1 Otter 1 month ago So this is the year I've decided to finish up some long unfinished projects and finally commit to some things I've been considering for a long time. This will be long, so feel free to just skip through to the photos.Both my 6120 and Casino have some major updates coming, but I'm not ready to discuss that yet. I'm sorry, but you'll be hearing all about those soon. Today we'll focus on the Tele and the Dano. So Teles. I've tried A LOT of iterations. I've had "this" Tele since about 2007, but it's a Ship Of Theseus at this point. I think the only remaining parts from that MIM Tele that I bought at Fenway GC the summer of my Junior year are the control plate and the strap buttons. Necks? 4.Bodies? 3.Pickups? 7.Bridges? 4.Bigsbies? 2.But isn't that the point of Teles? I don't think this one will ever be "done", and it took a while to get the B16 where I wanted it, but I'm happy to report I'm in a good place with it right now.The neck is a Squier "Strat" neck, with the big 70s headstock, circa 2012. I believe it was made in China, but I removed the original label unfortunately and don't remember. It's got a lovely rosewood fretboard and impeccable fretwork. The nut was a little high, so I spent some time sorting that out. I painted the headstock to match the body's Shell Pink, applied my logo, and installed vintage-style tuners. It's got a good unobtrusive medium C profile that's so generic you don't even think about it. Just feels like a regular electric guitar.The body is a plainol' swamp ash plank (supplied, free, by the same lumber supplier here in Vicksburg used by Fender, Gibson, and PRS) that I cut on the CNC. Regular vintage specs, lightweight, finished with reranch Shell Pink.It's got a Dimarzio Chopper T pickup, which gets a reputation as a super metal shredder pup, but output-wise seems more like a slightly hot PAF to me. But really where it shines is in parallel mode, where it gives a fairly--surprisingly--convincing gnarly Tele twang. And the series mode is there for solo boost or heavy-grungy rhythm. I'm considering adding a neck bucker for Keef-style riffing, but undecided on the type. I could get the Chopper neck pup to match the bridge (and do the same series/parallel wiring) or go for a more traditional humbucker type.Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've arrived at the Gretsch Rocking Bar Bridge on this guitar. This bridge is the original bridge that came with my 6120, I believe it is chrome-plated brass. I had to reshape the rosewood base to fit in the space alotted by the B16. Its radius doesn't match the fretboard, but it's already a vast improvement in functionality over the Bigsby bridge that came with the B16. Expect a Serpentune in my future, material TBD.I had a B5 on my Tele for a long time, but after experiencing more and more Bigsbies without the tension bar I just couldn't abide the unresponsive B5 anymore. I got this B16 from Frank Giffen along with the Bigsby neck shim, and I couldn't be happier with it. The increased body-to-string distance and the back angle of the neck have resulted in a Tele that very much feels more like my archtop guitars. I'm sure there is some sustain and twang missing from not having the traditional Tele bridge, but I'll be damned if it doesn't still sound like a Tele.Overall, I'm super thrilled with this Tele where it's at right now. I guess it's still an Esquire, but I do think I'll add a neck pup at some point. I'm just glad to have it playing so well, as it took a while to get the setup right with the B16. Some nut work, and the Gretsch bar bridge sorted that. The Dano. I guess I shouldn't call it a Dano, because it's not, but it's vaguely constructed like a Dano and it has the pickups. I've considered calling this model the "Catfish", as it was conceived in Mississippi, and there's nothing more "Mississippi" than a catfish. See here for more on the conception of the Catfish: http://gretschpages.com/for...This one has seen considerably less modification then the Tele. In fact I don't think I've changed a thing in nearly 4 years. But after successfully getting the B16 on the Tele working the way I want, I couldn't pick this one up without reaching for the Bigsby. I didn't want to compromise with another B5, and I've been impressed with the geometry of the B16, way more than I expected to be. So I just decided to go for it.This is the B5 with the tension bar cut off. I had another neck shim and reused the Bigsby compensated bridge (I'll probably replace that with another bar bridge). So far I like the overall effect but I've got two remaining problems. The only Bigsby spring I had left was the stupid Reverend soft spring. Those worthless things should be melted down and turned into paperclips. I've got a proper 1" Bigsby spring on the way.The other problem is pickup adjustment. These Seymour Duncan lipsticks are meant to be installed in a Strat, without the high body-to-string distance afforded by the neck shim. I've got both pickups cranked all the way up, but I'd still like another millimeter or so on the bridge pup. I think I might be able to take apart the pickup and modify to get what I need.I think once I get those problems sorted I'll be able to set this up to perfection. Will be a nice tonal contrast to the Tele, while maintaining much of the same feel. On the amp front, I've finally installed the tweed on my 20w 1x12 plexi-ish thing. This was my first time covering a cabinet, but I think it came out pretty good. It helps that I had a high quality cabinet constructed by Powdog. I used a fabric more like clothing tweed than luggage tweed. In fact it's wool! It's gray, with some cool flecks of red, yellow, and blue throughout. Overall I really like it. At some point I might add some piping (not gold!) around the baffle, and possibly lacquer the tweed for durability. I've got several extra yards, I'm tempted to make a pair of pants out of it.The astute will notice it doesn't have a handle. I just haven't found the right one yet, and until COVID is over, I have no reason to carry it anywhere. Anyways I thought I'd update y'all on some of my projects; it's been a while since I did a good long post on here. I've been playing guitar a lot more lately, after a couple of years focusing on other hobbies, and tinkering with gear always helps me get into the spirit.