the body is a slightly beat up gfs paulownia, the used and abused neck came from a standard squier that i L&C'd and renutted with buffalo horn, the pickup is/was a dead fender custom shop tele that i rewound for fatter tones, the bridge is a wilk comp and the strings are ghs nickel 11-50. is the tone any different if a vol pot was wired in? YES. very noticeable. a vol pot sucks off some measure of treble and "presence" to ground. could this be an "only guitar"? hail no! GOT to have a kick-arse twin engined tele first and foremost!