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Sweet! There was another Brian Monty build posted recently. That guy must love forums like ours for spreading his beautiful work around.
 

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Klein plate is now en route to David Budzinski - it'll get the saddles and pickup installed and then be shipped up here.

May try out an Emerson pre-wired control plate.

Incidentally - if anyone has a line on black bake lite pickguards, let me know.
 

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Gracias ;-).

That's encouraging - that is one fine sounding Tele.
 

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Dave has received the bridge plate and speaks very highly of it. As his opinion on anything Tele is gospel as far as I'm concerned, I would definitely encourage anyone looking at a Tele build or upgrade to check them out - $55 USD, apparently every bit the quality of a Glendale, Rutters, or Callaham, all of which are double that price.
 

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Plate, saddles, and pups are en route - David did a custom wind for me - a little lower output than the Danocaster 10k wind - a low 8k 5-4-2 alnico bridge, with his Tall, scatter-wound neck. I've also tracked down a proper bakelite single ply black guard for it - probably gonna spring for an Emerson pre-wired control set-up (pricey though). The end is near...I hope.
 

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Got the hardware today - a very happy mail day. Due to costs involved in machining vs price of imported saddles, David is no longer having his Triple Threat saddles made, and this is the last set he had. Sad, but cool. I asked him to do something a little different for the bridge pickup. I told him it was a very vintage style build, so he went with a lower wind of the 5/4/2 Alnico bridge pickup he winds for Dan Strain (Danocaster), with flat poles. The neck is the standard Tall wind, which has been my favorite since the first time I heard one.

The Klein bridge is a very impressive piece of hardware. The corners are nice and smooth, without the annoying crimping on Fender plates. The edges are comfortable, and the thickness is similar to Fender and Glendale plates. I would have preferred not having KLEIN stamped into it, and I would say the overall finish of a comparable Glendale is a touch more refined, but this one is a definite step up from the Fender plates at half the cost of a Glendale, Callaham or Rutters...all of which are great.

 
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Only the people who want to know what it is will even notice the engraving ;)

Congrats early, that's gonna be a nice guitar. I have a family member with some 100+ year old ash on his property, he said he'd let me have some for a build. Too bad I can't build!
 

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Only the people who want to know what it is will even notice the engraving ;)

Congrats early, that's gonna be a nice guitar. I have a family member with some 100+ year old ash on his property, he said he'd let me have some for a build. Too bad I can't build!
Cut or still growing? If still growing, you should cut it now and let it age. Who knows what you'll be up to in 2040, and that would make a nice guitar, I bet.
 

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Cut or still growing? If still growing, you should cut it now and let it age. Who knows what you'll be up to in 2040, and that would make a nice guitar, I bet.
It's in the form of a barn that has been brought down - hoping it's dry sooner rather than later too!
 

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LOL - I'm sure Brian could handle the build end for you, Budda ;-)

I got the rest of the parts in today from Next Gen - unbelievably fast processing and shipping. I confirmed and paid the order on Wednesday, and have the parts here in the kitchen ready to bring over to Brian's. It ended up costing less than the same order direct from AllParts would have cost me, and I got it in a couple days instead of a couple weeks. ;-) Big shout out from a happy customer.
 
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No cut on this one - normal block heel. I'm very well-acquainted with the one on the right, Hammer ;-)
 

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I was over at Brian's last night - had a drink with Brian and Erica, and took a look at the build. All will be ready next week - can't wait. Fingers crossed that I can get my Dr Z moved so I'll have my Wooly Coats on hand when the Tele is ready ;-)
 

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That's photobucket - they've blocked all postings unless you pay now.
 
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