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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Gentlemans (gentlepersons) Competition. Best Telecaster Build for under $99

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wrnchbndr
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saving the otters one guitar at a time
Nov 18th, 2011 05:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No Rules. No judgement for the value of on-hand parts. No judgement for time invested. If you claim it cost you nothing for that set of used locking tuners of custom shop pickups, then it cost you nothin. This is where things got cloudy on the MIMF. The honesty factor counts toward a measure of charator or lack there of -- it all comes down to what people are willing to believe.

The deadline is Valentines Day. The winner gets acknowledged as the winner and nothing more. All loosers who enter must buy a star from Chris Greene. The winner is determined by vote of the moderators??? -- yea?

Who's In?

tiller2
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Nov 19th, 2011 05:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

wrnchbndr: fun idea, but having built one Tele and upgraded another I can't fathom how I could make one for under $99, or even twice that... Getting a beat-up Squier body on CL, I'm guessing, would be 1/3rd of the budget....

Unfortunately, I sold my MIM Tele pups (though I've got some Gibson humbuckers!)

Anyway, would it be more flexible/realistic to make the contest "best Tele for the money," without a $99 cap, or maybe with a $299 cap? Moderators would still rule.

Just a suggestion, and note that I haven't decided to compete, for various sensible reasons!

I love the idea of a contest, though, and maybe I'd make the guitar as a gift to someone....

(This message was last edited by tiller2 at 05:36 AM, Nov 19th, 2011)

mfitz804
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Nov 19th, 2011 07:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love the idea and it makes me wish I knew how to build.

Peegoo
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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Nov 19th, 2011 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in.

I have accumulated many parts from doing repairs/replacements. I have a set on MIM Tele pickups from one of the Bjorkes here I could use. I might make a body out of plywood, just because.

Does it HAVE to be a Tele shape? Or can it be shaped like anything, so long as it has a Tele bridge and Tele controls?


You are truly evil for suggesting this, and I thank you for it.

12BarBlues
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There is a light that never goes out.
Nov 19th, 2011 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in.

tiller2
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Nov 19th, 2011 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So my earlier questions reveal my profound lack of imagination, or of ambition... I'd better measure the thickness of a big ole cutting board I've got.

wrnchbndr
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The otters threw me out
Nov 19th, 2011 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was about to make a pathetic post of "oh well then..."

The instruments ought to have strings but other than that -- no rules. But if someone makes a perfect clone of a PRS McCarty and calls it a telecaster, I wouldn't count on a win. Its the spirit that counts. How cheap can you make a telecaster is one way to go. How close to something that looks like a telecaster for under or close to $100 is another way. Telecaster Basses are okay too.

BbendFender
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Throw in a pick and you've got a deal!
Nov 19th, 2011 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in too. I think I have everything I need. Might make the body from some old pine.

wrnchbndr
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The otters threw me out
Nov 19th, 2011 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Photographs of the pursuit might make this more interesting to others. I hate to think of the times that I forgot to take pictures.

I have a log outside that has been laying in the grass for a few years...

Peegoo
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That chicken

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Nov 19th, 2011 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Termitecaster?

Worm-o-caster?

Can't call it The Log, or Les Paul will visit you in your dreams and he'll beat you like a spavin'd plow horse.

CheesyBob
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My calender says W.T.F.
Nov 20th, 2011 09:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think I have some pups, pots and 5 tuners. This may be a banjo tele, but I may be up for the challenge.

The Cassiuscaster!

(This message was last edited by CheesyBob at 09:12 PM, Nov 20th, 2011)

Achase4u
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Nov 21st, 2011 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Someone better make one out of plastic or something...

Peegoo
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That chicken

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Nov 21st, 2011 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Damn...that's a great idea. Maybe one of those clear acrylic toilet seat lids with the seashells embedded in it. Hmmm...

wrnchbndr
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New Jersey

The otters threw me out
Nov 22nd, 2011 04:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In truth, I've been looking for some 1960s or 1970 Artdeco formica. Formica used to make a boomerang pattern in a number of different colors and I don't thing that DanElectroever used it. I can find it in full sheets but that is a lot more than I need or am willing to pay for. A Dano style tele would be cheap and easy.

mr black
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Nov 22nd, 2011 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds like a fun challenge. I don't have all the parts but if I can find a cheap donor guitar, I'll jump in.

Peegoo
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Nov 22nd, 2011 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Boomerang Formica in yellow with blue booms would be so damn cool!

CheesyBob
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After M & T,

My calender says W.T.F.
Nov 22nd, 2011 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Can I put stuff on my christmas list and not count it against the bottom line?

This will be tough for those of us who are newbies (not tons of spares) but I am ready for a winter build project.



Peegoo
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That chicken

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Nov 22nd, 2011 05:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

wrnchbndr is a reasonable man.

Usually.

Maybe do a Tele "as cheaply as you can."


I did a 335-alike for about $100.

egzibit A

Stratrocker
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good welder, crappy guitar player
Nov 22nd, 2011 09:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"All loosers who enter must buy a star from Chris Greene."

How do you buy a star?

wrnchbndr
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New Jersey

The otters threw me out
Nov 23rd, 2011 04:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Its easy to buy a star.

On a moonless clear night in February a lot of us will go outside in the very early AM before the frost falls wearing newspaper pirate hats and slippers. We find a bare patch of earth and take a tire iron from an old Chevrolet and scratch a star shape into the ground. You can try to use something else to make your star but I've had the best luck with my tire iron. Then we remove our slippers and stand on the star barefoot and sing Johnny B Goode softly to ourselves with our right thumb and pinkie pinching our left earlobe. We then take a nickle and put it about three inches under the surface of the dirt in the middle of the star facing heads up with the top of the head facing Idaho. Google Earth is handy for finding which way is Idaho. At that point we go back inside log on to the FDP and press the DONATE button and send Chris $50 via Paypal. Magically within a day or two you'll see a star apear under your FDP user name every time you make a post.

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