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Cheap but good tele bodies?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by butlerdidit, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. butlerdidit

    butlerdidit Tele-Meister

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    Looking for cheap but good tele bodies, finished, preferably lighter weight. Don't care if the finish is perfectly done as long as it looks decent and everything lines up right. I have read the comments on GFS and Eden bodies. Are there any other sources that are better?
     
  2. Luthi3rz

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  3. Festus_Hagen

    Festus_Hagen Tele-Meister

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    Depends on what ya want ...
     
  4. butlerdidit

    butlerdidit Tele-Meister

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    Under $300? I thought I described pretty well what I want...
     
  5. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Friend of Leo's

    Don't the Stratosphere do Tele bodies for around that?

    Otherwise I would suggest used Squires as donor guitars.
     
  6. NothingGoatboat

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    GFS makes really good bodies. I've never had something not line up. The finish is usually really good to, and you get more options than if you used a Squier body. The normal bodies are Paulownia, which is super light. Brad Paisley gets it in his Crook guitars, and he doesn't have an issue with the density. The XGP weigh a tiny bit more, but are firmer. The GFS bodies are really the best bang for the buck. Another option is to find a used MIM body, or even a Classic Vibe body. Reverb has lots of good bodies from Stratosphere, usually under or around $300. Good luck!
     
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  7. Festus_Hagen

    Festus_Hagen Tele-Meister

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    Fender bodies are under 200.00 on ebay. There is a nice sunburst squire loaded on there for 130.00.

    You can always go the cheap wood route and get paulownia, as was said. I'd at least get alder, but that's just me.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Luthi3rz

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  9. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Holic

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    Yeah, for 300 bucks you can get a pretty wide selection of great finished bodies.

    Ebay has fender bodies all day for well under that. Mjt for a relic look.

    Do yave already have a neck and hardware/pickups?
     
  10. Sollipsist

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    I've heard of many people having no issues with their GFS bodies. My one and only experience was less satisfying.

    I eventually made it work, but if (when) I was going to do it again, I'd probably grab something from Stratosphere if I wanted real Fender/Squier, or Warmoth if I needed something specific & different.
     
  11. Slowisfast

    Slowisfast Tele-Meister

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  13. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

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    You did a fine job of describing what you were looking for but not of describing what "cheap" meant to you. I would have guessed you were in the $100, +/- range when you said "cheap." And as you can see from the responses, $300 is not at all cheap, and if this is the budget you can stomach, you have a lot of very fine options available. For a number of reasons I'd recommend you start at the Stratosphere, as have several others.
    Good luck with the search - let us know what you choose.
    Rex
     
  14. HolyTele Tube

    HolyTele Tube TDPRI Member

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    300$ at Warmoth.com will buy you almost any standard body in all configurations. They do great work.
     
  15. DarkshipDan

    DarkshipDan TDPRI Member

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    Yet another vote for Stratophere. I also got a really nice roasted maple neck from them for my Tele.
     
  16. PARCO

    PARCO Tele-Meister

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    Check out Musikraft.
     
  17. butlerdidit

    butlerdidit Tele-Meister

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I guess what is making it harder for me is that my preferred colors are foam green or fiesta red or sonic red. The pulled bodies are mostly black, white, candy apple red, some sort of burst.
     
  18. Luthi3rz

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    http://www.warmoth.com/Showcase/ShowcaseItem.aspx?Body=2&Type=2&i=PT7273
    http://www.warmoth.com/Showcase/ShowcaseItem.aspx?Body=2&Type=2&i=PT7227
    http://www.warmoth.com/Showcase/ShowcaseItem.aspx?Body=2&Type=2&i=PT7194
    http://www.warmoth.com/Showcase/ShowcaseItem.aspx?Body=2&Type=2&i=PT7040
     
  19. butlerdidit

    butlerdidit Tele-Meister

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    Yup, I did indeed end up going with the Warmoth Seafoam green. At $295, it is not cheap, but at least it should be good quality.
     
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