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    BlackBerry tele build diary TLA1s

    Iím new to the forum and pitbull but a little experienced with guitar building in general having built myself a partscaster, a scratch bass and tele previously.
    I bought the necks in because thatís beyond my skil level atm.
    My wife bought me a pitbull kit for Xmas, I asked her to get me anything off the site and keep it a surprise as Iíve been really impressed with what Iíve seen from pitbull previously.
    Iím starting this build diary a little late because I hadnít realised that there was such an active forum on here but Iíll try and get caught up with the photos and steps Iíve taken so far at some point today.
    I didnít buy it myself so I think itís a TLA1s but mine doesnít have binding.

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    Welcome mate. Looking forward to seeing your build 👍🏻

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    Overlord of Music Andy40's Avatar
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    Yaaaaay, any tele kit is awesome.
    Build #1 - ST-1 - Completed and upgraded
    Build #2 - LP-1SS - Completed | Co-Winner-May 2016 GOTM | Runner up GOTY 2016
    Build #3 - TLA-1R - Completed
    Build #4 - SGD-612 - Completed | Runner up Feb 2017 GOTM
    Build #5 - ES-1G - Completed
    Build #6 - STA-1HT | Completed | Co-Winner - July 2017 GOTM
    Build #7 - ST1JR - Completed
    Current Build #8 - JBA-4
    Build #9 - Semi-scratch build Tele x 2 - Completed
    Current Build #10 - PRS-1H
    Current Build #11 - AGJR-1
    Current Build #12 - ATL1SB

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    https://i.imgur.com/tVG7r20.jpg
    Hopefully this photo works, this is the body after some light additional sanding.

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    Started laying many, many thin layers of dartfords wood dye until it built up to the colour I wanted.
    https://i.imgur.com/jZdyOm0.jpg

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    Btw Iím not sure if these photos are showing up for anybody so let me know if Iím doing something wrong, couldnít upload directly from my phone.
    Once the dye was finished I started with multiple coats of Tru-oil but made a huge mistake (which I neglected to take a photo of) when I applied too much at once and got runs of oil over the back of the body.
    Had to sand the entire back of the body down to bare wood and start again.
    This is partway through the sanding.
    Thankfully I rescued it.
    https://i.imgur.com/Bvd4u5B.jpg

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    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
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    Oh my, I can see this one is going to be off the hook, I love the spalt through that colour, will you continue adding more colour or are you done?
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    Thanks, appreciate the feedback.
    Thatís the colour done for now, I wanted to get it nice and deep without overpowering that spalt.

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    Oh dear sweet mother of god look at how that's coming up! that is magnificent. Great job so far man!
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