When I first got into guitar, I declared myself a Strat guy and paid little attention to Teles. As time went on I gravitated toward their look and tone, and when April came this year I couldn’t resist putting part of my tax return into this project. Building this took months of crawling through google results, forum postings, and YouTube videos in addition to a good two months of assembly. Full details below the gallery.
The body is mahogany with a flame maple top cut to a “hybrid” style–it uses the “thinline” style f-hole but the standard Tele control route. I got the body from Jeff at Peach State Guitar.
The neck is the Vintage Modern cut from Warmoth with 6130 frets and a corian nut.
The pickups are from Lindy Fralin. In the bridge position I’ve got his standard vintage telecaster single coil with AlNiCo V pole pieces and 7k turns. In the neck I’ve got an Unbucker wound to 8k — this pickup can be split using the push-pull volume knob for the full humbucker or the overwound screw coil (4.5k). Tons of versatility in the neck position with this pickup.
As for hardware, I went for the vintage-style Kluson tuners, bridge with 6 “barrel” saddles, the standard three-position switch, and a master volume/master tone.