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cka1973

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Apr 30th, 2016 11:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lets hear about your home built, not quite factory telecasters! Mine has a 2006 American Highway one body in that transparent red color, with a Mexican standard neck,(my favorite fender neck regardless of price. Pretty sure I'm not alone there!), Fender vintage noiseless pickups, a callaham vintage T model bridge assembly with enhanced vintage brass compensated saddles, and a nice pearloid pickguard added for a bit of flash. The weight is around 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Anyway, the most comfortable, versatile, and best sounding tele I've owned among the several I've bought and sold through the years. What kinda tele are you rockin these days?

(This message was last edited by cka1973 at 02:00 AM, May 1st, 2016)

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American Patriot

I'm on guard these days.
May 1st, 2016 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Made from Hammond organ wood.

Franken Esquire

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May 1st, 2016 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one with a lightweight ash body I made, Wilkinson comp bridge, CS Nocaster pickup set, and custom homebrew pickguard.

It has a Warmoth maple neck with a '59 carve and stainless steel 6100 fret wire, and a large CBS Strat headstock. Sacrilege! With a decal that announces it's the Telesmasher.

haha

But it's a real player of a Tele-beast. It was my main gigging guitar for several years.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 03:44 PM, May 1st, 2016)

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May 1st, 2016 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have 2 homebrewed Teles.

3 TSB Guitar Mill body, Allparts maple neck like a fat Nocaster, Barden bridge, Lawrence/Wilde Noisefree pickups, Earvana nut.

Warmoth double bound Seafoam green thinline body, Warmoth Gibson conversion neck (3+3 headstock, birdseye maple, Ziricote fretboard, 10-16 compound radius, jumbo frets, 59 roundback, pearloid trap inlays), Thinline vintage pearl pickguard, Kent Armstrong noiseless P90 at neck, GFS Lil Puncher in Barden bridge, Abalone domed knobs, home made truss rod cover in vintage pearl. This guitar is seeing a lot of action lately.

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May 1st, 2016 02:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's another one.

Chupacabronita Tele clone

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May 1st, 2016 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And another one.

Old Glory

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May 1st, 2016 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It never

ends...

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May 1st, 2016 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just when ya think I'm outta home-brew Teles,

There's a moth-proof Tele Thing made of red cedar with mahogany neck

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May 1st, 2016 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have (had) three. Recently tore down the blue one and sold the body. The other two are keepers.

My Tele Partscasters

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May 1st, 2016 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That amber tiger stripe is fantastic-lookin'.

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
May 1st, 2016 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice looking group! I love those trans finishes.

How come you sold the blue one?
I remember you put so much work into that one, and I thought it came up great.

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May 2nd, 2016 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No pic's on this computer, so a description will have to suffice.

Actually, my first guitar build was a Tele - and it's still one of my favorite guitars. It's also a bit of a hybrid.
It's an Arctic White MIM body with a Warmoth Strat neck. I had bought the neck for Strat that I ended up selling. Never quite bonded with that guitar, but I loved the neck. It's got a pao ferro board and the "Clapton" neck profile. And it's a 22-fret neck with the fret board extension and that covers up the corner gaps at the neck join.
I used a Wilkinson bridge with the 3 compensated brass saddles and a set of the "Modern" Barden Tele pickups. I also reversed the control plate.

I'll post a pic when I can.
Been playing this one a lot, lately - sounds amazing plugged into my '68 Deluxe Reverb.

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South of I10
May 2nd, 2016 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Miick Reid, The blue one started as a test bed for learning how to finish a body. When it came out as good as it did, decided to take all the parts I needed to rebuild it from my 1999 USA 52 RI. After playing it a while I just decided to put the 52RI back together. When I want to play a Tele, I find myself going to the Tiger Eye.

M Tracy
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Lafayette IN

May 2nd, 2016 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a pair of chameleon Teles. The left is gold, orange, red. It looks kinda coppery in most light. Rumple white ropes Warmoth neck ebony board stainless frets mother of pearl nut, because it looks so nice next to the black ebony board.

The right tele is blue, green, and purple. GFS pickups and bridge. It's super light and is a blast to play. Needs more chrome though.

Tele twins

M Tracy
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Lafayette IN

May 2nd, 2016 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One more. This one's bass boat holo flake, very sparkly and very time consuming to get it right. Highorder pickups wilkinson trem other random shiny bits. It sounds good, not very tele like but still good, and you can see it from space.

Sparkly

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So. Cal. USA

May 2nd, 2016 05:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's one of them.....

Tele Build

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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
May 2nd, 2016 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hope to get started on mine this weekend. It will end up as an Esquire, not a Tele, but I like what I got... MIM body, MIJ 62 neck (which needs a new nut!), Duncan stacked pickup and pre-wired control plate with the Eldred mod and setting #1 bypasses the tone for more bite.

Step #1...put all the parts in one place!

macatt

Pacific Northwest

macatt
May 2nd, 2016 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My custom designed Macaster

Body and neck by USACG. Contoured arm and rib cuts.
Bridge pickup; 1950 Champion steel guitar pickup
"stealth" pickups: middle=Van Zandt Blues, neck=SD P-90 under guard.

Glendale double cut bridge plate, brass saddles, locking tuners.
Separate volume for neck, blender for middle in bridge/middle position.

External link

(This message was last edited by macatt at 10:19 PM, May 2nd, 2016)

macatt

Pacific Northwest

macatt
May 2nd, 2016 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Picture #2

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macatt

Pacific Northwest

macatt
May 2nd, 2016 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

pic 3; stealth pickups

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