Thanks to Telecaster.com! Without this forum I could not have done this: Most of the parts I used to assemble my first tele were used or seconds, still I’m very pleased with the results. Just about everything I needed to know I found on this forum. I needed a little help from the Seymour Duncan forum which is great too. I bought most of the parts from different vendors on eBay with some good and some bad results. Body I bought this first. There is a small nick in the binding and some finish problems but you can’t see them from a foot away. The neck pickup route was too big for a humbucker sized pickup so I cut some dowels in half and glued them in the corners. The screws then had something to bite into and the pickup ring covered the edges of the rout. Pickups I used a Seymour Duncan Phat Cat for the neck pickup and a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound STL3 for the bridge pickup. These pickups sound great and are very well matched. With a four way switch there are unique and very usable sounds in every position. Wiring this combination of pickups was no walk in the park and thanks to the Seymour Duncan Forum for helping with that. For my taste they are a little mushy sounding with the volume pegged and I would prefer pickups with more bite and chime. I’ll take care of that on the next build. Neck I chose a Mighty Mite 22 fret satin finish neck from one of the big suppliers. This component caused me the most stress. I expected the worst but the quality of the neck was surprisingly good. The only thing I needed to do was dress the fret ends which were too sharp. There was also a small nick in the headstock and some tear out in the tuner holes but nothing too bad. That explains the low price. Controls I got parts from all over the place for the control set. Domed knobs, 4 way switch, plate, treble bleed kit, tone cap, pots, Switchcraft mono output and a 4 screw jack plate. I used 500K CTS solid shaft pots and had to drill out the control plate for them to fit. The Sprague .0015uf cap and 220K resistor for the treble bleed works great. The .022uF Orange Drop tone cap gives a real wide range of tones but with this set of pickups I’ll probably never use it. Bridge The Wilkinson bridge with the compensated saddles was a little disappointing. There is a small dent in the plate and there are some sharp edges. Aside from that it works fine and I was able to set the intonation close to perfect. I think next time I’ll try a better quality bridge with 6 saddles. Tuners The tuners were the big disappointment of the build. I’ve been using Sperzel locking tuners on my guitars since 1989 and love them so that’s what I ordered. The tuners I received cut all my strings at the point where you insert the string into the post. Not just one string, all of them! The vendor says I might have gotten a bad set (you think?) and will replace them. I hope it is just a fluke and Sperzel hasn’t gone down the tubes like so many other American manufacturers. The End I was in the planning and buying phase for two months and it took about 20 hours to build once I got all the parts. I’m sure I can easily cut the build time in half next time which I am definitely looking forward to!