Stringing, and setting up my DIY replica, Wilko Johnson Fender Telecaster. Do heavier-than-usual strings make a difference?
Having obtained all of the body-mounted hardware I'll need for the JagStang build - it's the ideal opportunity to check the accuracy, and to position everything properly with a "dry-run" assembly.
Fitting a custom tone circuit on my Nashville Telecaster. Accommodating a neck/bridge pickup combination for the middle (3) switch position, and also incorporating a Fender TBX tone unit.
Re-installing the original pickups on my 1998 Fender Nashville Telecaster. This time with a replacement six-string bridge unit and a tidier, more logical, wiring layout
This new "Aged White" scratchplate looks far too pristine for this refurb job. I've previously paid to have custom plates aged by others, but having looked into how it's actually done - I think I'll save the money, and deal with this one myself.
With repairs and restoration on the neck and body complete - it's time to begin the re-build. Most of the original components will be replaced, but some will be swapped out as upgrades, or as new replacements for worn parts.
Repairing damage to the neck pocket area - where an over-tightened neck plate has compressed the body wood, and split the polyester finish.
Some restorative work on the neck of my Nashville Telecaster. A light clean, some fret work and new upgraded tuners.
Sometimes - it's only when you take a thing apart, that you get to take a really good look at what's happening...
With progress slow on a few of my other projects - I have time for a refurb and reset on my Nashville Telecaster. Is it a Tele, trying to be a Strat? - or vice-versa?