Building a Telecaster

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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby zhyla » Mon May 16, 2011 3:51 pm

Sounds great, nice job man.

Reading back thru this thread you mentioned you wished you could have had blued steel hardware. I was thinking about it... bluing is actually pretty easy to do. I haven't done it, but at a high level I think you just dunk steel in some off the shelf solution. If you could figure out a way to strip the chrome/nickel off your hardware that could be an option. Seeing it all together I can see where some blued hardware would look awesome.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby rustyslide » Wed May 18, 2011 11:55 pm

I may have to wait until I have an 'outdoors' to play with; this process might be pretty noxious.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby tinsmith » Thu May 19, 2011 1:07 am

Nice....gun steel
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby Bant's Bluz » Thu May 19, 2011 11:52 am

zhyla wrote:Sounds great, nice job man.

Reading back thru this thread you mentioned you wished you could have had blued steel hardware. I was thinking about it... bluing is actually pretty easy to do. I haven't done it, but at a high level I think you just dunk steel in some off the shelf solution. If you could figure out a way to strip the chrome/nickel off your hardware that could be an option. Seeing it all together I can see where some blued hardware would look awesome.


Bluing is a relatively technical process. The bluing tanks alone are a big front end expense, then you have the chemicals which aren't cheap. The biggest issue in the process is the metal preparation. Now we're talking buffing equipment, etc. etc. Another approach might be to go with powder coating, although it's not permanent, then neither is bluing. With bluing you always have to be on the watch for rust.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby zhyla » Sat May 21, 2011 1:10 am

Bant's Bluz wrote:Bluing is a relatively technical process.


I was referring to the off-the-shelf "cold" bluing kits, such as this one:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Blue-Won ... l+Products

Obviously, the metal prep is the hard part. But I'm sure with such small amounts of metal to prep you could get by with a dremel tool.
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby Kmeto » Sat Jun 04, 2011 4:29 pm

I like this guitar. Looks good, sounds good :)
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Re: Building a Telecaster

Postby ReverendBow » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:30 am

Rusty,

Beautiful guitar! Nice build. That thing sounds great as well.

Nice picking too!
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