to refinish the red one. Ill probably break it back down, and respray it when its time to spray the Gold one.
     
  14. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    TDFriend, JIO, those basses look amazing.

    I really dig that silver flake. Whoever sprayed that one piled on way more flake than I did on the red one. I think that may be the way I do the gold one, I bet that was at least 5 or 6 coats of flake on that one. That red bass was only 2 coats, the red doesn't look as good that saturated.
     
  15. TDFiend

    TDFiend

    Feb 20, 2012
    yeah i paid a lot for the finish, but it's the one i've always wanted
    :bassist:
     
  16. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Its a beauty for sure...always wanted to try that pickup config as well...like it?
     
  17. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Its actually a terrible pickup config. I dont recommend it. I wound up epoxying another Jazzbucker with no cover into the Mudbucker cover. and I cut the heads off of some screws and glued them in the holes.

    It sounds great now and still has the aesthetic I wanted.
     
  18. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Bonus!
     
  19. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
  20. TDFiend

    TDFiend

    Feb 20, 2012
    love it! it's REALLY high output, but my bands are on the heavier, side so it fits well. may not be what you're looking for if you play in "lighter" situations, but it's perfect for what i need, cuts through the mix easily too. i also play distorted sometimes too and works well with that as well.
     

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