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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Tell us about your homebuilt FrankenTele

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Suburban MD.

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

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!


Pacific Northwest

May 2nd, 2016 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

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.

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


Pacific Northwest

May 2nd, 2016 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Picture #2

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Pacific Northwest

May 2nd, 2016 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

pic 3; stealth pickups

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Pacific Northwest

May 2nd, 2016 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

pic #4; decal by J Bennett

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Enjoy Every Popsicle
May 2nd, 2016 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Unfricken believable guitar macatt.

Just beautiful.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
May 3rd, 2016 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

This "parts bin special" is probably one of the weirder ones:

* Light weight eBay swamp ash body, manufacturer unknown. DIY nitro finish.

* Warmoth conversion neck, 24-3/4" scale, tiltback headstock, 10"-16" compound radius, DIY wipe-on poly finish, low wide Gibson-style frets, modified Grover open-gear tuners, neck shimmed for Bigsby installation.

* Fender Original Vintage Tele bridge pickup, G&L MFD neck pickup.

* Push-pull pots on both volume and tone, to give out-of-phase and/or N+B in series in middle position.

* Homemade aluminum bridge with Wilkinson ramp-compensated saddles.

* Modified B5 Bigsby with homemade bar lever.

The whole thing is lightly reliced so I don't feel I have to baby it. It's plain and ugly, but that's the kind of Telecaster I like.


(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 05:19 PM, May 3rd, 2016)

reformed audiophile
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long island, ny

all partscasters, all the time...
May 3rd, 2016 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I did this one a few years ago.

It has an early 90s Stew Mac ash body, Allparts TMO-FAT neck, cut down Fender bridge plate, Rutters knobs and misc Rutters, Armadillo and Callaham bits and pieces (hardware from the parts bin). The finish is ReRanch Butterscotch Blonde nitro (shot by me) with Tru-Oil on the neck.

Best part is the wrnchbndr stainless fret job and Rumplestiltskin 1950 Black Rope pickup set (with 4-way switching).

Blackguard style

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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
May 3rd, 2016 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

macatt, I generally don't care for 3 pup Teles, but yours is awesome.



May 7th, 2016 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Amazing stuff guys. Love the creativity!

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
May 7th, 2016 09:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Te 52
That is definitely a freakazoid tele!
Pretty cool though.
Love that crazy wang bar!!

Seeing all these home-brews makes me want to build one now.
I've been wondering what my next project should be. Maybe I've got the answer....

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 02:51 AM, May 8th, 2016)


Pacific Northwest

May 8th, 2016 04:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sandbagger; Thanks,I like it too.

Viera: I have four Teles and I put middle pickups and vibratos in all of them :-)
I like to be able to get that iconic Tele bridge sound and middle sound plus getting Strat sounds as well.I gain much and don't lose anything.

S Mac

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So. Cal. USA

May 9th, 2016 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

macatt, Awesome job on that Tele! Details galore that just make that thing gorgeous!

The stealth PUs are over the top!

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
May 9th, 2016 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

nice work on that tele mac..
not a big fan of 3 pu tele's or the bigsby..

but your tele has taken it to a different level..

I could dig it for sure if it were mine..;-0..
as for Franken Tele's I have my fair share...

its addicting!

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

May 9th, 2016 06:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

It *is* addicting. I have a whole bunch more of these beasts, and they're all different.


Pacific Northwest

May 9th, 2016 09:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks guys, for the comps on the Macaster.

S Mac



Thou Shalt Gas !
May 24th, 2016 02:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have 2, one I built for a review for WD Music with Compensated bridge, Klusons and Kent Armstrong Pups, the parts were chosen for the review ended up very nicely although I would have preferred a neck without the over hang.

WD Music Tele



Thou Shalt Gas !
May 24th, 2016 02:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

And another built from parts from a UK dealer Northwest Guitars. This one I selected the parts myself.

Surf green, body with white binding finished in nitro. Maple vintage tint neck with klusons. Fat 50 Custom Shop pups. Compensated Bridge.

I've had a few offers for this one actually, but they no longer do the body so it's quite unique and a keeper.

Had it professional setup and frets levelled and even the luthier was impressed.

Surf Green Tele

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
May 29th, 2016 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

This doesn't really belong here, but I'll post anyway.

I bought a Peavey Generation EXP Triple/Single (think Nashville tele with three full size strat pups) on the cheap. It's Butterscotch with a maple FB.

I swapped out all of the hardware to black; it already had a black PG & PUP covers. The bridge is black, but I did go with six brass saddles. None of the hardware is Big Name, just functional & affordable.

The set-up needs some professional tweaking because there's some fretbuzz I can't get rid of. While it's in the shop I'm considering having a set of PUPs from GFS (see functional & affordable) installed. I'm not sure which ones to order, the choices are many, and all I know right now is I want the 'tele twang' in the bridge.

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We had the hit but Van got the money
May 29th, 2016 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

It all started with an original '68 sparkle silver Tele that I traded the late steel great Kenny Trantham for in '73. Wanting nothing to do with a sparkle Tele, I stripped the finish to the wood, stained it and commendced to hack it to death for about six years. In the early 90s I came back to music, got a pile of parts from 48th St Custom Guitars and a Warmoth body and made a FrankenCaster out of it, giving the hogged out, hacked & battered original '68 body to a friend. Fast forward to '02, Kenny passed away and in tribute I decided to restore the '68 to it's original glory.

I ordered a sparkle silver body from Warmoth and while waiting for it found a Marty Bell sparkle finished body on Ebay. Before I could cancel the Warmoth order brown delivered the box. So now I had three bodies and one neck. As the restration of the '68 progressed I decided I didn't like either of the sparkle bodies, so I sought out an original early '68 Tele body (needed the center wire channel) that someone had already refinished so I wouldn't feel like a heel. One popped up from a floral tele a guy had refinished Lake Placid Blue..BINGO! Marty Bell refinished it in sparkle silver and the '68 project was almost done.

But, now what to do with the other two bodies, one of which was already wired with pickups, etc.? Ebay provided two All Parts '52 replacement necks, one for the FrankenCaster body, another for the Ebay sparkle silver body. Out of my stash came a Barden bridge, '52 RI bridge pickup, tuners, screws, etc. and pretty soon I had the sparklecaster in fine trim.

So, one original Tele spawned three. '68 is on the left....Fun!

Tele Triplets

(This message was last edited by SoK66 at 09:04 PM, Jul 19th, 2016)

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