We finally wrapped up Fugar's guitar and sent it back with him to UCLA. The kid did well with designing the shape and accessories. It was a little heavy and too big to fit a standard case, but for a first attempt I thought it came out great.
I am working feverishly to complete Telecaster #2 for a friend's son and Telecaster #3 for a future buyer. Both guitars are still a ways from completion but the quality is first rate. The finishing process has been tricky but so far I am very happy with where it is. Initially I did a pore fill with some of the Bartletts I have saved over the years.
Pore filling on Telecaster #3 was done very differently, using tung oil and 220 grit sandpaper. I applied the tung oil with the sandpaper and used it to create a slurry that was pushed down into the pores.
After the pore fill on Telecaster #2 I shot it with yellow TransTint dye using denatured alchohol as the carrier.
Followed by shooting the back with TransTint orange, carrier modified with 30% RO water.
And then each coat was repeated using TransTint and laquer.
Getting ready to do the neck pickup route on Telecaster #3. This body is black American walnut over mahogany. I would like to do a Lollar pair in this, maybe with a humbucker in the neck position. I need to finalize that choice today so I can finish the neck milling and move on to finishing both of these guitars.