Rat Rod "Deluxe" - Built to go, not for show! I love the whole hot-rodded Esquire concept of the Fender Custom Shop La Cabronita Especial. (Some early promo photos included the "Esquire" name on the headstock decal.) Starting with the classic Esquire design as a base, stripping it to the bare bones, and then rebuilding it with high performance components really appeals to me. My plan was to kick it a notch further into "rat rod" territory as a D-I-Y project with some custom parts and a few upgrades. My goal was to create a player's guitar with no "authentic & vintage" aspirations and without the high price associated with the scarcity & branding of a Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition. Really enjoyed the process, including the photos and graphics - I see how this could be addicting! Body - Pine, a little thinner than a standard Telecaster but not quite as thin as the original pine 1950 Esquire models. Finished with rattlecan John Deere Blitz Black, a flat black paint popular with rat rod builders because it's cheap, durable, easy to use, and looks great. Neck - Large "C" maple neck & fingerboard with heel truss rod adjustment, medium tall frets, and 9.5" radius. Bone nut. Finished with Tru-Oil over amber shellac. Steel inserts and stainless steel neckplate & bolts for ease of adjustment and disassembly for travel. This particular neck/body combo required a small shim which is brass. Tuners - Sperzel Sound Lock open back locking tuners in chrome with pearloid buttons. Great light weight tuners with an elegant design that offer a nice counterpoint to the overall "industrial" aspect of this guitar. Pickup - Chrome TV Jones Classic Plus has slightly less of that mid-range PAF/humbucker sound compared to the TV Jones Powertron. I think it has a more complex Filtertron-style voice with plenty of punch and gives this single pickup instrument extra character. Especially nice with a low gain overdrive pedal. Controls - CTS pots: 500K volume, 250k tone with Greasebucket tone circuit. Some people prefer a standard tone circuit but I think the Greasebucket works here. Switchcraft jack with aluminum Electrosocket. Bridge - Custom machined solid brass bridgeplate with six stainless steel saddles. Same materials mix, with a little more "rat rod" attitude, as the American Standard Hard Tail on the original La Cabronita. Knobs - Custom machined solid brass. Domed with heavy knurling. Pickguard & control cover - Custom cut single ply .060" Parchment. Hardware - Stainless steel throughout.