I had a thinking tele body that I bought brand new for 50 euro from a local luthier that didn't want it. I figured that I buy a neck and put together a guitar but the body ended up collecting dust for more than 2 years. Until I had this idea of building a neck from scratch with help from my dad. We've never done anything similar but I thought that it would be a nice experience and a way to spend more time together doing something that he would also enjoy. So we started building a one piece wenge neck, I ordered some new pickups and hardware and we just put everything together this week. The body is a 2-piece korina back with a more-than-4-pieces burned Chestnut top. The edges aren't the traditional tele shape as you can see but they are much more curved. It originally had a hole for a normal neck pickup but I had to route a bigger hole for the neck pickup. I made the neck pickup ring from leftover wood from the neck blank. The neck is a one piece wenge with a walnut skunk stripe. 14 inch radius stainless steel frets. The profile is a soft-V turning into a D on the 14th fret. I like fairly chunky necks so it's 1 inch thick all the way. The nut is bigger than normal but I can't recall exactly what and I don't have the template we made with me right now. It's a size fender has used though for some guitars. I didn't fill the grain of the neck cause I preferred that look and feel. Both the neck and body are finished with Tru oil. The neck only has 3 layers of it and the fretboard is raw. I tried to keep most components made in Greece and everything is made here except the frets, pots, capacitor and tuners which I already had and I'm planning to change them to gold locking tuners sometime soon. The hardware is from a fantastic company named Halon in Thessaloniki that makes custom hardware in really good prices and with excellent materials. Really great service and only payed 150 for 2 sets of compensated saddles, neck plate, control plate, brass ferule block and a stainless steel bridge with the ability to top load all gold plated. For pickups I wanted something more modern since my other tele has a pretty vintage sound. I considered rails for that Richie kotzen sound but after talking with Nick Silver, a local pickup builder, whose pickups I already have in my tele, I changed my mind. I went for a combo of an underwound Charlie Christian and a more modern version of the tele bridge pickup (Sweeny Todd model on his website) wired in a 4 way switch and with 500k CTS pots and a 22nf cap and they sound magical. The bridge pickup is a bit hotter that usual but not brighter, it has more mids and crazy attack and dynamics. Overall it's pretty well balanced. The Charlie Christian is much more warm sounding with a lot of volume and depth making the guitar sound huge and is great for anything from jazz to hard rock. Both of them work amazing together. In parallel they give a 4th position strat vibe which is my favorite strat position. On series they almost sound and behave like a humbucker and makes the guitar sound much more like a Les Paul. You can see that the neck pickup cover is broken. I asked Nick to make the cover from vinyl and I accidentally dropped the pickups the day I got them and it broke. I glued it back and I have already asked Nick to make a new one to replace the broken one. Overall the guitar turned much better than I expected. The neck is super slik and comfortable. The guitar when played unplugged has a really acoustic sound and it's much louder than any other guitar I own. I was afraid that the bridge pickup would be too bright but it matched with the wood nicely and it's not harsh and brittle at all. There isn't anything I would do differently and I learned a lot from the procedure. It's much more easier to build a neck than I thought and I didn't use any guitar making tools other than a radius sanding block. All the tools I used where tools my dad already had or tools we bought from a normal hardware store. The result is and looks really professional in my opinion. Only the nut isn't that great but it was my first time cutting a nut and I did it without the proper files, but still it works pretty well and I don't have any problems with it, only cosmetic issues. Maybe I'll replace it in a few years.