Here's my latest build, a fretless Tele. There's a story behind this guitar. It begins with a bad neck. A couple of years ago I bought a neck on Ebay from a guy who had sold a lot of neck and had a lot of positive feedbacks. Unfortunately, he must have been having a bad day when he built my neck. Edges that should be square were rounded over, the end of the heel was cut for a Strat instead of a Tele and the frets were a mess. I didn't pay a lot for the neck and hate Ebay hassles, so I just tossed it on a shelf and forgot about it. Several months later I got to thinking about a Tele lap steel and thought this neck might work. I removed the frets that hadn't already fallen out and inlaid brass strips in the slots. I refinished the neck and installed some tuners, then decided that the neck was really too thin for a lap steel. So, back on the shelf. A couple of months ago I got to thinking about a fretless Tele and remembered the orphan neck. I matched the neck up with a mahogany body that's been lying around in my shop and got to work. The finish is nitrocellulose. The bridge pickup is from a Tradition JR series Tele. The neck pickup is from a Fender American Standard. The bridge is a six-saddle top loader from the parts bin. Wiring is standard Tele. When played like a regular guitar this guitar sounds Oud-like. Of course I had to fight the impulse to fret the strings behind the fret line. The finger has to rest right on the line. Playing a chord is tricky, especially if the chord requires adjacent strings to be fretted at the same location. Single notes and double stops work. It's an interesting sound, but I don't know any Oud tunes so I tuned it like a Dobro and played it with a slide. It roars.