s/n RR140001

Francis Rossi ‘Live Aid’ Configuration Replica
s/n  RR140001

This was the very first Roots Replicas Francis Rossi replica guitar I ever made. Building this guitar took many months to complete and involved huge amounts of research, hours of careful attention to detail and lots of extremely precise comparisons with the original guitar in order to make sure that everything looked just right. I decided at the end of the process that the finished guitar looked so good that I just had to make more and that the process should be recorded to show how it was done.

 

The success of guitar No. 1 inspired me to create this blog and to start recording the progress of a new build, from scratch. Starting out with the build of s/n RR150002 the idea was to show any aspiring guitar builders, who may be contemplating their first project, just how it’s done using step-by-step descriptions, videos, images and those all-important close-up build pics (see Home>Guitar build No.2).

 

This guitar was built over the summer of 2014 and took several months of detailed work  to complete, but it was all worth it when the finished guitar was first plugged into my Marshall amp and sounded just like vintage 1970s Quo!

 

I hope you enjoy reading this blog and checking out the other builds, pics and videos. If you plan to build a Francis Rossi classic era (1970s–90s) Telecaster you will find all the pics, references and detailed info you need to get started right on this blog.

 

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Stringing

Stringing
Following on from my last post which covered the bridge, there were only a couple of jobs left to do. The electrics had to be soldered, followed by the fitting of a new set of strings. The electrics have now been soldered into position and all that remains is to fit the new strings. The strings we are going to use are the same gauge as Francis uses (9–42). So, from top E the individual string gauges are 9, 11, 16, 24, 32 and 42 and we are using a set of nickel-wound Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings.

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It’s important to ensure that the strings are wound in accordance with the established procedure for vintage slotted machine heads. Each string should be measured out to a predetermined length, bent to 90 degrees, crimped and cut to length before inserting into the tuner and wound carefully with the wind going downwards and with no overlapping. Fender have a set procedure for this, detailing all of the cutoff lengths which can be found in any of the many Telecaster manuals out there. A particularly good source of information is The Haynes Fender Telecaster Manual (By Paul Balmer).

Plectrum
This is quite a small detail, but worth noting anyway. Francis usually has a spare pick inserted under the edge of the pickguard, as you never know when you might drop one! Over the years he has used different picks in various colours. However, in order to be consistent with our Rollin’ Home pic and the period in question, we are going with a single black Jim Dunlop XL nylon pick and I believe that Francis still uses this pick today.

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The XL is a very heavy pick and not for everyone, so it’s just there, inserted under the scratchboard to look the part. You could use a much lighter weight black pick which wouldn’t deform the pickguard as much as this one does when inserted underneath. The ripple that the pick creates in the pickguard is pretty permanent and will never fully flatten out again. However, you will remember from a previous post (see Pickguard) that with the body-mounted neck pickup it is very easy to swap over to a new guard at any time without having to disturb any other parts

Pickup selector switch
At the time of Live Aid and for sometime after, the OG was missing the black plastic cap that sits on the end of the pickup selector switch. In more recent years the cap has been present, but for our build we are leaving it off for the sake of authenticity and I think that it looks better that way anyway.

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s/n RR160004

Francis Rossi ‘Live Aid’ Configuration Replica
s/n  RR160004 NOW SOLD

This guitar was built alongside No.3 and was put together in exactly the same way following all of the steps outlined in the main build page (see Home>Build No.3).

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No.4 guitar is also strung with the same set of Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings and both guitars feature the same black Jim Dunlop XL nylon pick that Francis uses tucked under the pickguard.

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Just like No.3, this guitar was also built using a 3-piece swamp ash body, is relic’d in the same way and features all of the same hardware, right down to the ‘Lego wheel’.

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Months of work has gone into building these guitars and I hope that you enjoyed reading about how it was done. This is not the end of course, as there will be more builds in the future so please check back here regularly for updates, news and pics.

Many thanks to everyone who has viewed and commented on this blog worldwide and I hope that it may inspire you to build your own Francis Rossi replica guitar!

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All text content and pictures of the guitar build appearing in the pages and posts of this WordPress blog are the exclusive property of Roots Replicas (except where stated otherwise) and are protected under international copyright treaties. The text and pictures of the build contained within this blog are made available for your personal viewing enjoyment only.

All Text Copyright © 2015–17. Roots Replicas. All Rights Reserved

Belgian Quo Band

Francis Rossi ‘Live Aid’ Configuration Replica
s/n RR160003

No.3 guitar is now owned by Francis “Rossi” Wildemeersch of the Belgian Quo Band (www.belgianquoband.be). Here’s what Francis says about his Roots Replicas Francis Rossi Live Aid replica guitar.

“A lovely instrument to play, a very accurate replica with great detail. I love this guitar!”
–Francis Wildemeersch

Checkout these great pics and video of Francis and his Roots Replicas guitar in action during the Belgian Quo Band’s current tour, it’s uncanny how much Francis looks like ‘Francis’ on stage.

Pics 1 and 2 were taken at Graauwrock – Graauw NL (25th May, 2017), pics 3–5 were taken at Polderrock – Oudenburg (20th May, 2017), pic 6 was taken at the Europafeesten – Tielt (9th July, 2017) and the video was filmed at Paulusfeesten Oostende (14 Aug, 2017).

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Belgian Quo Band live video!

Checkout this great video of the Belgian Quo Band from 14 August, 2017 performing Down Down live at the Paulusfeesten Oostende in Belgium.

As you can see in the video, Francis “Rossi” Wildemeersch is playing his Roots Replicas Francis Rossi ‘Live Aid’ Configuration Replica (s/n RR160003) which is used on tour by Francis, as his regular Down Down guitar. Checkout more Belgian Quo Band in this montage below from Oostende in 2017.


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All text content and pictures of the guitar build appearing in the pages and posts of this WordPress blog are the exclusive property of Roots Replicas (except where stated otherwise) and are protected under international copyright treaties. The text and pictures of the build contained within this blog are made available for your personal viewing enjoyment only. Additional pics of Belgian Quo Band on this page by Bibit and Andy Maelstaf. Videos posted by Dennis Sevenhans and Frank Vergucht.

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Rick Parfitt Telecaster

If Roots Replicas were to build a Rick Parfitt Telecaster, which version would you like to see?

The guitar in the first pic is Rick’s Tele at the time of Live Aid. The pic is taken from the cover of the 7″ vinyl single of Rollin’ Home (UK release: 9 May, 1986). There is not too much wear evident at this point in history and only a tiny area of the black film that covers Rick’s white pickguard has worn away. The patch of wear from Rick’s forearm and the general wear and tear on the guitar was quite minimal back then.

The guitar in the second pic is how Rick’s Tele looks today (30+ years on from the pic on the left) and was referred to by Rick as his ‘Rock n Roll Range Rover‘ as you could throw anything at it and it would just keep going!

Which one would you like to see built?

 

And the winner is…
Some time ago I conducted a poll on this page to see which of the above versions of the guitar people would like to see built. The overwhelming response was that 87% of those who voted wanted to see the Rock n Roll Range Rover get built. Many thanks to everyone who took time out to vote in the poll.

If a Roots Replicas build of a Rick Parfitt guitar does go ahead, it will be the Rock n Roll Range Rover configuration of the guitar that will be created, as voted for by the followers of this blog.

Mapping Rick’s guitar
I am currently working on a set of highly detailed technical drawings in order to map every surface and contour of Rick’s guitar. It’s so important to get down to this level of detail when attempting to recreate a replica of such an iconic and unique guitar. There are literally hundreds of Rick Parfitt replicas Telecasters out there and some of them are really good, but I don’t think I have ever seen one that is exactly right when it comes to the relic’ing and general recreation of wear and tear. The challenge here is to build something that goes just that bit further in order to achieve the authentic look and feel!

Mapping Rick’s guitar without access to the genuine article is a complicated process and involves the careful study of hundreds of pics and video clips as well as taking detailed and precise scale measurements from various pics of the guitar, both old and new. In addition, it’s also worth delving back in time through some of the older pics of Rick’s guitar to see just how the wear and tear has evolved over time. We are not just trying to replicate the front and back of the guitar (which is challenging enough) but we also need an accurate map of the body sides too and some of the older pics from back in the day can be very useful in terms of checking how a small ding or dent has become more pronounced over years of gigging.

 

All of the detail in the drawings will have to be carefully transposed to the body of the guitar, following what is quite a complicated and multi-layered painting process. Building a Rick Parfitt replica guitar is simpler in some ways than building a Francis Rossi replica, especially in terms of the hardware involved. However, when it comes to the general relic’ing to the body front back and sides, a Rick Parfitt build presents a far greater challenge!

So far, some good progress has been made with the technical drawings, but no definite decision has been made on whether to go ahead with a build. If we do proceed with a Rick Parfitt Rock n Roll Range Rover guitar, all details will be posted right here on this page in due course.

Thanks for continuing to follow this blog.