General tech questions

Amber Tinting guitar neck


I did my first neck tinting with Mohawk Amber and like the results! I cleared it with Gloss lacquer. I really should have let it cure more but after dropping it not once but twice(!) I went ahead and slapped it on the guitar. Next time I do one I'll use a paint stick attached to the heel or hang it on a wire.

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A jazzmaster neck

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With some got dark quick, surprised me.

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On the ash body

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I still need to dress the fret ends and tweak a bone nut, oil the fretboard etc. A temporary plastic one is in place now. It was fun and a learning experience.


Looks great! I like the look of the whole guitar.


Nice! How'd you score the waterslide?


Nice and you have the proper decalage.


WOW...that is a looker!

...could you describe the rest of the guitar parts/assembly?


Nice work. Behlen makes a vintage amber tint in a rattle can. Works very well too.


That's always fun to do. Nice job


Thanks guys! The waterslide is from George Charles in New York.

Here the back story on my JM build Link


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Toddfan, it's a Fender Lic. Allparts swamp ash body, BHefner Fender Lic. Jazzmaster neck with tall frets. Kluson tuners and Fender hardware with some great sounding Curtis Novak vintage style pickups.

Got some correct fitting covers from Curtis today!

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That turned out great Paul and a third drop woulda been the charm ya know


Very nice, Paul. Love the whole guitar.


The whole guitar looks great. I bet it sounds even better.


Thanks fellas!

Ist going to sound heaps better when I get the new correct pickup covers on. The ones that are on it now the poles don't line up. I believe I had bought MIJ Fender covers by mistake when I was sourcing parts years ago. The mismatch is causing the pickups to set lower than I'd like. I need to add some foam under the bridge pickup while I'm at it.


What's the story on that red Telecaster looks like w/ KOOL ashtray on. They should all be played w/ ashtray on like God and Leo intended.


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Looks like Muddy Waters' Tele


I love it...I just upgraded the hardware when I got it. It was a local CL deal I got years ago. Mix matched stuff on it, mex flat bridge w 6 saddles, weak pickups, cheap tuners...all the symptoms you look for. But the neck and body spoke to me! Some checking going on. Here I'm experimenting with a black bake guard wishing the neck pickup slot was correct!

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Curtis' pickups sound incredible in this thing. It makes it. Heavy knurled knobs for swells!


Hey Paul, was that the Mohawk Ultra® Classic Toner Amber on the JM neck? Looks good, and so does the Tele, I like projects like that, and I agree, I really like the way Ashtray covers "look", just a lot more comfortable playing with them "off"


Norm, this is what I used. Canned not far from me in the pretty town of Granite Falls.

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