EGR's Great Tele Relic Experiment: Aging The Body, Adding Some Grime

OK, so here are a few various iterations of our Relic Tele as we play around with different types of faux aging. Since this is truly an experiment, and we have absolutely no experience applying wear & tear to guitars––other than the good old fashioned way––we are taking our time to find out what works and what doesn't. The pickguard …

EGR’s Great Tele Relic Experiment: The Poor Man's Paint Room

OK, so here's our lovely little Baja Telecaster after about five days of start & stop finishing via my "poor man's paint room"–– otherwise known as a cardboard box. One of the beauties of building a Relic, I suppose, is that the finish doesn't need to be absolutely perfect, so we were able to get away with painting this thing in less-than-…

EGR’s Great Tele Relic Experiment: First Look At The Hardware

And now the moment we've all been waiting for... here is our first batch of hardware after spending about six hours in a rock tumbler filled with pea gravel. As you can see, it came out quite nicely. It's hard to say whether I will attempt the "acid bath" on these as well. I guess I'll have to wait and see how the rest of the pieces come out. S…

EGR's Great Tele Relic Experiment: And So The Work Begins…

Welcome To EGR Labs  OK, so here's a little look behind the scenes at EGR Labs (aka, my spare room.) Obviously, the Baja Tele we purchased has been taken apart, with great care given to photographing the wiring (it's an S1 system) since we don't want to run into difficulties putting it back together. All parts were put into separate contain…

EGR's Great "Tele Relic" Experiment: Our Guinea Pig Arrives

So, our guinea pig guitar in the so-called "Great Tele Relic Experiment of 2008" has finally arrived, and this afternoon I managed to get in some decent BEFORE pictures... in the interest of fully documenting this project I am posting them here for all to see. I'm happy to say that this guitar plays beautifully, and is in really incredible shape…

Introducing The Les Paul Push-Tone: Gibson's Guitar Of The Month For May

In case you haven't seen it, Gibson's kicking off May with the introduction of the new Les Paul Push-tone––a uniquely versatile instrument in that you can literally push the pickups out of the back of the guitar, unclip the wires, and swap in a completely different set of pickups, apparently in minutes. While this isn't all that new of an idea…