Good (i.e. Cheep) Source for Pine Tele Body

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  1. TelZilla

    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

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    So I'm looking around at pine bodies for a traditional tele body.

    The usual suspects (stewmac, Warmoth, USACG) are all around 150-200 for a two (or more) piece body.

    But out on the electronic bay there are some available for as low as $110 shipped. I know you get what you pay for, and I think I know the answer to this, but has anybody used one to good effect?

    Thanks.
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    IronSchef Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    +1 for ToneBomb - they make great bodies at nice prices
     
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    I agree with the Tonebomb bodies, well made at a good price.My avatar is a Tonebomb knotty pine tele.
     
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    You won’t find a better body at that price point than tonebomb.
    I have used clear fork as well with good luck, but note pine.
     
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    Hmmm.....those ToneBomb Pine bodies aren't a bad price even for NZ dollars. Not sure what shipping costs would be.

    But if you have got (or can get access to) some simple tools - why not build your own?

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    This is three layers of Macrocarpa (Cypress), which is very similar to Pine for its softness and workability. Two 19mm layers (centre joined) with a 6mm piece in between. 44mm total - pretty much 1 3/4 inch as per Tele specs. Total cost of wood was about 40 bucks NZ.
     
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    Tonebomb!

    Got one for the Avatar Telecaster. It’s a knotty pine body and it sounds amazing unplugged as well as when it’s plugged in. I’ve got another body in clear pine that I’m going to route for P90’s.

    Here are a few more recent photos. It was my first finish job. I should have used a little epoxy to drop fill the voids around the knots. It’s not a huge deal and I’m doing some mods on it this year so I may refinish it.

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    I assumed all the templates would cost well over $100.
     
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