Joe Strummer Telecaster

Joe Strummer Replica Telecaster. Final adjustments to detail.

I built this Joe Strummer relic project, partly for the hell of it – but also as a gift to a close mate, and lifelong Strummer fan. I’ve had a good deal of fun playing the guitar in, and I’m genrally pleased with the way the build has gone. The guitar will be moving on soon – so I’ve got a last chance to look it over, and make any final tweaks and adjustments.

Custom, Joe Strummer Telecaster. Finished specification.

A Joe Strummer telecaster, relic project seems to be a bit of a “right of passage” for self-builders. It’s somewhat liberating to be able to put a guitar together whilst having a bit of freedom to “rough up” the finish along the way. Over the last month or so, I’ve managed to finish both the Jaguar and the Strummercaster. It’ll be interesting to see how they match up against each other.

Strummercaster setup.

Seems like it’s setup week in Garageland. Both the Jaguar and Telecaster projects are nearing completion at the same time. With thoughts turning to possibilites for the next project, it’s time to setup the Tele and see if it sounds in keeping with its’ looks.

The Strummercaster. Fret levelling and tuner fitting.

The neck and body have been evolving and developing separately. I’m keen to get to the point where I can join everything together, and start to work on the guitar as a whole. It makes sense to dress the frets while the neck is off. It’s cold in the workshop – and I can get this done on the kitchen table, where it’s warm.

Paint it black.

It’s a refreshing change, and the pressure’s off – not having to get everything finished to the best possible standard. Since I’ll eventually be beating the finish up to simulate age, there seems little point in worrying about minor imperfections. But then, those little imperfections only ever seem to show themselves when I’m really, really trying hard to keep it perfect.