After taking a few weeks off from building and selling, I was ready to go again. My brother gave me some old copper sheeting that my dad had from the Victoria airport. I saw it and thought, “Wow, this is priceless”. It’s impossible to make such a deep patina as this has, natural green oxidizing, some grey industrial paint and just a generally good look. About three in the morning it came to me, “a black Tele body, black neck and Strat headstock and copper pick guard”. After burning, brushing sanding and removing the softer wood so the hard grain stood proud, I dyed the whole thing black. I then removed a bit of the stain to reveal a subtle amount of natural colour and then applied Nitrocellulose and wax. I wanted the headstock blackened but left a small amount of light wood to apply the Cruzcaster brand. I assembled it with the Seymour Duncan pickups and the traditional chrome control plate but then took it all apart and fabricated a copper control plate using the back side of the pick guard guard material. Why not copper knobs as well to make it a “Coppercaster.