1970 at age 13 I received my first electric guitar and amplifier.
I was so excited!
It was an older one pick
up Teisco, model E 110.
It was blue with a black
pick guard. I took it completely apart to see what an electric guitar
looked like on the inside and how it was built, then put it back together.
A few years later I took
it apart and sanded the body to bare wood. Then I put a clear finish
Many years later it somehow
survived a house fire.
More years passed.
My teenage daughter had a birthday party and I had an idea. I took
it apart once again , and told her and her girl friends to pour nail polish
all over the body. They were happy to oblige. After it dried,
I decided the guitar needed a new pick guard, the original was black plastic
and did not match the new colors. I had an old IBM computer in the
garage. I took it apart, and used the old pick guard as a template
on the top of the computer case. I got out the jig saw and
cut out my new metal pick guard, sort of a beige color. Then I remembered
I had an old Les Paul Deluxe (70's) mini humbucker pickup. I cut
a space for it. Then drilled the holes for volume and tone pots and
for two mini toggle switches, on / off. So each pickup would be on
or off, three pickup choices. I had to make room for the pickup
in the body, so I put my chisel to some good use.
I then took the leftover
polish and started pouring it on the metal pick guard, and the head stock.
I put it all back together
and ended up with what you see here. It was fun working on
that guitar and a good learning experience. I still noodle around
on it once in a while.