Not sure if this is considered a build or a mod project, but here goes. This project has two objectives: 1: I really wanted a Thinline Tele with a Bigsby(ish) trem and a modern 9.5" radius neck, without spending too much. Even though I'm basically rebuilding this from the ground up, I'll still come in a fair bit cheaper than the cheapest similarly spec'ed Fender. Of course, this might turn out to be a real lemon, but in that case I can hopefully fix it 2: I've never done anything more advanced than replace a pickguard, so I want to get somewhat comfortable with modding my own guitars. Hopefully this will allow me to fix whatever I don't like on a guitar in the future, rather than just selling it and hoping the next one will fit me better. My starting point is a Classic Vibe 60s Custom Thinline Mahogany Telecaster, but when I'm done with it the only parts that remain will be the body and a couple of pieces of hardware. Here's the "before" pic - Untouched and unsullied; it actually plays and feels pretty nice, all things considered. Throw some compensated saddles on there, a nicer set of pickups and a proper setup, and it could be a great workhorse. But of course, that's not what we're doing. Now, the sensible thing to do would have been to start small - Maybe replace the pickups, or the bridge, and then build on that. But once I decided to go ahead with this, I pretty much went "screw it" and I pretty much ordered an entire guitar's worth of parts all at once. So yeah, let's see where this goes. Here's the list of parts that are going in: Pribora Cream T pickups I've had a set of his Blues Classic pickups in another Tele and I loved them, but they were currently sold out. People seem to like these too though, so I figured I'd give them a shot. Solderless wiring harness from Six String Supplies I never learned to solder, and I figured I have enough of a learning curve on this project already. If I really get into this whole modding thing, I definitely want to get into soldering as well though. Fender Standard Telecaster replacement neck (satin finish, pau ferro fingerboard) I'm sure I could have gotten something cheaper and "better" from another manufacturer, but after reading a few stories about issues with fitting non-standard necks I figured I'd stay on brand for this one. By all accounts, Fender necks should fit CV bodies without any issue, and that turned out to be the case (see below) Duesenberg Diamond Deluxe Tremola Short Basically a Bigsby as designed by a German engineer. Simpler restringing, and an arm that can be adjusted for length, plus super smooth operation. Gotoh Intune sadler Great saddles, but I hope I won't run into issues with combinind them with a trem Scalloped ashtray bridge plate Nothing fancy; found on eBay. Bridge plate with cutaways that will allow the trem to operate properly. Walnut pickguard I was surfing eBay to see if I came across some nice pickguards, and came across a guy in Greece who made walnut pickguards. We'll see how it looks - If it works it will definitely give the guitar a pretty unique look. I also have to find a set of tuners, since the Squier ones are not compatible with the Fender neck, and because I'd like to find a set of staggered tuners to hopefully avoid the need for a string tree. I'm also considering "de-glossing" the body with some 0000 steel wool, but I'm not sure about this yet. I've seen it done (on YouTube) and it should work well in theory, but if it doesn't I'll have pretty much ruined a perfectly good body. I definitely don't want to end up with a "relic" finish. I test fitted the neck to see if it fit, and just placed the trem assembly on the body to see how it would look, and I think this might just turn out pretty cool. I'm liking the look of that Duesenberg trem. Still awaiting the arrival of the electronics, pickguard and bridge plate, so there' not much more I can do right now. Hopefully it will start arriving this week, although I know that Pribora doesn't always have the shortest shipping times. I'll also be looking for a set of tuners very shortly.