- Dec 12, 2012
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Sweet! I am not a fan of fender burst colors. But this one looks awesome!
Nice! What color is this? Daphne Blue? Sonic Blue?
that is f***ing beautiful.I've always liked Brian May and I've always wanted a true Red Special replica but i never had the money to get a proper one so I decided to make a Red Special Tele tribute. I built/assembled this one with the help from SF Guitarworks in San Francisco. They lined up the neck, routed for the pickups and installed the six-pence.
It's a birdseye maple top over a mahogany back body that I got from an eBay seller. Modeled from a '69 Thinline Telecaster. The neck is a Warmoth bloodwood with ebony fingerboard. Kluson locking tuners, Earvana nut, Schaller strap locks, Adeson Brian May spec Burns TriSonic pickups (Adeson makes the pickups in the best Red Special replicas), Stetsbar bridge, Q Parts knobs, volume and tone are the same brand and spec as the ones Brian May used in his Red Special, correct capacitor, six two way toggle switches... three for on/off and three for phasing each pickup, custom WD pickguard, SwitchCraft output jack and an inlaid six-pence coin. Finished in tung oil over my mix of red dye and amber.
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So refreshing to see someone with realistic expectations and who starts with a full setup before passing judgment on their "new to them" instrument. It is amazing just how good even a super inexpensive instrument can be made to play with a bit of knowledge and effort. One of the things that will cause me to click away from any review is when the reviewer insists on evaluating it "plug and play out of the box". In my experience "out of the box" is always going to have some issues, but what I really want to know is how those issues were addressed and whether or not it was more difficult than the majority of other instruments for the same procedure. I have done some work (usually no more than a few hours) for friends on guitars they thought were hopeless, and they were amazed what had always been there just waiting to be accessed.I got this Monoprice / Indio for under $100 earlier this year.
The tuners are just ok, and the plastic nut was NG.
Made my first nut from bone blank.
Smoothed a few rough fret ends / bevels and set it up.
Plays and sounds good.
I started looking for pickups before I even got it, so far the stock ones are good enough to stay.
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Too bad that video didn't include Keith Richards playing a killer lead limited to only 4 notes.
Through an old EL84 tube amp wfo.
With that look on his face . . .