I carved the headstock and stripped off the original finish. Refinished everything and added some burned areas at the back of the headstock for a lived-in vibe. Upgraded the scratch guard, and rewired the control plate so I could flip it around – one of my favorite tele mods. These days, I have it set-up as a 5-string open G tuned tele rocker ala Keith Richards.
Hardware from Spain. A new Paulownia body finished in tung oil. Tele neck with a carved headstock. Got that twang.
This heavy beast of an alder body guitar started as a rescued New York Pro telecaster.
The jack needed to be re-soldered and the neck was starting to crack. I drove two lag pins into the heel to secure the neck integrity. You can see one of the pin covers in a photo below. I took the logo off, too.
It holds tune and intonates well for a 3-saddle tele.
The action is very low – this was a well designed and solidly built inexpensive guitar.
I intended to replace the neck with a tele neck. Instead I traded the guitar for a Nuno Bettencourt shredder I intend to mod.
These old guitars were built by Tiesco and sold by Sears. The pickups are collectible and traded. The rest not so much.
I replaced the tuners, straightened and leveled the neck and fretboard, and used electrolysis to get the rust off the bridge components.
The finish on the body was impregnable. I concocted a paint-over scheme that turned out pretty well. But not easy.
Nice vintage sound. Everything works and plays. But these were never great guitars so nostalgia has to count for something.
This kit had to be wrestled into submission. I wrote to the vendor to complain to no avail. All the parts seemed cheap.
The basswood body did not want to take on color or reveal the grain. I gave it two coats of stain, and two coats of tinted Danish oil. Finally, I broke out my torch and set it on fire.
The fire worked. Since it now had a distressed look, I added some construction staples and did a few things to give the patina it needed.
The cavities were lined with copper and grounded together to make a Farraday cage.
I donated it to Goodwill. It sold for $177. There’s a message in there somewhere – I wonder what it is.