Project Tremonti:

Ok, been on the fence on this getting this guitar.  But once GC started liquidating these things at 25% off, had to jump on it.  Mods will be: PRS Tremonti pickups, Mojotone treble bleed capacitor/resistor, PRS graphite nut, Schaller locking tuners, PRS lampshade knobs, Allparts pickup rings + knob. 

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A video I made of my telecaster being built by my good friend Zach Schultz. Please be a sweet heart and watch it in 1080p!


I now own two “partscasters” and I am building a 3rd as we speak!  I didn’t make this hard tail Strat…someone else did.  But I got it for the INSANELY low price of $350.  The body and neck alone would cost well of $500…then ya gotta add pickups, pots, wiring, nut, tuners, pickguard and a really snazzy headstock decal and “F” neck plate.   The cost of these parts alone would be at least $6 or $700.

I feel pretty smart about this…some might even say “smug”.  :D


Yet another action-packed Friday night at my place.  I am stripping this old Tele body and will refinish it…not sure in what colour yet, but I am leaning towards Sherwood Green or LPB.

Also seen here is that flame maple neck that I also just finished refinishing!  When I got it (used) it had Wilkinson tuners installed, and not that they are bad tuners…in fact they are awesome tuners…but I want a vintage look.  I removed them and plugged the holes because they won’t be covered by the vintage-style tuners.  

It also had a very sad Fender decal, which had been applied in the wrong place on the headstock…so I sanded it away and replaced it with this repro ‘66 - ‘67 style “transition” Esquire decal.  The prior owner had also put the string tree in the wrong place, so I removed it, plugged the hole and will re-install it in the proper place when the time comes.

I then lacquered the hell out of it and have sanded and buffed it to a very high gloss…so glossy that the back of the neck is actually slippery to the touch!  It’s hard to see here, but trust me:  it’s so glossy you could go ice skating on it.  Assuming you were 1/2 inch tall that is.