The body blank for the Strummer Tele came with no pre-drilled holes to attach the bridge, and therefore no way to use through body stringing. I need to go back to first principles and work out a way to locate the bridge and drill the holes in the right place.
I need to get the main components in hand, so I can lay out the front of the guitar, and eventually work out exactly where the bridge goes. one of the main parts of the design is the iconic stickers, including the famous, "Ignore Alien Orders". Thank goodness for the Interweb!
Experiments in fucking up a nice, new, shiny guitar body. Full marks for spotting the Mescaleros reference in the post title, by the way. (From 1999's, "Rock Art and the X-Ray Style").
Having spent most of my time trying to make the best job out of everything - eliminating every stray bit of dust, polishing bits until they shine - I now look forward to taking shiny, new parts and letting go a bit. No more Mr. Nice Luthier.
Surely there's room on the planet for just one more Strummer replica Telecaster? For me - the Fender tribute series just don't cut it for proper, authentic gnarliness. Can I make one myself, that's authentic looking? Truly fucked up, yet still playable?
This Nashville Tele has been my main electric guitar for so long now. But I've collected and built a few others, and so it sometimes stays in it's case while some of the others get all the attention. I do tend to rotate the guitars I have to hand, and this one has recently seen a whole lot more play. But there have always been a few things about it that I wanted to change. Easy mods - and a setup into the bargain.
This is the real exciting bit. How is it going to play??
It's almost an alchemical experience. Wood and wire finished and shaped, and all to accept a simple electric circuit. With it, a guitar becomes electric and, as Frank Zappa puts it, "the guitar can be the single most blasphemous device on the face of the earth" - "The disgusting stink of a too loud electric guitar; now that's my idea of a good time".
Tremolos. As a bass player I don't actually know how to use them properly. I bend notes with my fingers. Do I really want one of them there whammy bar things?
Joining the neck and body. This feels like a momentous moment. Things need to go right.