I did read and understand your original post. I also assumed that since you already built bass guitars you were familiar with all the aspects of building. I apologize if my attempt at strat humor was not clear without a smiley face. --> I built several 1.5" thick pine Teles and wanted to make sure you are aware of the switch depth issue. This can be overcome by using a Gibson SG type switch if you want to go thinner than 1.5". I have also used the little slide switches like on a Jazzmaster on a 1.5" body. What is your target total weight? As I said before I have a couple (6.6 & 6.8 lbs) that are considered on the light end of Teles. The 6.6 is chambered alder with a maple top and the 6.8 is 1 3/4" pine. I actually prefer the 1.5" guitars for playing comfort rather than using arm or belly cuts on the guitars I build. .