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New Budget Build: Silvertone Bullet Esquire

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 1:07 pm    Post subject: New Budget Build: Silvertone Bullet Esquire Reply with quote

This all started when my son wanted to get rid of an old pine bookshelf in his bedroom. Free material is always inspiring. Very Happy
I planed off the finish, glued up two of the shelves for the frame, added the masonite front and back and made this Dano/Silvertone style body based on the shape of a Fender Bullet Deluxe from the early eighties.



I had a strat style neck that I reshaped the heel and headstock on.





Touched back up with trans tint and truoil.



Added some paint.



Some Dano/Silvertone style binding and a few things from the parts box. I wound up buying a big pole, ceramic tele pickup and making a single ply aged white pickguard for it.



I wrapped the pickup with some string to give it a vintage look.



Here's where I'm at now. Still need to string it up, add some string trees and do a setup.









Non stick, cookie sheet, back control cover.
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're a wizard. Your builds have always been some of the most tasteful on the whole guitar forums interwebz
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely!
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You're a wizard. Your builds have always been some of the most tasteful on the whole guitar forums interwebz


Agree with that!! Absolutely stunning!
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You make it look easy.

That's an absolutely wonderful guitar.
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This rules. Would love to own one
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys! I think I love doing the budget builds the most. You start looking at things differently when you're out shopping.
Stuff like Hurb's budget mastery is exactly the kind of stuff that gets me excited about a build.
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cooter wrote:
Thanks guys! I think I love doing the budget builds the most. You start looking at things differently when you're out shopping.
Stuff like Hurb's budget mastery is exactly the kind of stuff that gets me excited about a build.


Cheers man x
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wait till you see the modular synth I’m going to build out of Lego blocks and an old hair dryer!
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is SO sick; I particularly love the colour choice with the side tape and lack of control plate.

What was the name and brand was the paint?
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like how it really looks like it was made by Danelectro back in the day.
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That is SO sick; I particularly love the colour choice with the side tape and lack of control plate.

What was the name and brand was the paint?


I used this with Krylon Matte Clear on top.


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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would love to see a budget Jazzmaster made in exactly this way, with Hurb's DIY Mastery and a single Jazzmaster pickup in the bridge and a single volume and tone.
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just another voice chiming in with a "hot damn, the stuff you throw together out of spare parts looks cooler and classier than 90% of the custom shop pieces out there"
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just another voice chiming in with a "hot damn, the stuff you throw together out of spare parts looks cooler and classier than 90% of the custom shop pieces out there"
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2021 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just another voice chiming in with a "hot damn, the stuff you throw together out of spare parts looks cooler and classier than 90% of the custom shop pieces out there"

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2021 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WHOAH! what a looker, man! and pine, too... those tones are going to be dark and earthy!
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