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    Well when you are over your head- get help!

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    It's good to know people who will help...
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    I still haven't been to the sign shop to check out the gold foil for the headstock. I'm also going to look at the chrome foil for a small upgrade I want to do to my thinline. If you remember the build, a few years ago now, I had some dissatisfactions with the Gretsch Filtertron trim ring for the neck pickup. It was clear plastic painted on the bottom side with silver paint. I ended up painting it with "chrome" spray paint, but it always looked wrong. I ended up acquiring some chrome-ish tape that's used as part of a vapour barrier. It's not perfect....just a bit narrow, but thought I'd try it just to see how it looks.

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    I always really liked your flame guitars, Spell. They were some of the first things that stood out for me when I joined this group.

    And um, you guys are killin' me with all these hot lookin' teles this past week!
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doublewah View Post
    I always really liked your flame guitars, Spell. They were some of the first things that stood out for me when I joined this group.
    +1- very distinctive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post
    +1- very distinctive!
    Thanks, guys. The funny thing is that when they first appeared, I really wasn't hot for the flamed bridges. It wasn't until I was getting ready to build my cherryburst Strat that I really considered one, when I realized it was a perfect answer to convert a Strat from a vibrato to a hardtail. Once I'd used that first bridge, I was more open to using the Tele version, which unfortunately comes only as a string-through. I used that Tele style on both my Telcasters plus my red Duosonic. (also have a Custom Droptail top-loader from the same company, Custom Shop Parts, on my tri-color sunburst Strat that used to have the Bigsby). The company's out of business, but every once in a while, a piece or two will show up on eBay.

    I've been mentally kicking around the idea of doing a tweak on the cherryburst Strat body. The wiring has previously been super tight and fussy trying to tuck it in when I'm loading the pickguard. I'm anticipating it being tougher this time....Partly because there'll now be three extra ground wires from the bezels in the pickup loom, but also because I'm concerned about deforming the aluminum guard. I think it won't tolerate the stress that the old plastic guard did.

    I'm very torn....It would be a lot more refined to open the cavity up with the router, but it means taking the neck off. This is the first time I've had this guitar apart without dismounting the neck, and past history tells me that it makes the guitar very unhappy and takes a long time to settle back in once it's been in pieces. I could leave the neck on and do it by hand. I do know that more space, however it happens, will make reassembly a lot smoother.
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