I think my first post here was in surprise at the cost of assembling a partscaster vs an off the shelf Fender (or similar). Of course I was a bit naive in my thinking....of course mass produced items are cheaper than one off specials.....silly me. I've been gathering information since then and although I can't afford to lash out and buy everything I need all at once, I can buy the body and stash it away until I can buy the neck, bridge etc etc. I don't want to buy 'cheap' components, I want to buy quality components because this will be a keeper for me, and I'm not interested in the slightest about resale value. So before I pull the trigger and order the body, I just ran through some costs today. Take a look at the following. All prices are in NZ dollars, so you can do your own conversion. All parts costs include shipping except the pickups, which will have to be guessed at for now. Tele Body, unfinished (locally sourced) = $168 Neck, unfinished 'paddle' (ex Warmoth) = $400 Tuners (locally sourced Gotoh) = $100 Bridge (locally sourced Gotoh) = $100 Neck Plate & screws (locally sourced) = $25 Switch Plate (locally sourced) = $25 Strap locks (locally sourced) = $25 Wiring harness inc pots, 4 way switch and output jack (locally sourced) = $120 Pickups (pair) ex Lindy Fralin USA = $345 + Shipping Body & neck finishing materials = $300 (estimate) Pickguard (locally sourced) = $30 Total Cost = $1638 + Pick up shipping costs. For arguments sake, lets round it off at $1,700 which will cover the pickup shipping costs plus miscellaneous screws, jig saw blades (for the paddle neck) etc etc Now have a look at the cost of some 'off the shelf' guitars Squier Standard Tele = $600 Squier Vintage Mod = $900 Squier CV = $900 Squier CVC = $1,000 Fender Std Tele = $1,300 Fender Classic Player Baja = $1,800 Epiphone ES 339 Pro = $900 Interesting isn't it? For me, the only off the shelf Tele that interests me is the Standard Tele, but it would require some modification in due course. I don't like sunburst, but I could live with the Antique Burst of the Std Tele. All the other off the shelf Squiers I don't like the colours. The Fender Std Tele doesn't interest me and the CP Baja is just too expensive. So, I'm not in a position to buy right now, but it looks like the only Tele that I would like to have (and I haven't handled one yet so I may hate it!) is the Squier Std Tele. To be honest, I think for the money I might well prefer the Epiphone ES 339 pro, which I have played around with and I like. So....that's my story. If I fade away and disappear, then you know I bought the ES 339!!