Originally Posted by kenoflife
... where I can find a quality unfinished ALDER tele body that is in the 3.5 lb range? ...
Warmoth makes what they call a "chambered Tele" body that has channels routed in the body to reduce weight. This is said to reduce the body weight by 25%.
USA Custom Guitars makes the "T-hollow" which is solid in the middle but has a hollow chamber on each side of the middle.
Either of these is available with or without f-hole(s).