So, as I said in my introduction I have lots of questions 1. which tele should I build. looking at lots of images on google, I like the older ones I think. Im asking because I want to buy the templates and plans and I probably need to decide that right? Since I dont really know any history on Teles I'm going mostly on looks. No binding, plain pick guard, basic electronics(not a semi hollow/ thin line) 2. I found the Terry Downs plan, is it just 1 page? what tele is it? 3. can I make a 1 piece neck (maple) and use a modern 2 way truss rod? and would that have a flat level router chanel? 4. Local lumber supplier has alder and poplar in 8/4. they want to sell the whole board. the alder is 7"wide, 8 foot long $51. Poplar is 7 1/2 wide 10 foot long $32. What would go with and why? body will be painter solid color. 5. are 1/4 inch MDF templates adequate or should I buy the 1/2? 6. looks like EBay may be the best place to buy plans templates and luthier tools $$$ wise. Agree? 7. does neck wood (maple most likely) need to be 1/4 sawn? and will 13/16 thick s4s work? any maple? soft, hard, birds eye etc. I think that once all these questions have been answered and decided on I can start the buying process. I know I can buy a Fender Tele new for far less that what I'm about to spend but I want to build it myself. Thanks in advance for all your responses and help.