Chop Shop: Upgrading My SG To Lindy Fralin Hum-Cancelling P90s

As some of you will remember, in 2007 I was lucky enough to purchase one of Gibson's "Guitar of The Week" models, the gorgeous Limited Edition ‘67 SG Special Reissue w/P-90’s. I have since fallen in love with this guitar over and over again, and it only sounds better with time... with one caveat –– the buzz from the single-coil P90s is dri…

EGR's Great Tele Relic Experiment: Misadventures Of A Neck Surgeon!

Okay, so as promised, here's a little look at our Tele Relic's neck now that it's been sanded, dinged to hell, tinted with wood stain, and all finished up with vintage amber nitro finish. Over all, we are mighty happy with the results, though it took quite a few tries to get it right... As seen in an earlier post, the first step was sanding t…

EGR's Great Tele Relic Experiment: Beatin' The Hell Out Of That Pickguard

As promised, I thought today I'd write down some of my thoughts on the creative process of aging our pickguard. First things first, we tossed aside our Baja Tele's single-ply black pickguard and went hunting for a nice retro-style mint green one to replace it. Unfortunately, finding a mint-green guard in a 5-hole configuration wasn't as easy as …

EGR's Great Tele Relic Experiment: The Nitty Gritty On The Neck & Fingerboard

Exhibit A: (photo, left) Inspiration for our Relic's neck, courtesy of this gorgeous '56 Masterbuilt Super Reilc over at the Music Zoo. So having put the body of our so-called Tele Relic to rest (save a few minor dings and scratches that still need to be added,) we have moved on to the most dangerous and delicate part of this entire project––a…

EGR's Great Tele Relic Experiment: Heavenly Body

When last we left our Great Tele Relic Experiment, the brand spankin' new Baja Player's Telecaster we had purchased on eBay was already looking like she'd seen far better days––but today she's absolutely dripping with sweaty night club mojo (if we do say so ourselves.) Of course, it was far from an overnight transformation, but as far…

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…