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Jeff Leites

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  • Birthday 01/01/1970

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  1. Tommy at USA Custom Guitars http://www.usacustomguitars.com/ will make you a 24" scale neck, but he's probably more expensive than Warmoth. On the other hand he'll give you more options.
  2. How? I found a Fender logo on the web, like this one at http://www.flickr.com/photos/metropolis ... 696286963/ I copied it into a graphics program. where I added the letters for MUSTANG in a font close to Fender's, and I added the little lines to the letters. I found a font similar to the one for Offset Contour Body, and added that, and I added the patent numbers. I copied the resulting image into Microsoft Word (inserted it as a picture into a text box), because it's easy for me to manipulate the size there. BTW, the Offset Contour Body part is a seperate decal. When I got it looking just right, I printed it onto water slide decal "paper", from my local hobby shop (where I could buy one sheet). I comes in laser and ink jet varieties. If you're not familiar with decal paper, see this: http://www.decalpaper.com/category-s/3.htm They sell some kind of waterproof coating for the decal, but I just use a couple coats of clear urethane or lacquer. Cut out the decal, soak it in water, slide it off and into place on the head. I use a Q-tip, to smooth it out (sort of roll it over the surface). When dry, spray over it with urethane or lacquer. Why? If you mean, why make it instead of buying one... Cost = about $3 ($0 if I already have some decal paper on hand). If you mean why did I want the logo... Because I was going to use the neck as a replacement, and I wanted it to look like the original neck. Since I ended up putting it on a new body, I am having 2nd thoughts. I'm not trying to pass this ax off as a real Fender, but the decal looks so excellent, I don't want to destroy it. I will probably just add another small decal with my name, or "by" my name to the head.
  3. This is the first time I've used them, so i don't know yet. I didn't know about them being rough on the strings. What's bugging me now is the trem. Just like my original Mustang. It's throwing the tuning off. It doesn't take much to throw it off by a half step Trem update: I just applied some Triflow to the nut... no change. Then I sprayed some into the bridge cups (the best I could without loosening the strings, which may not be a bad idea), and on the trem posts (where it pivots). Now I can move the trem in way more extreme positions then i'd ever actually use, and comes right back in tune I should have tested it after lubing the bridge cups and before the trem posts, so that I'd know which was the fix.
  4. I'm finally Done! Here are the specks again: Warmoth body, neck, pickguard, control plate, trem, modified bridge. Ebony fingerboard Graphite Nut Stainless Steel frets Schaller mini locking tuners Roller string tee Swamp Ash body w/clear finish Carvin twin rail humbucker pickups Slide switches for each pickup wired - Humbucker--Off--Singlecoil (wired so that the neck pickup tap is shorted to ground, and the bridge pickup tap is shorted to hot. That way the opposite humbucker coils are used in single pickup mode, creating humbucker action between the two pickups) Push/Pull (actually Push/Push like a foot switch) tone control wired for reverse phase.
  5. I think when I last left you, I had refinished my old Mustang in red (I've changed the color several times over the decades), and replaced the old neck with the worn frets and fingerboard with a new neck: Well, that lasted a few days, until my wife convinced me that I should put the old neck back on, and just keep it as a vintage guitar. I thought as long as I was doing that, I might as well try to get it back close to the original color. So here it is. blue again with the old neck: Now, what to do with that new neck and bridge? I had put extra money into it for an ebony fingerboard, graphite nut, stainless steel frets, and locking tuners, not to mention my home made decal: Easy answer to that question... build a new Mustang! It's in the works... A swamp ash body that I'm almost done clear lacquering. I'll let it harden a while, then put it all together. I'm going to wire this one up differently than a standard Mustang. I'm putting in two Carvin dual rail humbuckers. Each slide switch will be --> |--- Humbucker -|- Off --| Single Coil The tone control will be a push/pull pot that will be used for phase reversal. I'll post pictures when I'm done. Here's a sneak preview:
  6. You can make your own with a graphics program. Start by finding a good Fender logo on the web in the style you like. Copy it into your graphics program. You can clean it up there if you need to. Find a font close to the JAG-STANG part, and use the graphics program to position each letter. Print it on decal paper from a hobby shop. I spray a coat of urethane over the decal to waterproof it. Here are some Mustang labels I made for a replacement neck. I made two in case I screwed up the first one. I also cut the paper to the size I needed, so that the unused paper wouldn't pick up any crud running it through my printer.
  7. When I last left you, we were discussing if my 64 Mustang was originally Daphne Blue or Sonic Blue (we decided on Daphne Blue). I had refinished it in red in 1969, Black in the 80
  8. My skills are only at the assembly and wiring level, but I did work in the Fender building in Fullerton.... after Fender moved out, and my employer moved in
  9. I was going to volunteer but you mentioned that you had an apprentice.
  10. Aug - I found a store in Burbank that will custom mix lacquer. Only problem is, he won't mix less than one gallon. I also remembered one more crime in my "safe" section of North Hollywood. It was probably over 25 years ago, but I was awaken one morning to the sound of what i thought were fire crackers, but it turned out to be my next door neighbor having a shootout with some intruders that broke into his house. At least these things are rare in my neighborhood.
  11. I'd really like to do that. Where and when?
  12. thats the pedigree of most of north hollywood My corner of NH isn
  13. I think I'll do that. BTW, here's a pix I found on yet another site, that shows how the aging clear coat on a blue mustang turned it green: I wouldn't think that the control plate would prevent the paint from aging but what do I know? This same site say's that a Sonic Blue Mustang is really a faded Daphne Blue, but I don't think I buy that since we know Fender used both. I also can't believe how may times I forgot how to spell Daphne, and had to look it up, and this morning I noticed a note my wife has on a sticky at the bottom of my monitor with the phone number and e-mail address of someone she knows on it... her name is Daphne, in big letters
  14. You're right. In fact, I was just reading an article about how the aging paint has caused a lot of confusion over what color an old Fender really was --> http://www.provide.net/~cfh/fenderc.html To add to my dilemma, The Sonic and Daphne blues seem to be different shades of the same color. The sonic in the shade may look like the Daphne in the sun. If I saw one or the other (both would be better) in person, I think I'd remember what it looked like before I changed it 40 years ago.
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