I decided I wanted to build a Double Bender Tele with the look and sound of a 50s Blackguard. After researching Bender mechanisms, I decided I wanted to design my own with the intent of hiding everything (except the levers and set screws which can’t really be hidden) in the body, and also not have to modify the bridge. So face on, it looks like a classic Tele. I started with some CAD work to model out a plan for the Bender mechanism. Then got a body routing template and a nice piece of Ash (they don’t designate their Ash, I couldn’t specifically get Swamp Ash) from the planing mill that was big enough to let me do 6 1 piece bodies. I just rough cut them tonight, then will finish route them Saturday morning. I’ve been ordering components in preparation like Custom wound ‘52 Tele pickups from a local fella, nickel bridge with 3 brass saddles, nickel neck & control plate, Bakelite PickGuard, and some pots, wires, and caps. Trying to do as much Made in USA stuff as I can, as well as vintage style stuff.